‘Ensure projects stick to schedule’

PENANG: The Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has urged the state go-vernment to ensure that infrastructure projects such as Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) and the Second Link are completed on schedule.  

This was vital to alleviate traffic congestion at the existing public facilities which were already bursting at the seams here, it said. 

It was one of six resolutions passed at the chamber’s annual general meeting and general committee election yesterday. 

The chamber also called on the state to add more tourism products to generate more economic activities in order to compete with neighbouring countries. 

With the emergence of Hong Kong Disneyland and the intensive development of Singapore’s integrated resorts, Penang had been left behind in terms of new attractions, the chamber said.  

Outgoing chamber president Datuk Choot Ewe Seng urged the government to award Penang-based projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to local contractors and advocate more transparency for projects under the tender process. 

He said the chamber recently received the ISO 9001:2000 certification, an internationally recognised quality ma-nagement system standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), for its transpa-rency and systematic practices.  

Chamber deputy president Siah Kok Poay is expected to succeed president Datuk Choot Ewe Seng.  

“It has been the norm for the deputy to succeed the president,” Siah said. 

The new president will be elected on June 5.  

He appealed to members for their cooperation and support.  

Siah quashed rumours that chamber vice-president Datuk Khor Teng Tong would contest against him 

In yesterday’s election to pick 51 committee members, 277 ballot papers were cast, of which 13 were spoilt.  

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