Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy, accompanied by his lawyer Datuk Aljit Singh Jessy, left the state MACC office at 4pm. (NSTP/MIKAIL ONG)

GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy spent seven hours today having his statement taken by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over its probe into the proposed RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

His presence at the state MACC office here came a day after state Public Works Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng was summonded to have his statement taken yesterday. Lim's taking of statement process lasted nearly 12 hours.

Met by newsmen after the session, Ramasamy said he was asked to confirm several matters in the meeting minutes held to discuss the controversial tunnel project.

"Besides that, I was also asked on the project's tender since it was tabled in the state executive council meeting," he said.

Ramasamy, accompanied by his lawyer Datuk Aljit Singh Jessy, left the state MACC office at 4pm.

He also said that he was also allowed a two hour lunch break in between when having his statement taken.

This morning, Ramasamy arrived at the state MACCheadquarters at 8.45am.

When met, he had said that he was called possibly for his statements on the issue.

He also claimed that he was not directly involved in the project as it was not under his portfolio.

The tunnel project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million technical studies as well as the 22-month delay in completing it.

Investigation also revealed that some politicians could have received kickback, some amounting to millions of ringgit.

To date, four people, including one Datuk Seri, two Datuk and a female engineering consultant have been detained to assist in investigation.

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