Penang Chief Lim Guan Eng claimed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) political party is hindering the construction of the proposed RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel in the state.

“We wanted to start work on the project but got sabotaged, so we do not know whether this project will go on or not,” he told reporters during a press briefing in George Town on Friday (26 January).

As a result, the state government of Penang is currently unsure whether the massive transportation project that includes three highways will proceed as planned.

Lim insisted that they have abided with existing rules to obtain the relevant approvals from the Department of Environment (DOE) late last year.

However, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is currently investigating the large-scale infrastructure development over possible wrongdoings.

So far, the government agency has detained four persons to aid in its investigation, comprising a female engineer, a ‘Datuk Seri’ and two ‘Datuks’. MACC also visited the offices of three private firms and four state agencies on 9 January.

Meanwhile, Penang BN Youth group submitted a letter to the Chinese Consulate-General in Penang on Thursday (25 January) to compel China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) to explain certain matters in the project.

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