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Datuks in Penang tunnel probe freed on bail

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The Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court has released two datuks who were previously remanded to assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its probe into the Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

Magistrate Aida Khairuleen Azli released them on RM200,000 bail each, according to The Sun.

The men, one a property development company chairperson aged 59 and the other a senior executive director of a company aged 50, were first arrested on Jan 9 and 10 respectively following a major raid in Penang by the MACC.

The Magistrate's Court later extended their remand.

As part of its investigations into the project, the MACC has visited 41 locations including a consulting firm, as well as government agencies in Penang and Klang Valley.

Over 70 witnesses have been called in to give statements.

The brainchild of Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng, the RM6.3 billion, 7.2-km long undersea tunnel project connecting Persiaran Gurney to Bagan Ajam in Seberang Perai is scheduled to be completed in 2027.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, previously accused the MACC’s probe as being a “political witch hunt”, and claimed that all transactions for the project have been above board.

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