Key infrastructure projects underway in Penang

Property News/ 27 September 2023 Leave a comment


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow expressed the state’s commitment to advancing the major infrastructure projects that have been in progress for the past decade during his attendance at the Penang Master Builders’ 146th-anniversary dinner at St Giles The Wembley Hotel.

“Under the guidance of the current state government, we are confident that we will fulfill our electoral pledges, primarily centred on commencing and successfully concluding these significant infrastructure initiatives.

“This endeavour is aimed at reinforcing the groundwork for further development, solidifying Penang’s status as a crucial economic centre in Malaysia.”

“We firmly believe that Penang remains an attractive destination for investments,” he added.

According to Chow, the major infrastructure projects include the Penang Light Rail Transit (LRT), the expansion of the Penang International Airport (PIA) and the Penang South Island have officially commenced.

“Two weeks ago during the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) Mid-Term Review (MTR), the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim), who is also the Finance Minister, listed six major projects to be implemented.

“The list includes the Penang LRT project and the PIA expansion. We hope that the PIA expansion project can be implemented and completed in another three to four years.

“This is to ensure that, the expansion could cater to the ever-increasing passengers at the PIA,” he said yesterday (Sept 26).

Chow also shared that the PSI is expected to be completed in eight years and that its first phase, which includes the Green Tech Park, could be built in the next two to three years.

He hoped that by the middle of November, an official ceremony could be held on the reclaimed land (phase one) to mark the start of the project.

Discussing the Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass (Package Two), a component of the three-highway and undersea tunnel project, Chow stated that it is anticipated to reach completion by mid-2025.

“The Penang Infrastructure Corporation will be working on the Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang paired road (Package One) so that we do not have to wait for the Package Two project to be completed.

“This is to help alleviate the traffic congestions in some parts of the island,” Chow said, adding that the Gurney Drive-Bagan Ajam undersea tunnel project is awaiting approval from the Penang Port Sdn Bhd authorities.

Apart from that, Chow highlighted other projects which needed much attention, such as flood mitigation projects, 5G infrastructure projects, and the provision of affordable homes.

“We welcome more projects from the Federal Government,” he added.

During his speech, Chow thanked the Penang Master Builders for its unwavering commitment to the development of Penang and Malaysia.


Meanwhile, Penang Master Builders president Goh Teng Woo emphasised that the expansion of Penang’s industrial sector has ushered in fresh opportunities for players in the construction industry.

Source: Buletin Mutiara

  1. Oh nice
    September 27th, 2023 at 17:14 | #1

    add at least 5 more years to each of the promised timeline…..that will be more realistic…

  2. TY
    September 28th, 2023 at 21:58 | #2

    Excuse me, how long does it take to complete the EIA report for undersea tunnel? where are we on this right now? Before you talk about other projects…

  3. Penangite
    October 2nd, 2023 at 08:04 | #3

    it has been 9 months after the approval of expansion of Penang International Airport and Bayan Lepas – Komtar LRT line…………..NOTHING starts!!! This Penang government is more becoming of NATO, no action talk only….very sad!

  4. Islander
    October 2nd, 2023 at 09:18 | #4

    Penang is slow in everything government-related.
    If by private, construction is done before you even notice. Look at The Light, E&O Island.

    This reminds me of the Krystal Points flyover, how many years does it take ya? 15?

  5. Minion
    October 2nd, 2023 at 13:46 | #5

    you all jangan complain,
    if you all complain,

    you all buat

  6. millionaire
    October 2nd, 2023 at 17:04 | #6

    The Krystal Point flyover took 15 years to completed?
    This reminds me the Hk-Zhuhai-Macau longest (55km) sea crossing bridge in the world only took 9 years for entire construction.
    Slow>extremely slow>sluggish, best to describe current state government.

  7. Islander
    October 3rd, 2023 at 11:15 | #7


    More than 10year for sure.
    As I can recall I had been watching it since primary school until I was sec it was still there.

    Meanwhile, the coastal highway flyover took only 3years+.
    At this point I wonder is IJM too strong or something wrong with the krystal point flyover.

  8. Islander
    October 3rd, 2023 at 11:20 | #8


    We have a good vendor here called IJM doing a very good role model.

    They have proven that not a problem of can or cannot, but want or don’t want.

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