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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Status quo on mega projects in Penang

PENANG: The situation with Penang's mega projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) remains unchanged for now.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this after meeting Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop on Monday to get a clearer picture on the status of the projects in the state, which had been included under the 9MP.

“The situation is the same for now,” he said.

On Saturday, Nor Mohamed said the mega projects under 9MP, which included the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) and the monorail, have not reached “approval stage.”

He said the government couldn’t give a commitment on the two projects as they had yet to reach the level where approval was being considered.

However, Lim, in a reaction to the issue, said it was a question of ethics and moral.

“Before the general election, the Federal and previous state government had made commitments that the mega projects had been passed and will be implemented. But their commitments changed after the people’s decision on March 8,” he said.

Lim said if the Federal Government did not intend to live up to its commitment, “it would be making a rash action as the mega projects also involved international parties.”

By The Star

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