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(File pix) Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow reiterated that its component party, Gerakan, uncovered that the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), which claimed to have secured the job to conduct the feasibility studies and detailed design, quoted the costs at US$22 million, equivalent to RM90 million. Pix by Mikail Ong

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional has yet again slammed the DAP-led state government for keeping mum on the reported difference of RM118 million for the feasibility study and detailed design costs of the controversial three paired roads project.

Its chairman Teng Chang Yeow reiterated that its component party, Gerakan, uncovered that the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), which claimed to have secured the job to conduct the feasibility studies and detailed design, quoted the costs at US$22 million, equivalent to RM90 million.

However, the DAP-led Penang government had paid RM208 million via land swap of two parcels of land at Tanjung Pinang.

The US$22 million was published in the company's official website and the matter was again brought to light on Friday by Teng, but to date the state government has failed to provide an explanation.

"What is there to hide? If there is nothing to hide then they have to come clean on the matter. If I am wrong on this, the state government may take legal action against me.

"Sue me! Since they are so fond of suing people, they may sue me. If they still cannot answer, then what was published in the company's website might be true after all," he said when contacted by New Straits Times today.

The RM6.3 billion project, consisting of a 7.2km undersea tunnel and three paired roads are being undertaken by Consortium Zenith.

The project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million feasibility studies as well as the 21-month delay in completing it.

The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) is currently investigating the case. MACC has raided 19 locations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, including several government agency offices at KOMTAR and companies involved in the construction of the mega project.

MACC was also reported to have recorded statements from 20 witnesses to assist in investigating the case of a undersea tunnel construction from Gurney Road here to Bagan Ajam in Seberang Perai Utara and the three highways.

Following a raid earlier this week, two Datuks were remanded at the Magistrates Court of Putrajaya and Georgetown on Tuesday.

The most recent statement issued by the state government was by State Public Works, Utilities and Public Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng who clarified on the actual payment made to the contractor for the feasibility studies.

In his statement, he stated that the total feasibility studies and detailed design cost of the three paired roads were RM208.754 million while the feasibiliy studies and detailed design cost of the undersea tunnel project totals at RM96.248 million.

So far, Lim said that the state government had only paid for the studies involving the three paired roads, and it was made via land swap while no payment made for the undersea tunnel project.

Lim did not respond to the allegations made by Teng in this statement.

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