Penang LRT remains unconfirmed

bayan-lepas-lrt-2It might not be the best mode of transport, he added, saying that there should be other options available.

“While the federal government fully supports the state’s proposal, there should be options for the state to choose from.

“Our studies by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) show that there could be better models which the state could look into.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, told newsmen later that the state was open to options of trams or LRT, bus rapid transport or mass rapid transit.

“Since the minister will send SPAD officers to meet us, we will look into the options as the studies were conducted in 2016 and have just been completed.

“The most important aspect would be securing the financing for the project,” he added.

Meanwhile, the proposed low cost carrier terminal (LCCT), reportedly to be built by AirAsia, might not take place as the federal government is looking into the option of expanding the Penang International Airport (PIA) instead.

Loke said no decision or approval has been given for the LCCT.

He added that discussions on PIA’s expansion were in its final stages but no decision or approval has been given for an LCCT in Penang.

“We are moving fast on the expansion as it needs to be done due to overcapacity but there is no deadline as we are looking at the best model, but approval will be given soon.

“I am aware a lot has been written about the LCCT, but it is mere speculation,” he said.

Chow did not comment on Loke’s statement. He had cited that the LCCT would further spur the growth of Penang, as the PIA at present would not be able to handle the increase in passenger capacity.

Finance Minister and Air Putih assemblyman Lim Guan Eng also brought up the issue during the state assembly in August, saying a solution was needed because the present airport in Bayan Lepas only has the capacity to handle 6.5 million passengers a year but arrivals last year hit 7.1 million and the number is expected to increase to 7.8 million this year.

It was reported that AirAsia, which occupies 50% of the PIA, was in talks to start work on an LCCT within the grounds of the PIA in Bayan Lepas, which is the site of the MAS Cargo Complex.

Source: TheStar.com.my


  1. Macha
    September 7th, 2018 at 09:51 | #1

    What other options? Who’s the idi0t in SPAD who conducted the studies? If the LRT is still not started by the next election, I guarantee you are going to lose Penang

  2. Goppal Balan
    September 7th, 2018 at 10:42 | #2

    there goes again… the delay, the endless talks but no f**kin action and/ decision.

  3. Penang Auntie
    September 7th, 2018 at 12:29 | #3

    Very very sad, very disappointed indeed, disappointed with Loke, and….hopefully…annoying NGOs better move out from Penang.

  4. lancaokia
    September 7th, 2018 at 13:27 | #4

    That’s why BN is the best. Time to vote BN back in the nxt election!!!!

  5. Veryhard
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:03 | #5

    I wont say BN is the best, just don’t think PH can do no wrong. They have done many wrongs and told many lies. The strategy is to confuse the not so smart, and just ignore those who are smart enough to see through their evil plans. By the time the not-so-smart realises their bad intentions, they will go kelengateh & wayang kulit, bye bye loh…already become central gov loh, kan lu boh eng loh…….

  6. KT
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:06 | #6

    Where is our Chow Kon Yeow? still dreaming on 2030 bul..sh..t plan?
    Wake up and fight for Penang right!

  7. Why not?
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:18 | #7

    If BN can get projects and plans approved easier, get things done faster and efficiently, I don’t see there is any reason not to bring them back, why not? We have had enough of promises without actual action. Just talk and talk and talk. Btw, too fed up with NGO, oppose for the sake of oppose, hopeless and shame.

  8. Veryhard
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:24 | #8

    Why not ah? Use your brains lah, no brains is it? It’s simple, we can’t be building all these things simply because we don’t have the money.:)))))

    You think our country can suddenly become rich just because you switch from BN to PH???? Day dream lah you people. Si peh tai siao!

  9. Veryhard
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:27 | #9

    It’s like some poor guy blaming his own poverty on keeping his money in the wrong bank. So he changed his bank, and finally realise he is still poor. Hahahahaha

  10. Slow
    September 7th, 2018 at 14:44 | #10

    U-turn again. Zzzzzz…

  11. Macam siput…
    September 7th, 2018 at 15:16 | #11

    Approval saja pun kena tunggu 20 tahun lagi kot…aihhh, habislah.

  12. Penang lang
    September 7th, 2018 at 15:25 | #12

    LRT is financed by island A, A, C as stated by Chao before 509. He said many times LRT just need approval from Putrajaya…….

  13. Internation
    September 7th, 2018 at 15:55 | #13

    Oh, now DAP succumbs to Penang Forum ? Just don’t keep playing too much populism, that will end you nowhere! U turn U turn keep U turning?

  14. Veryhard
    September 7th, 2018 at 18:00 | #14

    @Penang lang,

    Why you so naive one???? In order to reclaim land, you need money to buy sand first. Where does the contractor get money? From your grandfather? His own grandfather? Of course from the bank lah. After you borrow money from the bank, what do you need to do??? Wish that the bank will close shop so that you don’t have to pay back? Of course need to service your loan lah. But where do you get the money to service the loan before reclaim is completed and land buyer is found? *sigh* You DAP idiotic supporters, when are you going to learn? I’m not BN supporter either OK!!

  15. Big mistake
    September 7th, 2018 at 18:47 | #15

    Please stick to plan

  16. Big mistake
    September 7th, 2018 at 18:48 | #16

    Yes, don’t block progress, go somewhere else to protest

    @Penang Auntie

  17. Mike
    September 7th, 2018 at 22:22 | #17

    Very surprised with Loke..Simple LCCT also hard to approve, LRT had approve by state, yet federal government now goreng pisang….

