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PSI project on hold after fisher folk win appeal, Penang may file judicial review against the decision

Property News/ 8 September 2021 Leave a comment

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The Penang government may apply for a judicial review against the Appeal Board’s decision earlier today that cancelled approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of its ambitious sea reclamation to build three artificial islands.

State executive councillor Zairil Khir Johari said the state will consider using this legal option pending obtaining the official written decision by the Appeal Board.

“The state will also consider other actions such as the possibility of presenting an updated EIA based on the approvals from the local authorities as referred to in the decision by the Appeal Board,” the infrastructure and transport committee chairman said in a brief statement in response to the decision.

This morning, the Appeal Board under the Environmental Quality (Appeal Board) Regulations 2003 allowed the preliminary objections submitted by fisherman Zakaria Ismail, against the approval of the EIA for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR).

In allowing the objection, the approval by the Department of Environment (DoE) director general (DG) on the PSR EIA was also set aside as it was ultra vires, null and void.

Ultra vires in legal terms means acting beyond one’s authority.

The PSR is a massive reclamation project to create three islands off the southern coast of the main Penang island.

The islands, loosely named A, B and C, will measure a total 4,500 acres (1,821 ha) in land size off the coast from Permatang Damar Laut.

The PSR project was first introduced back in 2015 as the funding module of the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) after SRS Consortium was appointed as the project delivery partner (PDP) for the PTMP on August 14, 2015.

Source: MalayMail.com

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  1. Zamani
    September 9th, 2021 at 23:16 | #1

    It’s very sad to hear that PSI project was put on hold.

  2. Macha
    September 11th, 2021 at 12:15 | #2

    Because of one selfish fisherman they put this on hold. How bout the many other fishermen who actually supported the PSR because it improves the livelihood. Useless government and hopeless country!

  3. williamyl
    September 13th, 2021 at 09:32 | #3

    LRT cancel, PSI cancel all developement cancel……..

  4. Y.S.Ang
    September 14th, 2021 at 12:57 | #4

    It takes years to get the EIA for these projects to approve. now a group of fisherman object and appeal to the environmental Quality Board (2003) the whole EIA is now revoked. It terrible on time and cost wasted. In the first DOE to many years to study and approved the EIA and it takes how long for the board to revoke it??????

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