RM17 billion approved for Bayan Lepas LRT and Pan Island Link 1

PTMP-bwPenang government yesterday announced that a sum of RM17 billion from an estimated total cost of RM46 billion for the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project has been approved.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the RM17 billion cost included the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Komtar and the Pan Island Link 1.

He also reiterated that the total cost of PTMP as proposed by its project delivery partner, SRS Consortium, was RM46 billion for the railway and highway which also included three major roads and an undersea tunnel project by Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CSZ).

He said based on the engineering consultant Halcrow’s study in 2011, the report only covered the conceptual studies, at an estimated cost of RM27 billion. There were no detailed studies undertaken.

“The state government had appointed SRS Consortium to implement the PTMP, and the consortium had proposed a cost of RM46 billion after they conducted feasibility study and preliminary engineering design,” he said.

He added that the cost has remained the same so far.

It was reported earlier this month that the Barisan Nasional strategic communications team had questioned the Penang government over the alleged increase of the PTMP cost from RM27 billion to RM46 billion, an increase of RM19 billion.

“What is approved for Phase 1 is less than RM27 billion. What have been approved and will be given the green light to start are the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Pan Island Link 1 projects, which are just about RM17 billion,” he told reporters here today.

He explained that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the Bayan Lepas LRT project had been submitted to the Department of Environment in May and is currently waiting for the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) conditional approval for public inspection.

As for the EIA report on the Pan Island Link, it is expected to be submitted by the end of July.

Chow hoped that SPAD which is currently working on the Northern Region Transport Master Plan, would provide the conditional approval for public inspection for the Bayan Lepas LRT project soon.

Source: Bernama


  1. tt
    June 20th, 2017 at 09:47 | #1

    Congrad… Penang Property set to boom!!!

  2. Timmy
    June 20th, 2017 at 10:55 | #2

    Halo, SPAD haven’t give any response yet… u wait long long lah

  3. fiona
    June 20th, 2017 at 12:07 | #3

    Hahaha…election is coming. You will see all the pre-election bullshit being announced from now on.

  4. Jon
    June 20th, 2017 at 14:08 | #4

    Every year, it says approved for this, approved for that, but real construction works will never take off. Lousy.

  5. JD
    June 20th, 2017 at 16:09 | #5

    I smell bullshit…

  6. zhenzi
    June 20th, 2017 at 17:58 | #6

    Agree wholeheartedly with you !
    It’s really stale and sure nobody will believe !

  7. Multi Management and Future Solutions
    June 20th, 2017 at 18:41 | #7

    Household interest have you pay from dividend.

  8. Lam
    June 20th, 2017 at 22:42 | #8

    PG state are stuck in no where for infrastructure development.


    1. Federal wont approve any LRT plan or sea tunnel or 3rd bridge application for Penang, UNTIL they take back Penang ruling. Now they just playing delay in approval, keep saying you need submit this EIA assestment, that traffic report, kicking the ball to SPAD (also federal controlled).

    2. Majority Penang ppl still super hardcore supporting DAP (well, maybe some ppl already fed-up and rather support BN or don’t go vote, but that is minority). So most likely Penang will taken by DAP in coming election again.

    So…….still stuck…..no development……DAP only can keep selling land to raise fund…..but how much can you raise ?

    [I’m non-BN supporter, but this is what I see in big picture, I’m sure many of you see the same thing]

  9. tenglang
    June 21st, 2017 at 07:25 | #9


    I agree with you. Voting for them actually crossed my mind, but the moment I think of that fat boy who got so rich from stealing from us, *sigh* NO JUSTICE! Put him and his thieving father in jail for 20 years, then we talk!

  10. behck
    June 21st, 2017 at 09:12 | #10

    Political change was never easy…If u thk BN can do better for the country in longer term, do rethink it again.. just compare our currency performance with baht n sing dollar for past 10 years..What does it tell u? Even Indo is getting better than us now.

  11. City
    June 21st, 2017 at 12:25 | #11

    We can see a lot of taller building in KL area and that just a glassy building. The are still plenty still coming up. All of these won’t bring you getting better. Nice to see only.

  12. James
    June 21st, 2017 at 12:27 | #12

    So, what is the alternative plan, get a motorbike lah : ) instead of hoping something will change soon. it is unlikely.. it obviously indicates that it may not come true so easily, a lot of promotion and selling are disseminated but just waiting and nothing else can be done. my 2cents

  13. Tat Sing
    June 21st, 2017 at 12:32 | #13

    I prefer taking motorbike. Taking motorbike will be cheaper than you taking LRT.

  14. don
    June 21st, 2017 at 15:10 | #14

    Damn.. after close to 10 years of administration,, our once beloved state gov not even able to improve on public transportation,, let alone the LRT… I Give Up.

  15. huanchoo
    June 21st, 2017 at 17:19 | #15

    actually ar, if you ask me ar, i think they did ok lar, but when i think about those parking fines i got, i already sipeh tulan! So no matter what, i won’t vote rocket this time round.

