GEORGE TOWN: The state government will not begin any project without obtaining the required approvals.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state had kept its word on the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.
"From the project's conceptualisation, to the appointment of the project delivery partner and the application for approval, we have kept to our word not to start the project until we get the necessary approvals.
"Now that we have obtained approval with 72 conditions, we will make sure we meet all these conditions," he said in response to a written question posed by Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor (BN-Sungai Dua), who asked if there was still time to review the project during state legislative assembly held at Dewan Sri Pinang on Tuesday (Nov 5).
Chow (PH-Padang Kota) said PSR would not begin until the state had complied with the 72 conditions set by the Department of Environment (DOE).
When Muhamad Yusoff asked about the monitoring system that would be used to ensure these conditions were met, Chow said DoE would be in charge of it.
“As for the suggestion that we make public the stages of meeting the conditions, we can do it like how we announce the number of election promises we have fulfilled out of the 68 promises, during the legislative assembly sitting.
He said the state could use the same method to report the conditions already met for the project during each legislative assembly sitting.
“We will do this so that we can all monitor the progress of the project and our compliance of the 72 conditions, as well as the 18 recommendations imposed by the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC), ” he said.
The PSR near Teluk Kumbar is a massive plan to reclaim three islands measuring 1,800ha.
It is expected to generate RM70bil, of which RM46bil will be used to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan.
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