PETALING JAYA: National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) has yet to approve the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) proposal, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.
In a statement on Friday (April 19), Khalid said the NPPR has met, heard and deliberated on the PSR proposal according to Town and Country Planning Act 1976, but had yet to agree to it.
“The council advised the Penang government and gave 18 recommendations, as well as comments and additional recommendations from various ministries,” he said.
The six ministries named are Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry, Rural Development Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry, Transport Ministry, Economics Affairs Ministry and Housing and Local Government Ministry.
"The Penang state government was also advised to continue consulting the community and people affected by the reclamation project to ensure that all the needs are given due attention," he said.
Khalid added that the project also needed to get its environmental impact assessment (EIA) and social impact assessment (SIA) approved by the relevant agencies.
“As this is a master plan, it will have to be presented to the NPPC for advice again,” he said, quoting Act 172, subsection 22 (2A).
On Thursday (April 18), Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced that the NPPC has given the green light for the reclamation of three islands off the southern coast of Penang island.
He said the council approved the project with 18 conditions, which the state would comply with.
The reclamation, dubbed Penang South Reclamation, is a project to reclaim three islands, creating a new land bank with 930ha on Island A, 445ha on Island B and 323ha on Island C.
The revenue generated from the project would then be used to fund economic development in the state and to support the execution of the Penang Transport Master Plan.