This is Penang’s biggest catalyst for everything else. It will make Penang bigger with three additional islands. It’s the Penang South Reclamation project (PSR). Without this, Penang will have to rely on the Federal Government for funds for everything it wishes to do, especially the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). As for the fund, well, here’s that earlier story: With federal funds, scale of PSR could be rescaled. In brief, everything will have to depend on the Federal government if there’s no PSR. Now for the good news perhaps? PSR has been approved by the Environment Department (DoE) via a fax on 4th July 2019.
Article in thestar.com.my Chief Minister of Penang Chow Kon Yeow said that the state government has received an approval letter via fax from the DoE. As for the fax, he said, “We will be waiting for an official copy to be sent to us. At the moment we are still studying the content. It is quite a big document.” He added that there are 72 conditions which must be complied with. He said, “When we implement the project, we will comply with those conditions and regulations.” As for whether those conditions would add to the overall cost, he said that the state government will need to study the conditions first. The Star reported on Thursday (July 4) that the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry had green-lighted the project. This meant that the three man-made islands totalling 1,800ha could now start at the southern coast of the island. Article in thestar.com.my
I know, there are still objections to this PSR. Here’s that latest article in thestar.com.my Briefly, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) acting president Mohideen Abdul Kadir and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president Meenakshi Raman said the Department of Environment (DoE) has not addressed the fundamental issues on the reclamation, and called on the EIA to be made public.“ I do not think there’s any need to hide the information from the public since this is already approved. Let’s see how the state government will be handling this. Constructive engagement is definitely necessary but both sides must be willing to decide objectively for the future of Penang. Happy anticipating.
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