Kuala Lumpur, Dec 17 — The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng today heard that the DAP leader had asked for 10% of the profits from the Penang undersea tunnel project during a car conversation in 2011.
Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli, the director of the project’s main contractor Consortium Zenith BUCG, said the request by Lim, who was the Penang chief minister at the time, shocked him.
“At the time, I was quite shocked because the matter came from YB Lim Guan Eng’s mouth, and I thought about the request because I did not expect it would come from YB Lim Guan Eng’s mouth whom I thought all this while was a person who was against corruption,” he told the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today.
Zarul told the court he was introduced to Lim by former minister Nazri Aziz at a hotel lounge here in January 2011.
“I took the opportunity to tell YB (Lim) that BUCG was keen to undertake any available project in Penang.”
“He looked interested in what I had told him. From there, we exchanged numbers,” he said, pointing out the meeting had not been planned.
He said that several weeks after the meeting, he contacted Lim, who invited him and BUCG representatives to his office at Komtar to give a briefing.
Zarul is the star witness in the trial, where Lim, as the former Penang chief minister, is charged with soliciting gratification to help a company be awarded the undersea tunnel project and accepting RM3.3 million in kickbacks from the businessman.
He is also accused of two counts of dishonestly misappropriating RM208.7 million worth of state land to two companies.
The charge is linked to the four corruption charges against him related to the tunnel project.
The hearing will resume on March 24 after Zarul told the court he was suffering from stomach aches.