  18. Cnaw
    September 7th, 2018 at 23:40 | #18

    If everything cannot the you should stop taking penang tax money

  19. David
    September 8th, 2018 at 06:32 | #19

    The study on mass transport options started in 2016…so what was SPAD doing then? Why at this final stage proposal now involve SPAD …it will be further delay.

  20. Mike
    September 8th, 2018 at 09:04 | #20

    Upset with loke…Talk only, no action. Why so difficult to approve LRT and MCCT? Dun be naive like BN

  21. SST
    September 8th, 2018 at 10:11 | #21

    SST this and SST that, and in the end you can’t have this you can’t have that. Ridiculous.

  22. Pat
    September 9th, 2018 at 10:28 | #22

    Macha. Wow din know got so big Taiko in Penang like you. Can power to change gomen some more. :-)

  23. Tiramisu
    September 9th, 2018 at 22:32 | #23

    LRT map is easier for 4M tourists to navigate

  24. Oh nice
    September 10th, 2018 at 00:50 | #24

    Veryhard :
    Why not ah? Use your brains lah, no brains is it? It’s simple, we can’t be building all these things simply because we don’t have the money.:)))))
    You think our country can suddenly become rich just because you switch from BN to PH???? Day dream lah you people. Si peh tai siao!

    hehe…didn’t know that personal attack is allowed here…

  25. mo
    September 10th, 2018 at 09:43 | #25

    Loke!! Dont sit and look at analysis report …..come and jam in the traffic for a month b4 talking c**k!!

  26. Eng
    September 10th, 2018 at 10:35 | #26

    Hi All,

    Of course, solving traffic issue is vital and inevitable but we need to think twice, what is the suitable and effective way to implement it on Penang. every issue has its own way in solution. Don’t follow blindly to what other country has, especially our neighbor country, we don’t have to copy them, Penang is unique or else foreign investor won’t keep buying our heritage houses. Be proud to be unique and special, the plan which had been implemented in other country, it doesn’t mean it suit us, take a deep breath and think twice, what is our position and strength of ours, we have hill, seaside, and much more natural environment which our neighbor lost gone, it is the price of development, something money can’t buy back. we should appreciate what we have. I am not refusing development, but remember, it is very important moment, any wrong step is made, our beauty of Penang will be gone, it is one way ticket.

    Please sit down and claim yourself down first, i believe that you may find the other answer alternatively, it is not the matter of good or bad, the most important thing is, balance point and suitable are always the best approach and strategy.

    My 2 cents. Thank you for reading my message. i hope that our Penang can be well taken care of, i love Penang very much, wish good and natural part can be well sustained for our next generation, especially, our hill, sea and green, i really appreciate what we have here. it is something we should proud of. peace.

  27. Ivy
    September 10th, 2018 at 16:30 | #27

    Now at least someone in the Parliament has got the right sense and guts to speak up, kudos to you YB Loke. Before deciding whether to go in support or against this pro-developer plan (totally different from the original version of PTMP) , let’s get to know the facts more (I’m gonna focus solely on LRT):

    1. About cost $$$. While the construction cost might be borne by developer, the yearly operating and maintenance cost is an even larger amount (RM170mil/yr) that is to be borne by the people PERMANENTLY. Expert has pointed out that the ridership forecast provided by SRS is unrealistic (and they certainly did not demonstrate how the calculation was done), and “if a more realistic ridership projection for the Penang LRT is used, the loss in ticket revenues could amount to at least RM1.2 billion over 10 years”. BRT/tram system is going to cost far less, and more financially sustainable in a long run.

    2. About coverage area & rider-friendliness (IMPORTANT!). Look at the attached image, it is merely a single line. How many ppl could actually benefit from it when only such small area is covered? More importantly, how many of us will be willing to resort to LRT, when one has to DRIVE/TAKE GRAB ALL THE WAY TO THE LRT STATION, FIND CARPARK, TAKE THE ESCALATOR AND WALK TO THE PLATFORM, AND WALK/TAKE GRAB AFTER ARRIVING at his destination? Let’s try to visualize things before falling into fallacy that LRT is all that good (in this local context). Bram/tram, in contrast, will have a hierarchical planning that connects areas (residential/commercial) in an integrated pattern, so that we don’t have to worry about how to get to and from the station. Everything will be within short walking distance. Isn’t this the type of public transport that would truly benefit us all?

    Cost comparison between different modes of public transport. Apparently LRT is not the only choice we have, let alone being the BEST choice.

    Here is the original version of PTMP, known as Halcrow plan (see p9 for image). Wondering why the gov is still publishing it on their official website and not the current version, while is has already been scrapped… So confusing for the public.

  28. star
    September 11th, 2018 at 09:31 | #28

    Penang so rich, we can do this without government money. But Penangkia wont use them though coz only bangla / foreign workers will use such service just look at rapid bus.

    We like to drive and we are well known for that. :)

  29. Gabriel
    September 12th, 2018 at 09:58 | #29

    Wait la…need to get cronies in first la. Then project start la.
    Need money for own pocket also wat. Cheap bungalow also ok one.

  30. Oh nice
    September 12th, 2018 at 11:36 | #30

    whatever lar…still hundred times better than MO1 and it’s 40000 thieves mah….hahaha

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