Koh: PDC not keen to bid for Penang monorail project

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  • Saturday, 05 Aug 2006

PENANG: The Penang Development Corporation (PDC) is not keen to lobby for the Penang monorail project.  

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is also PDC chairman, said yesterday that the corporation’s focus was not on such projects.  

FRIENDLY TALK: Dr Koh (right) making a point with incoming IOSTE chairman Dr Terry Lyongs after closingthe symposium in Penang yesterday.

“We are keen to promote other developments in Penang such as opening up industrial parks and housing estates,” he said. 

“Thus, we will let companies with relevant experience and expertise on monorails to bid for the project.” 

Dr Koh said this when asked by newsmen if the PDC would lobby for the project after closing the 12th International Organisation for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) Symposium here.  

However, he declined to comment on Penang Port Sdn Bhd’s interest in bidding for the project.  

“The state views that those awarded the project should have the best monorail design in terms of connectivity,” he said. 

“It must be integrated with the public bus system. For example, a monorail station should not be 500m away from the bus stop. 

“It should also offer affordable fares and a viable business model.”  

On Thursday, the port’s managing director Datuk Ahmad Ibni Hajar said its proposal to build a modern tram system was submitted to the Economic Planning Unit and Finance Ministry last week. 

He said the routes proposed for the monorail system were Penang International Airport to the Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal (Phase 1 – 18km), ferry terminal to Paya Terubong (Phase 2 – 11km), and Komtar to Tanjong Tokong (Phase 3 – 9.5km). 

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