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Friday October 26, 2012

Penang’s no stepchild Dr Ng: Pakatan-held state gets equal federal treatment

GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Government has never marginalised Penang although it is under Pakatan Rakyat, says Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

She said the Government had funded several major projects in the state, including the RM63mil Penang Hill funicular railway upgrade and RM5mil multi-storey car park, the second Penang bridge costing RM4.5bil and Penang International Airport expansion which costs RM250mil.

“We even recommended more direct flights to Penang. When (International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri) Mustapa Mohamed was overseas, he never asked investors not to come to Penang. We gave almost everything but look at what happened to the ‘Kancil car park’.

“The Penang Development Corporation cannot even do a (proper) job. The project has been reduced to dust,” she said at the Penang Chefs Silver Jubilee dinner at Bayview Beach Resort yesterday.

On the second link, Dr Ng noted that the frequent visits by representatives of the DAP-led state government had given the impression that they were behind the project.

“I wish to reiterate that this is a federal project. It has nothing to do with them,” she said.

Dr Ng said Malaysia received 24.8 million international tourists last year, adding that the minstry was targeting 36 million arrivals.

She added that the international tourists’ expenditure hit RM1.1bil per week last year, adding that the ministry was aiming for RM3.3bil per week.

Dr Ng handed the Most Promising Young Chef Award and The Most Outstanding Chef Award to Khor Ying Jia and Eric Cheam Kah Boon respectively during the event.

Organising chairman Peter Chan Weng Seng, who is Chefs Association of Malaysia Penang Chapter chairman, said Penang chefs “are well sought after in many countries.”

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