The Sun Daily
5 days
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has extended by six months the validity period of the award letter for SRS Consortium, the project delivery partner (PDP), of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project. The award letter was to expire by the end of this month but will now be valid until June to allow the PDP more time to obtain the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities. State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state did not anticipate the long time needed in getting the approvals. "This is just a technicality and we will continue to extend the award letter until they obtain the necessary approvals from the various authorities for the project," he said in a press conference yesterday when asked about the issue. The RM27 billion PTMP is an ambitious undertaking to link Penang Island and the mainland with rail transit systems, new highways, trams, rapid bus routes and water taxis.
The Sun Daily
2 months
GEORGE TOWN: Roger Teoh the PhD candidate at the Centre for Transport Studies in Imperial College London who resigned from DAP last year has made a U-turn on his resignation. In the latest political twist in the beginning of the year, Teoh said he decided to withdraw his resignation after a constructive discussion with the Penang top leadership. When contacted by theSun, Teoh confirmed his decision and said he decided to rejoin the party after a direct communication channel within the DAP had been established for him to voice his concerns on the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). "Following the constructive discussion with the Penang top leadership, as well as establishing a direct communication channel within the party to voice out my concern on PTMP, a decision has been reached for me to withdraw my resignation from the party", he said in a statement today.
The Sun Daily
2 months
GEORGE TOWN: The Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) has slammed the DAP state government for going ahead with the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) at the expense of the fishermen. Its chairman, Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim said the Penang government was being arrogant despite Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports that it would harm the environment and the livelihood of fishermen. "Compensation in exchange for the environment is not a smart move on the part of the Penang DAP state government. This proves the state government does not really care for the fate of the fishermen. "The fisherman have sacrificed a lot to provide a source of protein to Malaysians and marine life in Permatang Damar Laut is the source of their livelihood," he said in a statement today. Irmohizam said the PTMP project will certainly affect the lives of fishermen, particularly those in Kampung Sungai Batu as they depend heavily on marine resources there.
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2 months
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government will make public the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) documents next year. State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow (pix) said all 20 volumes will be made available for public viewing. He said the documents were the Request for Proposal (RFP) submitted by SRS Consortium which won the bid and was appointed as the PTMP project delivery partner (PDP). He said the documents will be placed in Komtar, the state government administrative office, sometime early next year and that there were no plans to put them online due to the volume involved. Chow also pointed out that the documents were available to Penang Transport Council (PTC) members. "I will fulfill my promise to open the RFP documents," he added after visiting the Lebuh Campbell market yesterday. The PTMP has been under the spotlight after critics accused the state of not being transparent over the developments.
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2 months
GEORGE TOWN: The DAP today accepted the resignation of Roger Teoh, a PHD candidate at the Centre for Transport Studies in Imperial College London. Teoh, in an exclusive interview with theSun said his request for resignation was accepted in less than 24 hours after he tendered it. He said he is relieved that he finally can speak the truth for the Penang people to make an accurate judgement on the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). "Personally speaking, I think Penang needs a check and balance. "DAP has been in power for over eight years without any adequate opposition in the house which I think is unhealthy for Penang," he told theSun through a Facebook interview today. The 23-year-old PhD student who has been a party member for the last three years said the main reason for his resignation was based on his principles which is to make Malaysia a better place.
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3 months
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4 months
GEORGE TOWN: Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu (pix) has urged the state to freeze high-rise projects in his constituency until the review for the Penang Structure Plan (PSP) 2020 is completed. He said the review of the PSP is needed so that density issues can be addressed. He had raised his objections in the last review meeting of PSP which earmarked his constituency as a development corridor. Noting that what was needed was for more low-medium cost (LMC) housing units to be built, he urged the state government to mandate developers to build the approved LMC projects before continuing with their non-LMC developments. He told a press today that two LMC projects in his constituency had been approved and called for them to be quickly constructed. The PSP is being revised to take into account the land use of the three islands proposed to be reclaimed on the southern coast of Penang to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
The Sun Daily
6 months
The Sun Daily
6 months
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today defended his administration over the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) against criticisms. He said the PTMP was to ensure future generations are taken care off and that Penang will not lose out to regional competitors. Without naming names, he swiped at critics saying the PTMP was not for one or two "senang" (well-off or carefree) people but for the more than a million Penang residents. Taking the proposed light rail transit (LRT) project, a component of the PTMP, as an example, he said the project was to provide convenience to benefit the people. "We want to make things easier," he said in his speech at the opening of the RM1.87 million road upgrading project to link Jalan Bunga Hinai to Jalan Bunga Kaca Piring here. Lim said there was a delay in the project due to having to move 10 squatter families in the area even though the tender was awarded in 2012.
