GEORGE TOWN (Feb 28): Penangites want the state government to review the proposed location of light rail transit (LRT) stations under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) for it to be sustainable in the long term.
Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers Penang branch vice chairman Hun Keng Kuan said although the federation supported the PTMP, changes needed to be made, particularly with regard to the locations of the stations.
“The LRT stations need to be strategically located at a highly populated and common public areas to attract commuters.
“We hope the state authority can make the necessary changes to the LRT stations proposed in the project, to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters,” he told reporters after viewing the documents related to the PTMP here yesterday.
Hun said more car parks needed to be built closer to the LRT stations, as they would make it convenient for commuters.
The RM46 billion PTMP is the Penang government’s mega transport project encompassing highways and a rail network, as well as the development of three artificial islands south of Penang.
The International Real Estate Federation Malaysia Penang branch chairman Datuk Khor Siang Gin hoped the federal and state governments would work together on the PTMP for the benefit of people.
He said Penang needed the PTMP as it would help boost the state’s socio-economic infrastructure, bringing in more investors that would provide job opportunities for the locals.
“I believe that despite the costs that we are paying for the PTMP, which included sea reclamation and land acquisition, the project will benefit the people, especially those living within this state in the long run,” he said.
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on Feb 28, 2017.