THE business community in Penang wants local contractors and sub- contractors to be given prio-rity for federal projects carried out in the state.
Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) president Datuk Khor Teng Tong said that in the past 10 years, the contractors had been deprived of such contracts.
“Just look at Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan in Anson Road and some school buildings in Penang.
“These projects were awarded to contractors from other states,” he said, adding that the move could result in a large outflow of funds to other states.
Khor said it was only fair that the government consider local contractors for federal projects.
Khor was speaking to reporters after leading newly appointed PCCC executive committee members to pay a courtesy call on Chief Mini-ster Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon at the Penang Development Corporation office in Bayan Lepas yesterday.
Present were executive adviser Datuk Choot Ewe Seng, honorary president Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping and vice-president Lee Joo Ping.
Khor urged the state government to further develop Pe-nang in education and medical tourism and promote My Second Home programme.
“Penang has the potential to shine in these fields due to its excellent infrastructure and facilities.”
Other issues raised during the meeting included the construction of new infrastructure like the mono- rail, second bridge and the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR).