PETALING JAYA: Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pic) has told the Penang government to "stop playing games" after it once again delayed the submission of feasibility and detailed design report for the Penang Undersea Tunnel.
Fadillah pointed out that it was the Penang state government that first requested the ministry to approve the construction of the proposed undersea tunnel, but approval was not given due to the absence of supporting documents.
"It was also the Penang government which said that the studies were still incomplete and they would send them by the middle of this year.
"And now, it is the Penang government that says they are not sending the reports because there is no urgency for the project.
"Despite saying there is now no more urgency, the Penang government is asking me again to approve the project in principle without any supporting documents – which means we are back at square one," Fadillah said in a statement.
"I am unsure what games the Penang government is playing, but they should leave me out of it," Fadillah said.
On Wednesday, Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd said it would not be giving priority to the undersea tunnel and would focus on the construction of the paired roads.
Its senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli said there was no urgency to finish the feasibility study for the undersea tunnel as it was only due to start in 2023.