KUALA LUMPUR: The 23.6km Second Penang Bridge reflects the Federal Government's continued commitment to spur the state's economic growth although the Pearl of the Orient is now under opposition rule, said Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
The Government's earnestness in building the RM4.5bil bridge cannot be denied by any quarter, including the DAP state government which had claimed credit for development and huge foreign investments in Penang, he said.
Teng said the second bridge could further boost Penang's economic development and growth for the benefit of the people.
“The bridge will help to create many job opportunities for locals, boost the housing industry and reduce traffic congestion,” he said.
The people of Penang, including its over 800,000-odd registered voters, should appreciate the Barisan government's initiative as they are the ones who will benefit from the bridge project, he said.
Penang MIC Youth chief J. Dhinagaran said the construction of the second bridge was proof that the Barisan government was sensitive to the needs of the people, regardless of whether a state was ruled by Barisan or the Opposition.
“The existing bridge is unable to cope with the heavy traffic heading to the island every day. Hence, MIC is thankful that the Federal Government is constructing the second bridge,” he said.
Dhinagaran said the people of Penang should show their gratitude by voting for BN, as the Barisan government was the only coalition government that had clear plans for economic development and growth.
The second bridge on which work commenced on Nov 8, 2008, will comprise a 16.8km-long bridge structure above the sea and 6.8km on land, making Penang the state with the longest bridge in South-East Asia.
In addition, it doubles up as a tourist attraction.
The bridge, which connects Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the island, is 79.5% completed and is expected to be completed by September next year. - Bernama