Penang Undersea Tunnel

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Penang Undersea Tunnel
Overview
LocationPenang, Malaysia
RouteE-- Penang Undersea Tunnel
Operation
ConstructedConsortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd
OwnerState Government of Penang
Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd
Technical
Length7.2 km
Operating speed90 km/h
Routes across Selatan Strait (Penang Strait) as of 2014.

The Penang Undersea Tunnel is a tunnel where construction began in 2016 in Penang, Malaysia.[citation needed] The 7.2 km tunnel will connect Butterworth, Seberang Perai in the east to George Town, Penang Island in the west. When completed on 2025, it will become the first undersea tunnel in Malaysia and the second in Southeast Asia. The undersea tunnel is part of the Penang Roads and Tunnels project.

The project is undertaken by the State Government of Penang and a main contractor Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd a member of Zenith Group. With a cost of RM6.3 billion, the tunnel will be the largest privately funded public works project in Penang.[1] There will be a toll plaza and also a railway reserve for future Penang LRT at the undersea tunnel.

Controversies[edit]

Bribery[edit]

Penang tunnel special purpose vehicle (SPV) paid 22 million Ringgit Malaysia in cash in failed attempt to stop Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations into the mega Penang tunnel project. [2] In July 2018, Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd's (CZC) senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli confirmed that CZC has indeed paid out the RM22 million to two individuals but did not want to elaborate further.[3] On April 2019, businessman G Gnanaraja was charged with cheating Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd executive director Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli of RM19 million between July and August 2017 at various locations in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur relating to Penang undersea tunnel project, he was arrested by the MACC.[4]

Leaked documents[edit]

On February 2019, blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin started publishing series of articles on Penang undersea tunnel corruption scandal based on leaked MACC document which alleged the former chief minister Lim Guan Eng and various Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional leaders in kickbacks amounting to hundreds of millions. [5]

UMNO secretary-general Annuar Musa called for a probe into the alleged leak of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation papers by Raja Petra Kamarudin.[6] Gerakan Vice President Oh Tong Keong urged Penang state executive councillors and former chief minister Lim Guan Eng should take controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin to court for defamation over the latter’s undersea tunnel graft allegations.[7] MCA president Wee Ka Siong urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to confirm the authenticity of leaked documents allegedly linked to its investigations into the Penang undersea tunnel project. MACC confirmed that it was investigating the matter and that it had opened six investigation papers on the tunnel project. [8] MACC lodged a police report on February 2019 over the leaked investigation papers. [9] Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin responding in the Dewan Rakyat confirmed that MACC had lodged the report on February 28 and the matter was being investigated.[10]

List of interchanges[edit]

Tunnel side[edit]

Km Exit Interchange To Remarks
EXIT ---- Bagan Ajam South Interchange E17 Butterworth Outer Ring Road

North
Teluk Air Tawar
Butterworth
Sungai Petani
Ipoh
South
Seberang Jaya
Perai
Kulim
Gerik
Interchange
E17 Butterworth Outer Ring Road
E-- Penang Undersea Tunnel
Bagan Ajam toll plaza
Penang Undersea Tunnel
North Channel, Penang
Start/End of tunnel
Penang Undersea Tunnel
North Channel, Penang
Penang Undersea Tunnel
North Channel, Penang
Start/End of tunnel
EXIT ---- Gurney Drive Paired Road Interchange Northwest
Gurney Drive Paired Road
Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive)
Tanjung Bungah
Batu Feringghi
Interchange
E-- Penang Undersea Tunnel
George Town Inner Ring Road
Southwest
George Town Inner Ring Road
Town centre
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Road)

Gurney Drive Paired Road side[edit]

Km Exit Interchange To Remarks
EXIT ---- Penang Undersea Tunnel Interchange E-- Penang Undersea Tunnel

East
Ipoh
Butterworth
Alor Setar

Southwest
George Town Inner Ring Road
Town centre
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Road)
Interchange
E-- Penang Undersea Tunnel
E-- Gurney Drive Paired Road
EXIT ---- Gurney Drive-PORR Interchange South
E-- Penang Outer Ring Road
Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive)
Batu Feringgi
Interchange

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MalaysianInsider". Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ "How much is the actual corruption in Penang tunnel scandal?". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  3. ^ Mok, Opalyn. "Penang tunnel project: Zenith claims 'conned' into RM22m payment to two individuals | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  4. ^ "Businessman charged with cheating director in tunnel project arrested again". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  5. ^ Kamarudin, Raja Petra (2019-02-23). "FROM THE MACC FILES: Guan Eng collected 10% but AG buried the case". Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  6. ^ Reporters, F. M. T. (2019-02-26). "Annuar urges probe into 'leak' of MACC papers on Penang tunnel project". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  7. ^ Mok, Opalyn. "Just sue Raja Petra if undersea tunnel claims false, Gerakan tells Penang govt | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  8. ^ Reporters, F. M. T. (2019-03-04). "MACC should tell if leaked papers on tunnel project are real, says MCA's Wee". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  9. ^ "MACC lodges police report over leaked papers - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  10. ^ Kaur, Minderjeet (2019-04-01). "Hanipa to Wee: Get 'MACC leak' report yourself". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2019-07-18.

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