Penang government denies Penaga mangrove forest set to make way for development

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has refuted a report that a mangrove forest at Penaga on the mainland has been earmarked for development.

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the area was for a aquaculture project instead.

He said the area has been gazetted by the state as an Aquaculture Industrial Zone (AIZ) which will be developed to ensure food security.

He however stressed studies were still being conducted and shot down allegations land clearing activities have already begun.

Land reclamation briefings futile

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state government should drop the idea of holding public briefings on the proposed reclamation project along the Permatang Damar Laut coast in Bayan Lepas.

Instead, state Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong said, the Pakatan Harapan government should first complete an appraisal and evaluation of a detailed environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the controversial mega land reclamation project.

Penang excos approve railway, highway lines for transport master plan

The Penang executive council today gave the green light to Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project delivery partner SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd for the railway and highway schemes that include a rail line from Komtar to the airport and the Pan Island Link.

SRS tabled the plans to the state exco this morning. The railway scheme covers both the island and mainland, with one LRT and two monorail lines on the island, one LRT line across the sea linking both sides of Penang, and a bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

Penang’s looming trouble

Penang is known as the pearl of the orient, often praised as the exemplary state driven by meritocracy rather than nepotism. But it seems like Lim Guan Eng’s honeymoon period is over.

The past few weeks have seen his weaknesses highlighted again and again on various issues. From political relations to disregarding the livelihood of Penangites. People are no longer gushing over Penang’s competent, accountable and transparent (CAT) administration under Lim Guan Eng.

Drop in revenue from timber products this year – Minister

The revenue from export of timber products between January and October this year dropped by 9.3 per cent to RM5.45 billion, from RM6.01 billion in the same period last year.

Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this was due to depreciation of main export products such as logs, plywood and weak demand from main markets such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China.