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Wednesday December 12, 2012

PPC not letting up on quest for land title of cruise terminal

By WINNIE YEOH

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Port Commission (PPC) will continue to pursue the land title of the Swetten-ham Pier Cruise Terminal in order to obtain the certificate of fitness (CF).

Its general manager Noor Ariff Yusoff said they were still hopeful that the state government would grant them the title despite their land lease being revoked in May 2010.

He also clarified that the pier had obtained the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and assured the public that it was safe to use despite having to operate on a temporary CF that had to be renewed every six months.

“We urge the state to grant us the land title as the facility is for the public and this cruise terminal is touted to be the most strategic in the country,” he said yesterday.

He said PPC had not received any complaint regarding the terminal.

Noor Ariff said PPC had initially obtained a 60-year land lease but it was revoked in May 2010 by the state government with the return of the RM15mil premium.

“We submitted an application in July the same year and had been waiting for a reply since,” he said.

The PPC will take over the operation of the Tanjung City Marina and pier early next year from its current operator Penang Port Sdn Bhd.

The marina was in a pitiful state for about a year now after the 102 berths for yachts were damaged due to storms since 2009.

Noor Ariff said PPC would revive the marina with the realignment of about 50 pontoons at the cost of less than RM1mil and would also appoint a suitable operator to manage the facility.

It was reported that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had said the state government did not issue a land title for the pier as it wanted to have a say in the project.

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