The Penang state government has objected the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) move in questioning Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy over the proposed undersea tunnel project. (NSTP/MIKAIL ONG)

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state government has objected the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) move in questioning Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy over the proposed undersea tunnel project.

Ramasamy was called in for questioning today.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the anti-graft body’s action was seen as politically-motivated as Ramasamy did not hold any portfolio in relation to land and public works in the state.

“I strongly object to MACC’s action...he (Ramasamy) had nothing to do with the project. He handles matters related to education.

“We are not at all surprise if other state executive council members will be called in after this,” he told a press conference at his office in Komtar today.

Ramasamy, 68, arrived at the state MACC’s office at 8.45am today to have his statement taken in relation to probe into the controversial tunnel project.

Elaborating, Lim said he challenged the MACC to record his statement although the Chinese New Year celebration is approaching.

“I am prepared to be questioned by the MaCC because I know the project is conducted through open tender.

“I am waiting for you,” he said.

Yesterday, the MACC recorded the statement of state Public Works Committed chairman Lim Hock Seng for a marathon 12 hours.

The tunnel project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million technical studies as well as the 22-month delay in completing it.

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