CM dismisses minister’s remarks on reclamation plan as baseless

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  • Friday, 29 Dec 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has hit out at a Federal Minister over his views on the proposed Penang South Reclamation Scheme (SRS) near Teluk Kumbar.

Lim said the statement by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was baseless.

He, however, did not elaborate on the matter.

“He gave inaccurate facts and this is a political attack gearing for the general election campaign,” said Lim during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.

Lim said he would issue a statement in response to the matter today. Dr Wan Junaidi was earlier quoted as saying the proposed SRS might change the continental shelf of Penang and encroach into international waters.

He said personally, he disagreed with the project due to various implications on nature and the people.

The SRS is a massive plan to reclaim three islands totalling 1,800ha off the southern coast of Penang.

The success of the Penang Transport Masterplan, which is the state government’s multi-billion ringgit public transport project involving light rail transit, monorail, cable cars and water taxis, depends on funding from property development on the islands.

The environmental impact assessment of SRS was recently completed and is now awaiting federal approval.

At the same press conference, Lim presented micro credit loans of RM5,000 each to nine young entrepreneurs through the Tabung Usahawan Tani Muda (TUTM) initiative.

He said the state government had channelled RM430,000 to TUTM, benefiting 84 recipients to date.

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