Koh: Lack of funds for upkeep

  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Sep 2004

PENANG: The lack of funds has hampered plans to refurbish the eight government bungalows on Penang Hill.  

However, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the state was seeking federal allocations for the upgrading works, estimated to cost some RM1.5mil for each bungalow. 

He said although the state had planned to refurbish the bungalows last year, its budget was limited and there were also other pressing matters to attend to. 

“Although the Federal Government has only allocated funds for specific development projects, we are still trying our best to obtain more,” he told reporters after launching “Sukan Rakyat 2004” at Metropolitan Park in Relau yesterday.  

He was responding to a newspaper report yesterday which stated that buildings, roads and other structures on the hill were falling apart from neglect. 

Dr Koh said Penang Hill was a natural heritage treasure and had to be developed with care. 

The state, he said, did not want to rush into major development projects, as they could turn into white elephants. 

He said a committee had been set up to look into projects on the hill, including development of the bungalows, the funicular railway, the road system and the cable car project linking the hill to Teluk Bahang.  

“We need to look into the best way to resolve the issue.”  

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