Townhall session for public to air concerns about PIL 1

Property News/ 17 September 2018 Leave a comment


The state government will hold a townhall session on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) on Thursday.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pic) said the townhall session, to be held at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Relau from 8pm to 10.30pm, would serve as a platform for the public to share their views and concerns on the proposed project.

“We are concerned about recent issues raised in the media pertaining to the PIL 1.

“In line with the administration’s principle of transparency, we want to listen to the people and understand them,” Chow said during a press conference at Komtar in Penang on Thursday.

Chow added that all issues raised and the respective responses would be forwarded to the Department of Environment (DoE) as part of the public feedback process for the EIA report.

He also said the period given for public feedback for the PIL 1 EIA Report (Second Schedule) is now extended to Sept 24, while all written comments from the public need to be submitted to the DoE on or before Sept 25.

“I am not required to be at the session, but will attend, anyway. Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin too might also be there,” said Chow when asked if he would be present at the forum.

The public display of the EIA Report on the controversial PIL 1 Highway project was on public display at 10 locations in Penang and Klang Valley from July 11 to Aug 10.

Chow also said that he would be meeting Transport Minister Anthony Loke and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officials in Putrajaya tomorrow on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

“We will listen to SPAD on its alternative transport mode to LRT and would also present our case on the project.”

“It has been two years since we submitted the proposed LRT line from Komtar to Bayan Lepas and we would like to know what they have done since then,” added Chow.

Last week, Loke had said that the LRT might not be the best mode of transport for Penang and SPAD would propose an alternative to the state government.

Source: TheStar.com.my

  1. Samasama
    September 18th, 2018 at 08:34 | #1

    Beware! PIL1 will cause more and more floods in Penang!
    When a typhoon like Mangkhut hit Penang, almost all will be wiped out!
    Listen to Penang NGOs’ advice.

  2. Internation
    September 18th, 2018 at 11:21 | #2

    Mind you, equatorial countries within a 300Km are free from typhoon because of lacking “Coriolis” spinning force. Don’t brag as a Penang Forum expert!

  3. wyleong
    September 19th, 2018 at 10:47 | #3

    Please goto check US – Hyde County, N.C hit by hurricane on 16/Sept.
    Status didn’t so develop, also floor over home root.

    Singapore also floor when hit my heavy rain…

  4. wyleong
    September 19th, 2018 at 10:50 | #4

    wyleong :
    Please goto check US – Hyde County, N.C hit by hurricane on 16/Sept.
    Status didn’t so develop, also flood over home root.
    Singapore also flood when hit my heavy rain…

  5. Samasama
    September 19th, 2018 at 11:10 | #5

    Stop all the wasteful Penang masterplans including the Penang Structure Plan 2030 !
    Penang does not need all those silly environmental haphazard developments !

  6. rambo
    September 19th, 2018 at 13:11 | #6


    A masterplan is very important to make sure all development/non-development are agreeable by the people and local communities. Any concern of negative impact to local communities can be voiced out and rectified before the plan is finalised and fixed (gazetted). Th state gov should balance between money (creating more jobs and enriching contractors & developers) and well-being of the people (creating peaceful and healthy environment for living). These 2 elements are normally conflicting each other, therefore an open minded and responsible gov should listen to both sides to achieve win-win.

  7. Brain
    September 20th, 2018 at 08:37 | #7

    Flooding due to draining, not exactly related to roads

  8. Alimi
    January 10th, 2019 at 11:55 | #8

    Flooding due to over-development housing especially at the hillside. It is out of control by special permit rendered by State Planning Committee & MBPP.

  9. Alimi
    January 10th, 2019 at 11:56 | #9

    Yes. Fully agreed. Pil & Zenith mega highways will ruin our city!

  10. Alimi
    January 10th, 2019 at 11:57 | #10

    Local news already published that > 150,000 signatures against Pil & Zenith and hillside development. Hurray!

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