Ministry to improve Penang Hill infrastructure

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  • Saturday, 03 Aug 2019

GEORGE TOWN: The Economic Affairs Ministry will look into allocation from the Federal Government to help improve existing infrastructure on Penang Hill.

Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said infrastructure works would require an increase in allocation for Penang Hill Corporation (PHC), which manages the historical tourist attraction.

“I have spoken to the management and they are committed to protecting Penang Hill.

“Of course, the state has been supportive in terms of allocation provided for Penang Hill but there are major infrastructure works that need to be done, which include an alternative mode of transportation.

“Learning from our experience from the last landslide in 2017, which disconnected the residents up on the hill and tourists, it is important for the state and PHC to start exploring new options, ” he told reporters during a working visit to The Habitat nature walk on Penang Hill yesterday.

He added that he was impressed with the work done by PHC to restore old bungalows, heritage sites and buildings.

“They have taken various initiatives to protect and restore them, as well as opening up to the private sector to look into these initiatives, ” he added.

Also present was PHC general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng.

Besides The Habitat, Azmin also visited other attractions on Penang Hill during the site visit, including David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace.

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