85% Say ‘YES’ to Pan Island Link 1


85% of our readers support PIL1

Pan Island Link 1 (also known as PIL1) is currently one of the most debated infrastructure projects in Penang. The proposed dual three–lane highway will be connecting Second Bridge and the Penang International Airport all the way towards George Town, Paya Terubong, Bayan Baru, and Relau. It is expected to reduce travelling time from Persiaran Gurney to Penang International Airport (PIA) to only 15 minutes.

A group of concerned Penangites, have started an online petition to call for the cancellation of the project while there is also an opposing petition that calls for the approval and implementation of the PTMP, which includes the PIL 1.

To shed some light on this subject, we did a quick poll on our Facebook page and received few hundreds votes in one day (Poll results). Although this may not necessary represent the entire population, but the result gives a clear indication that 85% of our readers support the implementation of PIL1.

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  1. YEOH Swee Yean
    August 27th, 2018 at 17:46 | #1


  2. Brad Khaw
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:09 | #2


  3. Ronnie
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:17 | #3


  4. Zachary Hines
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:25 | #4


  5. James
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:30 | #5

    Should be Yes lah as our daily traffic situation is getting worse. If no, what else solution can offer, public transport like bus.. haha, can’t count on that too much, it will not be easy..anyway, as long as no environmental impact, we shall consider about pil1

  6. Shan
    August 27th, 2018 at 21:35 | #6

    Should ask those elites that disagreed with this project to move to Kelantan if they wanted no highways.

  7. Kelantan
    August 27th, 2018 at 21:40 | #7

    Welcome Penang Lang who don’t want highway

  8. Daniel
    August 27th, 2018 at 23:00 | #8


  9. Vin
    August 27th, 2018 at 23:40 | #9


  10. Yes but…
    August 28th, 2018 at 07:05 | #10

    Yes … but also restrict non-Penang Island cars entering to regulate traffic volume and peak hours/days condition.

  11. Internation
    August 28th, 2018 at 08:06 | #11

    Yes,that will cut down congestion on the roads and more so, the black hell-riders !

  12. Stop talking
    August 28th, 2018 at 08:40 | #12

    Just build….

  13. wyleong
    August 28th, 2018 at 09:54 | #13

    Support Build….
    Penang need move next step….

  14. alvin
    August 28th, 2018 at 10:45 | #14

    Ask this group of concerned Penangites to jalan kaki

  15. bee
    August 28th, 2018 at 11:26 | #15


  16. Gabriel
    August 28th, 2018 at 11:27 | #16

    I’m yes to PIL.
    I will not be impacted with PIL, none of my properties are nearby them, so I’m all in.

  17. hllee
    August 28th, 2018 at 12:23 | #17

    yes, a must implement and develop into modern city.

  18. Anz
    August 28th, 2018 at 12:36 | #18

    Yes simply because we r Penangites.

  19. Penang Banker
    August 28th, 2018 at 16:31 | #19

    Stop selling properties to foreigners like Forest City then we don’t need to build too many infrastructures.

    NO to all eyesores like PIL !

  20. Macha
    August 28th, 2018 at 17:37 | #20

    @PenangBanker What kind of nonsense are you talking about? Get your facts right, only a tiny percentage of properties in Penang are actually owned by foreigners. Please move out of Penang and don’t call yourself PenangBanker, you are an embarrassment to us Penangites

  21. Low Meng Chua
    August 28th, 2018 at 17:39 | #21


  22. Just don’t look
    August 28th, 2018 at 20:43 | #22

    @Penang Banker
    As said by Transport Minister Antony Loke, for those who find female flight attendants’ uniforms too sexy – “just don’t look at the stewardess”. The same piece of advice goes to you, just don’t look at the Pil, close your eyes or wear sunglasses. End the story.

  23. Hungry?
    August 28th, 2018 at 21:06 | #23

    Then eat! If you drive, then use it. Else u can be happily stuck in the jam…

    @Just don’t look

  24. Elephant
    August 28th, 2018 at 21:15 | #24

    Don’t look for the elephant in the room when there isn’t one, PIL is the way to go…

  25. Oh nice
    August 29th, 2018 at 00:26 | #25

    one big fat YES…

    move car to move people to move business to move economy..