The Sun Daily
6 months
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6 months
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6 months
GEORGE TOWN: NGO umbrella body Penang Forum is justified in requesting Unesco to conduct an assessment of the George Town Heritage Site as some components of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) is near the heritage area. Spokesman Khoo Salma said they were worried the construction of a monorail and light rail transit (LRT) station at the proposed Sia Boey site in Prangin could affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) which gave George Town heritage status. She noted the station was located in an area near the heritage buffer zone (also know as a tertiary zone) which was a critical issue to address. Khoo expressed her shock over the criticisms received in wake of the request and said the state should instead welcome the assessment if there was no wrong. She said the state may be liable for compensation if Unesco found that projects under the PTMP endangered the site so an assessment should be done before the Penang government commits to a contract.
The Sun Daily
6 months
GEORGE TOWN: Residents and visitors alike have urged those in charge to ensure the George Town Unesco heritage listing is not lost. Ali Mohd Ismail, 48, said the state cannot risk losing the listing due to the economic gains it can benefit from. He said George Town being listed as a heritage site has put Penang on the map and attracted local and overseas visitors. "If Penang loses this then Penangites are the ones who have lost," the contractor said when met recently. The Penang government and NGOs are at loggerheads after Penang Forum, an umbrella group of NGOs, forwarded their concerns to Unesco over the impact of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) on the site. This prompted fears that the listing is at risk but George Town World Heritage Inc general manager Ang Ming Chee reportedly toned down such fears as delisting was not easy. Ali Mohd urged the state and NGOs to resolve the situation and whatever issues they have amicably.
The Sun Daily
6 months
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) today said Penang Forum's complaints to the Unesco World Heritage Centre in Paris was like a stab in the back. Lim expressed his regret and disappointment towards the Penang based civil society group for its action that bypassed the state and national authorities. He however stressed that the state government will do its best to protect the heritage status and slammed Penang Forum's move as another slander to the state administration. "We will fight to the last to protect what we have," he told reporters after launching a waste segregation programme at Taman Idaman in his state constituency of Air Putih. Lim questioned the action by the group and defended the state government's move to implement the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) outside the heritage area. "The Light Rail Transit (LRT) component of PTMP is outside the heritage zone, not inside.
The Sun Daily
6 months
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6 months
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6 months
GEORGE TOWN: Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) appointed to the Penang Transport Council (PTC) have been urged to come up with concrete alternative proposals based on their insistence to have (road level) trams instead of elevated rail systems. State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the NGOs have started a signature campaign against elevated rail options. He said the terms of reference (TOR) to come up with an alternative financial architecture to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) was not even completed but there was already a preconception that trams were better. He said the state government was not an adversary of the NGOs and thus have even showed the classified documents on the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) to them. "We want to put the record straight. We invited them to the PTC.
The Sun Daily
7 months
GEORGE TOWN: The proposal to introduce Trams as the backbone of public transport in Penang may not be feasible due to the physical constrains imposed by the existing road system. Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) Project Delivery Partner (PDP) SRS Consortium project manager Szeto Wai Loong said the roads in the island-state were too narrow for road-level transport options like trams. As such, he said costs will increase for the setup as land will have to be acquired in order for roads to have trams running along them. Another factor which could further increase the cost and construction duration was the relocation of utilities under the road, he added. Szeto said the "at-grade tram system" needed two lanes for the coming and going of vehicles and questioned if the people of Penang were prepared to face jams as the roads will become narrower.
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8 months
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8 months
GEORGE TOWN: A conflict of interest does not arise if the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project delivery partner (PDP) SRS Consortium bids for work packages under the RM27billion project. State local government, traffic management and flood mitigation committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow (pix) said the PDP can do so as as the packages will be offered via open tender. The PDP can win the bid if the technical requirements are met with the lowest price for that particular work package which can translate into cost savings, he added. He said the state will then appoint another company to oversee the work conducted by the PDP for the work package which was won. "They have to take part in the open tender, it is not a direct award," he told a press conference after attending a briefing of the PTMP given to representatives of the Japanese Embassy and Japanese companies in Penang.
The Sun Daily
9 months
Lim, who is also PGC chairman, stressed his administration will never forsake environmental protection vis a vis the RM27billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). He reiterated the reclamation of some 1,821ha to fund the PTMP will only proceed subject to the approval of the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA). He, nonetheless, pointed out that without reclamation, there would no land for future expansion of the Penang International Airport nor for residential and industrial use. "In order to find a balance between protecting the environment and economic development, we need to promote economic opportunity for all, for instance, creating more working opportunities in Penang," he added.