PENANG, June 28 ─ Believing that Penang has been singled out, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has urged the federal government to rescind its decision to put on hold two mega projects in the island.
He said the federal government should restore the two mega projects ─ the RM2 billion monorail and RM1.5 billion Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR).
“I feel that Penang has singled out by the government after the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan which also recorded an increase from its original allocation of RM200 billion to RM230 billion.
“Instead of getting more allocations for Penang, the two mega projects have been put on hold,” he told reporters after opening a new crematorium belonging to Hock Teck Cheng Sin temple in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday proposed an increase of RM30 billion to the development allocation ceiling for the mid-term period of the 9MP due to rising costs.
The Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department (EPU), in the Mid-Term Review of the 9MP (2006-2008) on Thursday, said that the two projects which were not people-centred under the original Plan, would be put on hold or deferred to the 10th Malaysia Plan.
Lim said he would raise the issue in Parliament on Monday, and wait for feedback before announcing the state government’s plan.
Asked how he planned to solve traffic congestion in the state, Lim said he would leave it to State Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow to announce a solution for the people of Penang.
Earlier, Lim praised the temple association’s spirit of self-reliance in using its own funds to build the new crematorium.
He said the association had used its own initiative (to build the crematorium), without requesting for funds or any assistance from the state government. ─ Bernama