BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Penang government intends to apply to the federal government to upgrade the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) to a city council.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government had earlier wanted to apply for MPSP to be upgraded together with the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) as city councils.
However, he said, due to the federal government policy of limiting one city to a state, the state government only applied for MPPP to be granted city status. This was obtained in 2015.
"MPSP had met the criteria for a city since 2008, but due to the policy we did not apply.
He hopes that the new federal government will revise the restriction.
"Our officers will follow up with the ministry to determine the current situation," he told reporters after the swearing in of 24 MPSP councillors, including 11 new ones.
The councillors were sworn in for the July 2018 to December 2019 term at the MPSP Building, Bandar Perda, here on July 2. - Bernama