  26. Move it
    August 29th, 2018 at 07:59 | #26

    Why jam up the island when u can unlock it , vote for PIL

  27. Goppal Balan
    August 29th, 2018 at 09:28 | #27

    A BIG FAT YES from me…

    And a BIG FAT BOOOOOOOO…. to PenangBanker…

  28. Don
    August 29th, 2018 at 12:44 | #28

    Now,Penang is planning to build another Low-Cost terminal on a 22ha plot that will put in more noise, carbon and hygienic pollutions ! Stop it !
    Residents of Penang have enough nonsenses, unwanted roads to make life miserable ! AGAIN, Move People, Not Cars !
    No to the lying CAT !

  29. cap-pa-lang
    August 29th, 2018 at 13:36 | #29

    YES to LCCT!! No to PIL! Lying CAT? Maybe, once in a while. YB Chow? I think he is trustworthy.

  30. ezalor
    August 29th, 2018 at 13:42 | #30

    YES. Those “NGOs” dont represent me!!!!

  31. chow chin keong
    August 30th, 2018 at 10:52 | #31

    Super big fat ” YES” for me.

  32. Penang Auntie
    August 30th, 2018 at 13:21 | #32

    Yes! Build asap without any delay, auntie already fed up with traffic jams.

  33. Luke
    August 30th, 2018 at 15:59 | #33

    Yes, as long as the planning and design have been well thought out to minimize burden for residents.
    Those who wish Penang to be like the 60’s can move to teluk bahang :) and stop using hand phone :)

  34. PityMe
    August 31st, 2018 at 07:17 | #34

    Since it is toll free, it is a form of rich men’s BR1M. Billion ringgit will be spent to the benefits of selected few.

  35. mo
    August 31st, 2018 at 14:32 | #35

    YES !! for PIL N PTMP

  36. Creighton Connolly
    August 31st, 2018 at 14:45 | #36

    What a flawed survey. Of course the readers of your facebook page will be full of wealthy, business-minded, car driving people who would welcome the increased high-end property development that is associated with the PTMP/PIL project. Very misleading to suggest 85% of Penangites support PIL. Shame on you! If we posted the same survey on the Penang Forum Facebook page, what do you think the results would suggest?

  37. Mason
    August 31st, 2018 at 16:46 | #37

    Of course yes and i believe those 85% who vote “YES” is those ppls who suffer jams during office hours everyday, YES, it every working days!!! Specially on bayan lepas area. The jam can be from your factory guard house to your house guard house!!!

  38. Oh nice
    August 31st, 2018 at 18:01 | #38

    you mean only rich men use PIL ?

  39. Public utility
    September 1st, 2018 at 07:56 | #39

    Means everyone can use it, benefits whole Penang….

  40. UU BAN
    September 3rd, 2018 at 10:47 | #40


  41. Alicia
    September 3rd, 2018 at 16:58 | #41

    I am a Penangnite who loves Penang and Malaysia. I am not from any NGO. I want PIL 1 to be cancelled and my reasons are :-
    1. PIL 1 highway will cut through hills (4 tunnels). Soil scientist Dr Kam Suan Pheng expalains that the PIL highway tunnels will cut through three fault (crack) lines in the granite sub-surface. One of the fault lines is near the Kek Lok Si temple and Air Itam dam. Our Air Itam dam is an earth dam, not a concrete dam. If the soil is weak and if water bursts out from the dam, imagine the disaster this can bring to the inhabitants nearby. Nobody wants his homeland to be destroyed by this type of occurrence. Nobody even wants to live in the fear of losing his life when this strikes. It can strike suddenly and unexpectedly both during construction and after completion.

