PETALING JAYA: The National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) has not given Penang the green light for its Penang South Reclamation (PSR) proposal, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.
In a statement yesterday, Khalid said the NPPC had deliberated on the PSR proposal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 but had yet to agree to it.
“The council advised the Penang government with 18 recommendations as well as comments and additional recommendations from various ministries,” he said.
The six ministries are the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry, the Rural Development Ministry, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry, the Transport Ministry, the Economics Affairs Ministry and the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
“The Penang 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.
The project, added Khalid, also needed to get its Environmental Impact Assessment and the Social Impact Assessment reports 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, citing subsection 22 (2A) of the Act.