THE Penang government has managed to record RM6.7bil in investments through 107 approved projects last year.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas said RM4.5bil came from foreign investments while RM2.2bil was from local investments.
“I am happy to note there was an increase in job opportunities from 17,896 in 2014 to 18,725 last year.
“The state also approved RM23.27mil in allocation to the Public Works Department (JKR) last year for the upgrading of infrastructure such as roads and bridges,” he said in his speech at the opening of the fourth term of the 13th Penang Legislative Assembly yesterday.
Abdul Rahman added that the state would also continue with the RM15mil land acquisition for the widening of Jalan Alma to Bukit Minyak in Bukit Mertajam.
“The Federal Government also approved a road widening project from Tuanku Abdul Rahman Bridge to the Merdeka Bridge in Kepala Batas under its First Rolling Plan (2016-2017) of the 11th Malaysian Plan.”
He also said the increase in dengue cases was a concern.
“Penang is ranked fourth in Malaysia with 10 dengue-related deaths this year.
“I was informed that the state will introduce Mosquito Autocidal Traps (a new method to trap and kill larvae and mosquitos) or MyMAT this month.
“Three localities have been identified as pioneer areas – Tuna in Seberang Jaya, Taman Seri Damai in the northeast district and Taman Seri Delima in the southwest district,” he said.
Abdul Rahman said more MyMAT would be installed in other areas if this six-month programme proved to be successful.
He also highlighted the Guar Kepah Archaeological Gallery which would be built to showcase the human settlements in Penang during the Stone Age.
“I was informed that Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Global Archaeological Research discovered evidence which suggested there were early Neolithic communities about 5,000 years ago in Guar Kepah, north Seberang Prai.
“The setting up of the gallery will be completed by the end of the year and will be opened to the public by early next year,” he said.
The Penang Legislative Assembly will continue on Friday.