    2. PIL 1 is not a good and long term solution to free traffic congestion. Somehow the highway and definitely the interchange and its feeder roads will be congested. Furthermore, it takes time (years and years) to complete the tunnels and elevated highway, and eventually we are back to square one (jam and jam and jam). We should spend this huge sum of money (RM8 billions) wisely by implementing a better option (our nation is in very tight budget now), by undertaking thorough research and referring to transport plans successfully implemented by other countries. An integrated public transport system consisting of bus and modern electric tram should be looked at. It’s not only cheaper, it’s greener for the environment and it can be implemented immediately and a large section of the society including both the rich and poor, people of all ages, people who don’t have a car can benefit from it. Its benefit, if well planned, can be long lasting. Besides, it is very cost effective and therefore a great saving to the nation! The government should look into this option and study the implementation of it before building tunnels and elevated highways like PIL 1!

    3. After the PIL 1 is built, who will pay for the costs to maintain it? The people! Government’s money is from the people! We will still have to incur high maintenance costs even though in years to come, it is no longer solving the traffic congestion problem effectively! On the other hand, if we fail to maintain it, what happened in Italy recently where their elevated highway collapsed due to lack of maintenance and lives sacrificed may also happen here!

    4. If one does not think of how the PIL 1 will damage the environment (which is irreversible!), the hills, the rivers and the landscape of our beautiful Penang Island, please take a moment to think of lives that may be sacrificed due to hills slides, landslides, underground water flow movement and floods. It will be too late to cry over spoil milk.

    5. If PIL 1 is built, we Penangnites will no longer be able to exercise in Youth Park (City Park) and Taman Jajar Sungai Ara due to the air/noise pollution and these 2 parks are our only 2 major parks on Penang Island and we cannot afford to lose them. These parks have been used by many people and saved many lives. By building PIL 1, the Penangnites will be deprived of a very basic humanity and community need, and this deprivation extends to many who frequently visit the parks, whether they live near or far from the parks.


    1. Why want to risk the loss of human lives, loss of homelands, loss of nature’s beauty, loss of humanity and community basic need, loss of green environment, and waste money on PIL 1 which is not effective as a long term solution?

    2. Why not implement a greener, cheaper, faster, safer and effective option?

  42. Oh nice
    September 4th, 2018 at 10:01 | #42

    ya right…you failed mention that that Dr Kam is also a representative of Penang forum. The same organisation that is at war with the state government and had complained to UNESCO so that George Town ‘s heritage status could be removed.

  43. Alicia
    September 4th, 2018 at 13:36 | #43

    PIL 1 is truly not a good option to solve traffic congestion problem on a long term basis.
    If the relevant authority still insists on implementing PIL 1, why?

    Why won’t the authority concerned cancel PIL 1 and conduct feasibility study on other option?

    What exactly does the relevant authority wish to achieve with PIL 1?

    What actually is the goal for PIL 1 and can this goal be achieved successfully?

    Perhaps, PIL 1 provides short sighted and short term benefit. BUT WITHOUT A SINGLE DOUBT, the irreversible damage caused by PIL 1 will be felt by the residents of Penang and even the visitors of Penang, for now and for many many more generations to come.

  44. KW Sim
    September 4th, 2018 at 13:39 | #44

    Definitely YES and please build it fast, it’s already overdue by 20 to 30 years.

  45. raymond
    September 4th, 2018 at 13:40 | #45


    I think no one can dispute the criticism you raised from 1 to 5. They are all valid concerns. The increase of population is the price to pay for progress (or creating more jobs). When population increases, you need more roads as well as LRT. So that’s what is being proposed now. Then you said “Why not implement a greener, cheaper, faster, safer and effective option?”, so what would that be? Please don’t say tram, that’s crap. Tram ways will eat up current road capacity, further exacerbating the traffic situation.

    @Oh nice

    Whether Dr Kam is a rep of Penang Forum or not, whether someone has complained to UNESCO or not, whether LGE should be trialled or not, has no bearing on the FACTS that justify PIL or otherwise. Stop taking sides, and start using your brains, if you have one that is.

  46. fc
    September 4th, 2018 at 14:54 | #46

    fully support PIL and Penang third link.

  47. Simon
    September 4th, 2018 at 20:24 | #47


    Penang has been denied infrastructure development for the last 30 years even though we paid the most tax. Please stop being the mouth piece for Penang Forum, and stop proposing idea which can make Penang traffic worse.

  48. Alice
    September 4th, 2018 at 21:53 | #48

    Penang needs to grow and develop, unfortunately that means things wouldn’t be totally the same as before. Unless you have better solution….

