PETALING JAYA: The Federal Government may request for the Penang government to submit all relevant documentation related to their request for a third bridge linking the island to the mainland, said Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
"With any application or proposals for any construction projects, our Ministry will evaluate each request based on its own merits and its long-term costs and benefits to the rakyat. This may include our Ministry requesting the Penang Government to submit all relevant documentation related to their request - including the three project studies costing RM305 million, which I understand is complete or nearing completion," said Fadillah.
He added in a press release on Sunday that he was responding to a statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a third Penang Bridge.
"I take note of Lim's statement today that he will be sending me a letter next week to apply for a third Penang Bridge, and I look forward to receiving this letter. I thank him for coming clean by confirming that the Federal Government has never rejected or made it difficult for the Penang Govt to receive approval in the past to build a third Penang Bridge and forcing the Penang government to build a tunnel instead," said Fadillah.
On Sunday, Lim said in a statement that the Penang state government will be sending a formal letter next week to the Federal Government to seek approval for the construction of the third bridge, from Gurney Drive on the island to Bagan Ajam on the mainland, adding that the letter would be addressed to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof over the construction of the toll-free bridge.
Lim had said during the state assembly meeting on Friday that it would be difficult to get approval from the Federal Government to build the third bridge because the Prime Minister’s triple promises to construct the LRT on Penang island remained unfulfilled."I also take note that YAB Lim had admitted yesterday that he was not brave enough to request for such approvals in the past - despite the fact that by his own admission, a bridge would cost at least RM2 billion less than a tunnel. The Federal Government in general and our Ministry in particular is committed to the continuous improvement of the public infrastructure for Malaysia," said Fadillah.