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Federal Government approved Penang South Reclamation project

April 18th, 2019 Leave a comment 中文版

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The National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) has approved the proposed Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project to create three islands off the southern coast of the main island.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in a brief statement, confirmed that the NPPC had agreed to the implementation of the project as long as it adhered to the 18 conditions set, but did not elaborate what they were.

He stressed that the state government will adhere to all conditions set by the NPPC.

“We will adhere to all feedback from the relevant technical departments regarding the implementation of the project in line with Section 2A(2)(b) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976,” he said.

The PSR is a reclamation project that plans to create islands covering 4,500 acres off the southern coast of the Penang island.

It is expected to increase the state’s land bank. Lots on the islands will be sold to raise money to fund the state’s ambitious RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

Gamuda Bhd deputy group managing director Rashdan Yusof had revealed in February that PSR will create islands A, B and C off the coast.

Island A will be zoned as a new industrial park due to its proximity to the airport, while Island B will be specifically for high-end support services for the industrial park, such as financial services, business services and tourism.

Finally, Island C will be for the creation of new tourism products for Penang.

Gamuda Berhad is part of SRS Consortium, the project delivery partner for the PTMP.

SRS Consortium will be reclaiming the sea off the coast for PSR.

PSR is the funding module of the RM46 billion PTMP which will include a Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the building of Pan Island Link 1 (PIL1).

Just a few days ago, Chow announced that the Department of Environment (DOE) had approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for PIL1, paving the way for the project to be implemented soon.

Civil society groups including Penang Forum, Penang Consumers Association and fishermen’s groups have objected against both PSR and PIL1.

The last few days, the groups had issued statements criticising the approval for PIL1.

The groups cited reasons such as environmental damage and loss of livelihoods for the fishermen along the coast.

Source: MalayMail.com

 

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  1. Macha
    April 19th, 2019 at 08:43 | #1

    Those who still object should read this article from TheStar today: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/19/its-time-for-penang-to-reinvent-itself/

    Well written and on point

  2. Soba
    April 19th, 2019 at 11:26 | #2

    Agree

  3. Leo
    April 19th, 2019 at 12:13 | #3

    Macha :
    Those who still object should read this article from TheStar today: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/19/its-time-for-penang-to-reinvent-itself/
    Well written and on point

    Fully agreed as long as no corruption involve. But I would suggest relocate the airpot to the PSR to cater long term development and avoid never ending airport expension. After relocate, the existing old airport land can be used for more FDI and high value industrial expension which consolidated into close proximity location.

  4. Turtle
    April 20th, 2019 at 02:18 | #4

    Well situated according to turtle shape fengshui

  5. bear bear
    April 29th, 2019 at 13:15 | #5

    Island A is necessary for airport expansion and LRT depot. But do we really need island B and C? The islands B and C look more like developers’ greed to me.

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