No Sweet Dreams For Guan Eng’s Lawyers As Prosecution Ask Heartbreaking Questions
KUALA LUMPUR: Prosecution questions in Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial on Friday (July 16) appeared to catch the defense off guard as the hearing entered its fourth day.
Deputy Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin asked the questions as the third witness in the case, Datuk Lim Hock Seng, read his witness statement.
One of the questions was about a multibillion ringgit project on land, known as Lot 702, which was given to a third party known as Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd in exchange for the completion of a feasibility study for the Penang submarine tunnel project.
Wan Shaharuddin first asked Hock Seng, a former executive councilor of Penang state, if he knew who owned the company.
“As far as I know, I know it belongs to a Datuk (Ewe). I don’t know his full name and I don’t know the spelling, ”he said on Friday July 16th.
Wan Shaharuddin then asked if Hock Seng had heard of the development of City of Dreams on this land, with Hock Seng replying that he was aware of it.
He then asked Hock Seng if he knew if the project met the density requirement, to which Hock Seng replied that he did not know.
Wan Shaharuddin also asked Hock Seng why the state government decided to spend RM75,000 for another law firm to draft an agreement titled “Preliminary Agreement for the Privatization of Major Roads and Tunnels in Pulau Pinang ”, when he previously said the project should cost the state government nothing.
Wan Shaharuddin: If the state legal adviser was involved, wouldn’t the state have saved RM75,000?
Hock Seng: Yes, but it would have taken longer.
Hock Seng added that the state legal adviser was not involved in drafting the preliminary agreement for the project, as the state government wanted it to be completed as soon as possible.
The questions appeared to annoy Guan Eng defense attorney Gobind Singh Deo, who asked about the relevance of the development in the case.
“What is the relevance of the City of Dreams? I need to know exactly what they are accusing my client so that we can prepare our defense, ”he said.
Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi then asked Gobind to hand over the case to the authorities on his objections before setting August 16-20 for the trial to continue.
Guan Eng, 60, faces four corruption charges involving the construction of an underwater tunnel and a twin roads project in Penang.
In the first amended charge, the Bagan MP is accused of using his post as Chief Minister of Penang to corruptly receive RM 3.3 million to help a company owned by Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli secure the project underwater tunnel and twin roads in Penang worth RM6. , 341,383,702.
The offense was allegedly committed between January 2011 and August 2017 at the office of the chief minister in Penang.
For the second amended charge, Guan Eng is accused of soliciting 10% of Zarul’s profits to help the company get nominated for the same project.
Guan Eng was charged with committing the offense near The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City here in March 2011, between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.
The former finance minister was also charged with two counts of disposing of two plots of land owned by the Penang state government valued at RM 208.8 million by the developer linked to the underwater tunnel project.
The offenses were reportedly committed at the Penang Land and Mining Office in Komtar on February 17, 2015 and March 22, 2017.