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Penang receives reports on quarry issue

PENANG, 22 April 2009: The Penang government today received investigation reports on Seberang Perai Tengah’s three quarry companies allegedly involved in under-declaration of royalty.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng received the reports from state agriculture and agro-based industry, rural and flood mitigation committee chairperson Law Choo Kiang, who led the investigation team.

Lim said, however, the state government would convene a meeting with the land committee before disclosing contents of the reports.

“We will also look into the suggestions made by the investigation committee before taking further action,” he told reporters here today.

On 31 March the state government froze the operations of the three sand mining companies on the mainland to facilitate investigations into the allegation.

It was reported the investigation involved royalty for laterite and stones which had been reduced from RM3 to RM1 per cubic metre.

Meanwhile, Law said, apart from the state government, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the state accounts committee were also investigating the case. — Bernama


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