Home > News > Nation
Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 8:55:34 AM
by crystal chiam shiying
Motorists using the new Sultan Abdul Halim Mua’dzam Shah Bridge, causing bumper to bumper traffic.
GEORGE TOWN: The undersea tunnel linking the island to the mainland in Penang is still needed despite the opening of the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The third link, the tunnel between Gurney Drive and Bagan Ajam, would serve as a development game-changer and catalyst for economic growth for north Seberang Prai.
“It will also reduce traffic congestion on the island,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
Lim was responding to calls by certain parties wanting the proposed third link to be scrapped.
“There were only two flimsy objections given – namely that there is no need for a third link as there are now two bridges to reduce the traffic congestion in the state, and environmental concerns of building an under-seabed tunnel.
“Any basic transportation study will bear out the premise that for an island, the more links the better in terms of reducing traffic bottlenecks and traffic congestion,” he said.
Lim said the tunnel would bring development to north Seberang Prai as central Seberang Prai could be served by the Penang Bridge and south Seberang Prai by the new bridge.
At another function, Lim said the Penang Government supported the Federal Government’s decision in naming the new bridge after the King.
“Naming the bridge comes under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and we support the choice that has been made,” he said at a press conference after a gotong-royong in Taman Hijau, Batu Lanchang here yesterday.
At a visit to the Government House, when Lim was asked about the toll rate for the new bridge, he declined to comment, as the fixing of the rate came under the purview of the Federal Government.
Motorists not allowed to stop at bridge
Bridge becomes a traffic magnet
Eager to be the early birds to cross the new bridge
Tags / Keywords:
Politics, Nation, second Penang Bridge, Lim Guan Eng, name, toll rate
Gerakan’s goal to win seats in Penang
Penang Starwalk attracts more than 20,000 participants
Toll hike as hefty as in ‘fake’ release
Works Ministry: Singapore's prerogative to increase Causeway toll charges
Review Causeway toll increases, urges Dr Boo
Stronger support needed to realise Vision 2020, says Liow
Sarawak and Sabah will not leave Malaysia, says PM
Respect each other and uphold nation’s vision of harmony, say leaders
CM: Escalating talk of secession disturbing
DAP MP irks netizens after questioning need for playing Negaraku in cinemas
DAP MP criticises playing of Negaraku in cinemas, apologises after backlash
Future footie stars get much-deserved chance to shine through coaching clinic
Airport upgrade set to woo in more tourists
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)