Mahathir’s help sought to cancel Penang reclamation

(Bernama) – Forty-five organisations in Penang plan to send a joint memorandum to request the intervention of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to cancel the proposed Penang South Reclamation project.

Penang Malay Association president (Pemenang) Mohd Yussof Latif, speaking on behalf of the 45 NGOs, said the memorandum would be prepared after discussions with the organisations involved. Copies will be handed over to Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“Dr Mahathir’s intervention is necessary as the state government does not want to hear the people’s grouses and wants to continue with the project despite receiving protests from various parties.

“We are confident that Dr Mahathir will give serious attention to this memorandum because he is very concerned about the people’s problems,” he told a press conference, here today.

Beside Pemenang, among the other NGOs involved are the Consumers Association of Penang, 4B Youth Alumni, the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association and Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce.

The Penang South Reclamation project involves the reclamation of land off the south coast and the creation of three islands. The state government says the reclamation is needed to finance the RM49 billion Penang Transport Master Plan to solve traffic congestion.