Back in April 2018, our Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng was criticised for alleged corruption where millions of ringgits were reportedly paid to stop MACC from investigating the undersea tunnel project.
However, after Barisan Nasional was ousted on May 9, the developer of the undersea tunnel project finally revealed the truth.
Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd was the developer in charge of the Penang undersea tunnel.
Zarul Ahmad Zulkifli, senior executive director of the construction company claimed that he was allegedly threatened by someone who represented the previous ruling government who forced him to pay RM22 million to stop MACC’s investigation on the tunnel project.
He refused to reveal the names involved because these people were serious in ‘getting people into trouble’.
Zarul told Malaysiakini during an interview,
“They ‘put a gun’ to my head, if we did not pay, we would get into trouble. During the past administration, when people threatened you, you took it seriously, as you do not know if things would happen to you or not, if it is the truth or not, it was different then.
“I took it seriously, for me I just want to go on with my business, I have no intention or interest to be part of a political quarrel.”
Source: Consortium Zenith
He added that he was seen as ‘collateral damage’. However, Zarul doesn’t consider his actions as bribery as he was pressured into doing it and did not willingly give the money.
Zarul eventually lodged a report with MACC when he couldn’t take it anymore and an investigation is currently ongoing.
In addition to that, he was also remanded for 11 days earlier this year to facilitate in this matter.
We hope that the authorities can quickly find out the party that threatened him and guarantee the safety of whistleblowers like Zarul.
(Source: Malaysiakini / WOB)