  16. huanchoo
    June 21st, 2017 at 17:23 | #16

    people just park there 5 mins, not even blocking the traffic, come and give fine for what?????? mah chibai! go and use your resources to clamp down on illegal gambling dens lah!!! waste time do things that don’t make a diff, while keep issuing “family entertainment license” for illegal gambling dens! use your brains lah, which one more detrimental to our society! ?????

  17. huanchoo
    June 21st, 2017 at 17:24 | #17

    you really let those who voted for you down! sia suei ar!!!

  18. 17B for 2.5M
    June 22nd, 2017 at 11:55 | #18

    RM 17 billion for 2.5 million penangites, average RM 6800 per person. Interest cost @3% is RM 204 per year per person, RM 17 per month per person….

  19. huanchoo
    June 22nd, 2017 at 13:11 | #19

    @17B for 2.5M

    and what you’re trying to say is…………….????

  20. choo
    June 22nd, 2017 at 14:39 | #20


    so you are one of those educated and high class illegal parkers. sigh..

  21. Ah Jib Gor
    June 22nd, 2017 at 15:13 | #21

    If ppl just park 5min and another come another 5 min become forever 5min will it end.
    In penand all road are limited because of 5min other suffer the 5min.
    Just park far abit and walk unless OKU.

  22. chinhuat
    June 22nd, 2017 at 15:36 | #22


    Good urban planning ensures sustainable development. It’s easy to just launch and execute a mega project (coupled with policies with hidden agenda) without thinking about long term impact to the environment like what happened in other cities…

  23. Leong
    June 22nd, 2017 at 15:58 | #23

    Yes,,,,,, Penang Need Move Forward

  24. huanchoo
    June 23rd, 2017 at 07:11 | #24

    @Ah Jib Gor

    Well, like I said, it’s not blocking traffic at all. Even if someone parks there whole day, it’s fine. No suffering for anyone at all, and I got a fine for it just because of the yellow line. There are thousands of such space in Penang, whereby thousands of additional parking spots could be created in downtown Penang for the benefit of road users, but with a brainless state admin, things are not going anywhere I’m afraid.

  25. Ah Teong
    June 23rd, 2017 at 08:28 | #25

    Now, Penang gov is not in good terms with the work minister, don’t hope too much lah !!!

  26. fongkh
    June 23rd, 2017 at 12:06 | #26

    thought part of it on-going
    Work on the alternative road linking Lebuhraya Thean Teik in Bandar Baru Air Itam to Lebuh Bukit Jambul in Penang is progressing on schedule.

    The 6km-long paired road via Jalan Bukit Kukus is 27.5% complete, said state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

    “The project, which began on Jan 15, 2016, is slated to be completed on Jan 14, 2019.

  27. don
    June 23rd, 2017 at 12:19 | #27

    Ai Yo, our state will just know how to sweat on the petty stuff. I was expecting the state would at least done something on the public transportation such as frequent feeder bus system in the FIZ so that normal kilang folks will not have to drive their own to the work place.. But state will just find way to blame BN for not approving this and that.. No self reflection whatsoever.

  28. Kingsmen
    June 23rd, 2017 at 17:40 | #28

    @huanchoo u say untill penang so bad then u dont stay at penang…go to other place

  29. seng-2015
    July 3rd, 2017 at 10:13 | #29

    that’s why we need federal goverment to be changed, then everything will be fine. If BN take back Penang, will be same as what we seen in 10 years ago, because goverment no fund for development now.

  30. seng-2015
    July 3rd, 2017 at 10:19 | #30

    personally, I don’t like to parking illegal. If I parking Illegal and get summon, I will accept it instead of trying to say something like this. I just got a summon in melaka due to illegal parking, and totally not blocked other. But illegal is illegal, I am happy to receive the summon.
    I hate those person to simply park everywhere especially on the road border with white line or yellow line.

  31. Jon
    July 3rd, 2017 at 12:24 | #31

    ahem,, I know we penangites are infamous for DAP supporter.. but pot holes too many already.

  32. huanchoo
    July 3rd, 2017 at 13:49 | #32


    Well, I was born and bred in Penang, I love Penang, used to be proud of Penang. I voted for DAP in the previous 2 elections, but started to regret since sometime ago because the administrators are mostly brainless, always ready to start a fight with whoever criticised them, and things certainly don’t look like turning for the better (if not worse).

    Go to other place? Why should I? Why should I let an outsider CM who behaves like a hooligan stay while I “go to other place”. The hooligan should go instead. Go back to wherever jungle he’s from.

  33. John Koh
    July 4th, 2017 at 09:00 | #33

    YB Chow did not mention approval by who? still wait for SPAD conditioning apporval? What he mean approved actually???

  34. Timmy
    July 4th, 2017 at 12:12 | #34

    @John Koh

    Approved by PG gov only lah… u need to get approval from SPAD (from federal) then only can start jalan…

    Without federal approval… whatever PG gov approval is wayang- wayang only

  35. sicko
    July 4th, 2017 at 14:54 | #35

    election coming mar, you get all these political gimmicks

  36. Jon
    July 4th, 2017 at 17:22 | #36

    ask the kang ho dap politicians to start repair all the pot-holed road first la.

