Guan Eng: 'Open competitive tender' for Penang undersea tunnel, road projects

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 16): Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said there is nothing to hide or fear when the Penang Tender Committee awarded the state's undersea tunnel and road projects, through an open competitive tender.

In a statement, Guan Eng said Penang's chief minister or executive committee (exco) members are not permitted by law to be in the committee.

"There is nothing to hide nor fear when the project is granted through an open competitive tender by the Penang Tender Committee chaired by the Penang State Secretary. Bear in mind that the Penang Tender Committee is required by law to be chaired by the State Secretary and its members, senior state government officials. The Chief Minister or the exco member is not permitted by law to be in the Penang State Tender Committee.

"Both Penang State exco Lim Hock Seng and myself had said that the Penang state government had not paid a single cent for the undersea tunnel, but had paid RM208 million for work done on the three road highway projects," Guan Eng said. —

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