Grouses over traffic jams, parking fees

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  • Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012

GEORGE TOWN: A newly formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) has revealed that a growing number of residents here are unhappy over the weekend parking fees imposed by the Penang Municipal Council and the overall worsening traffic congestion.

1Malaysia Brothers chairman Khoo Boon Eam (pic) said the ratepayers were unhappy that the council continued to impose parking charges until midnight on Sundays, whereas there had been promises in the past to introduce free parking on weekends.

This feedback was obtained from a survey conducted by the organisation here.

He also said that the traffic was getting worse here, as there was now a surge of vehicles coming in from the mainland on weekends, causing severe congestions on narrow roads.

Khoo said these two issues had portrayed the state government in a bad light, adding that if left unchecked, it could erode the quality of life, which many local residents craved for.

1Malaysia Brothers was formed in March this year.

It had declared that it was friendly towards Barisan Nasional and claimed to have a membership of over 25,000 people from a diverse range of ethnicity and backgrounds.

“We support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak because we believe that Barisan has the best formula to govern the country,” he said during a dinner at the Jit Sin Temple on Monday. Khoo said his organisation planned to become a platform for the laymen to voice their feedback on the current socio-economic issues in the state.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee Chairman Chow Kon Yeow could not be reached for comments.

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