  49. Khomathan
    September 4th, 2018 at 22:25 | #49

    Yes.. Go ahead.. We need this for penang..

  50. Khomathan
    September 4th, 2018 at 22:26 | #50

    Yes.. Please go ahead.. We need this for penang..

  51. U Aung
    September 5th, 2018 at 01:05 | #51

    Yes and just go ahead and do it la. No need to collect so many ideas so ma fan…

  52. Andy
    September 5th, 2018 at 10:41 | #52

    By all means, we are waiting for this project to be completed.

    Some had a concern for fault lines and there is an article in freemalaysiatoday dated 1st Sept to counter this argument.

    Some had said PIL is not viable as it is better to implement integrated bus transport and electric tram.Well,I say the state government has done a thorough survey and study on PIL1 and it is the best way to solve traffic congestion.

    As maintanence cost is concern, I am a taxpayer both individual and company level.I don’t mind my tax paid to government goes to maintaining PIL1

    In any construction projects, there could be fatal accidents which are unprecedented.As long as the contractor exercise due diligence, any fatal or untoward accidents can be avoided.

    In Penang,Youth Park is not the only place to exercise.There are Botanical Garden,Gurney Wharf(coming soon), Bukit Dumbar, Relau Park and many more smaller parks.

  53. Jon
    September 7th, 2018 at 06:44 | #53

    Yes to any Action.

  54. Jae
    September 19th, 2018 at 22:49 | #54

    Those who oppose please do us a favour. DO NOT USE the PIL1 when it’s completed. Do not be a hypocrite. Keep yourselves at home to ease traffic or perhaps volunteer yourselves at the parks by keeping them clean and the plants manicured. Just keep off the roads.

  55. kw sim
    February 19th, 2019 at 15:38 | #55

    please start the project now, and the LRT project too

  56. HA Yeap
    May 26th, 2020 at 00:05 | #56

    To PM Muhyiddin, please cancel this wasteful PIL project. Many years ago the DAP opposed the similar BN-proposed PORR project and I started supporting them. It is shocking to me that the DAP is now pushing this project as if penang Island really needs it. I have a personal interest in this project not being carried out as my apartment block on Jalan Gangsa will be directly below a part of the highway, which will be built on a steep hillside. I fear for the safety of my family and the other people in our apartment building. How many landslides have occurred due to hill cutting on the island these past few years? The highway will also create noise and air pollution and destroy a beautiful green hill where monkeys and other wildlife make their homes.
    Instead of trying to develop the island further, it would be better to focus development efforts on the mainland. Stop all further development on the island, especially where hill cutting is required. I am happy that the DAP is out of the federal government even though I supported them in the last GE. I hope that the new government will be wiser when they weigh the penang government’s requests for approval of all silly and wasteful projects.

  57. Ben
    October 16th, 2020 at 16:55 | #57

    @HA Yeap
    I’m with you on this one.
    I’m glad that we have a change in federal government otherwise this monstrous project will continue.

    Building on hill slope and bombing the hill is a big no-no.
    Please preserve our greenery!

    What we need is better road conditions and better traffic management.

    We need more green parks. Overseas country like Australia have plentiful of parks everywhere which makes them the best liveable city in the world. Make people walk and cycle instead of taking cars, we need more walkable walkways and more cycling lanes

  58. jon
    October 18th, 2020 at 18:31 | #58

    Yeap and Ben,
    NO need to worry, based on the past track record of penang state government competency and capability, project this scale will never take off, they will remain as election gimmick to fish for votes only.

  59. Ken Fong
    October 20th, 2020 at 07:55 | #59

    @HA Yeap

    TOTALLY SUPPORT YOU! STOP PIL 1 IMMEDIATELY. Vote Down the useless rubbish dxpcxt gomen in next GE! Penang environment will be destroyed under them!

  60. Goppal Balan
    October 21st, 2020 at 14:01 | #60

    @HA Yeap
    this the most awesul action I have ever seen. writing to the PM in a blogspot. lollollol

  61. Goppal Balan
    October 21st, 2020 at 14:02 | #61

    good one

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