Penang government ‘insincere’ over display of EIA reports

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  • Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017

Up in arms: (Seated from right) Dr Tan, Ooi, Tang and other state MCA and Gerakan leaders showing images of the Bayan Lepas LRT alignments during the press conference at Penang Gerakan headquarters in Macalister Road. — GOH GAIK LEE/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has questioned the sincerity of the state government over its public display of three Environmental Impact Assessment reports related to the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

State Gerakan Publicity Bureau chief Ooi Zhi Yi said the three reports of more than 1,000 pages could not be downloaded via the websites of Penang State Government, Department of Environment and the EIA consultant’s website.

“These reports are only available to the public for only a month.

“With such inconveniences, is there something to hide?” he asked during a press conference at Penang Gerakan headquarters yesterday.

The EIA reports are related to the South Reclamation Scheme (SRS), North Coastal Paired Road and the Bayan Lepas LRT.

Public viewing of the EIA reports is available at eight locations in Penang, one in Putrajaya and one in Kuala Lumpur since July 17. It will end tomorrow.

Ooi is also upset that the public viewing could only be done during office hours.

“Do you think the public can actually concentrate on viewing the reports during working hours?

“The three reports have more than 1,000 pages with all the technical terms and jargons,” he said.

Ooi said that based on his understanding, several LRT stations were proposed at undeveloped areas.

“Are the stations built to serve Penangites, or for the benefits of the land owners near the proposed LRT stations?” he asked.

The paired roads and LRT are part of the PTMP, touted by the state government as a “five-in-one public transport solution involving highways, LRT, monorails, catamarans or water taxis, buses, taxis and cable cars.”

It was projected to cost RM27bil in the conceptual stage after a 2011 study. Penang Transport Council chairman and state exco member Chow Kon Yeow said the cost had hit RM46bil after several components were added.

Also present Penang MCA secretary Tang Heap Seng, Penang MCA organising secretary Dr Tan Chuan Hong and other state MCA and Gerakan leaders.

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