PUTRAJAYA, June 20 ― Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan pledged to report the Penang government to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) unless it justifies the abnormal consultations fees for its transport masterplan inside a week.
The Barisan Nasional strategic communications director alleged that the RM177 million paid by the state government was 400 per cent higher than the Board of Engineers' gazetted scale of fees, which was RM41 million for the size and complexity of the project.
"From the data that we have, the consultancy fees for three roads and the tunnel project is four times more expensive from the gazetted fees.
"He (Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng) must give a proper explanation; if not they will face a perception that misuse of power and corruption has happened in Penang,” he said today,
The minister in the Prime Minister's Department said documents supporting this allegation will be furnished to the MACC, but claimed that he wanted to allow the Penang government a chance to explain sooner.
He also questioned why the transportation projects were yet to commence despite the completion of the various studies commissioned.
The fees are for the state's proposed undersea tunnel and three paired roads that are set to cost RM6.3 billion.