  37. Jon
    July 4th, 2017 at 17:24 | #37

    I still remember our beloved PG1 put the blame to previous administration 8 years ago. and look at the road condition now, it is 8x worse…

  38. ==
    July 4th, 2017 at 22:58 | #38

    Jon :
    I still remember our beloved PG1 put the blame to previous administration 8 years ago. and look at the road condition now, it is 8x worse…

    8 years no trafic jam, property price cheap, food cheap, no money game….wat a noob question, all blame DAP?

  39. behck
    July 5th, 2017 at 07:29 | #39

    Jon, is road tax collected by state gov?

  40. Jon
    July 5th, 2017 at 11:51 | #40

    As usual, quick to defend with no self reflection

  41. John
    July 5th, 2017 at 13:03 | #41

    Diamond is forever, vote cincin best.

  42. ezalor
    July 5th, 2017 at 13:08 | #42

    Please be specific which road? Do you know there are two type of roads, one under Federal Goverment management, another one under state government.

    Federal road example : Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Jalan Tun Lim Chong Eu, Jalan Paya Terubong, Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim….

    You not satisfy which those roads condition, please complain to your beloved BN federal government.

  43. Jon
    July 5th, 2017 at 21:31 | #43

    Nothing state can do.. I got it.

  44. michael
    July 6th, 2017 at 10:28 | #44

    All this time, all this talk and still no mention of the relieve road from Batu Ferringhi to Tanjong Bungah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  45. Jon
    July 6th, 2017 at 11:44 | #45

    It will start ‘soooooooooooooooooooooon’

  46. Tan
    July 6th, 2017 at 15:16 | #46


    Your area less activities I guess. Most of the on going infrastructure projects are near Bayan Lepas because more business impact there.

  47. ezalor
    July 6th, 2017 at 15:31 | #47

    You got what? You wanna complain just complain to the right person, that is only thing I want to say. Else it is like crazy dog barking at wrong tree.

  48. jon
    July 6th, 2017 at 22:13 | #48

    calm dude.. is a criticism to the state on the area which they are not doing well.
    not barking… so typical,, can blame others but not willing to take any criticism as if they are perfect in every way..

  49. Mad dog
    February 21st, 2018 at 16:43 | #49

    If not for the present bold far slighted government infrastructure plan, the local Penang people might end up taking trishaw to our destination..

  50. HK Tan
    February 21st, 2018 at 19:55 | #50

    Mad dog :
    If not for the present bold far slighted government infrastructure plan, the local Penang people might end up taking trishaw to our destination..

    we have delivery everywhere, trishaw will send in our food.

  51. Curious
    March 5th, 2018 at 21:55 | #51

    @jon like a pampered baby, go live in Sabah n Sarawak under BN, see how advance is the lifestyle and no pot holes for the road. Cos most of them dont hv road at all.

  52. hope
    May 16th, 2018 at 17:56 | #52

    Now that PH became the federal government, these infrastructure projects will most likely be able to start development sooner than we think.

  53. Shawn
    May 28th, 2018 at 12:37 | #53

    A year ago before election people start giving negative comments. With the new government formed, with all the plans, Northern part of Penang surely will boom in the near future.

  54. Chin
    June 5th, 2018 at 15:11 | #54

    With PH as the Federal Gov, LRT should commence soon. It will be a Project in which people of Penang had been waiting for years. CM Chan KY – please get moving this Project immediately.

  55. laudonkey
    June 5th, 2018 at 18:07 | #55


    Where got time to talk about fund allocation for penang LRT???? Just making phone calls to MACC to ask them to raid here raid there already hand also swollen already. So many raids all over the country, it’s starting to sound fun!!!! Hahahaha!!!

  56. P Lang
    June 5th, 2018 at 18:24 | #56

    LRT is a must for tourism to do even better

  57. Chin
    June 6th, 2018 at 07:39 | #57

    If I am not mistaken, no fund required from Federal Gov for Penang LRT. It is funded by land swap [i.e. reclamation of 3 islands]. With so many mega projects derailed, Gov has to pump prime the construction industry. Penang LRT is in an advance stage of commencing although awaiting EIA approval. Trust that it will commence soon and it will have a big benefits to Penang construction industry.

  58. P Lang
    June 6th, 2018 at 08:48 | #58

    Good island spawn many lrts to come

  59. Andy
    June 6th, 2018 at 09:54 | #59

    I would think the Penang state should start the PIL first as it may take 6-7 years to complete.
    Comparing to LRT stations which may take 10 or more years to complete considering the Tanjung Tokong station right to downsouth to the reclaimed island.Reclamation may take 2 years for the soil to settle down.

    If PIL can kick off first, then this will alleviate the traffic congestion for those who has to travel between Bayan Lepas and Tanjung Tokong.

  60. huanchoo
    June 6th, 2018 at 13:14 | #60


    Then why don’t MOF just reclaim some land to settle 1MDB debt? Everyday kau peh kau boh, tabung this lah, donate that lah, si peh noisy.

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