PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says the reclamation of the three islands would have a huge impact on environmental sustainability and the livelihood of fishermen. (Fb pic)
GEORGE TOWN: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim stated he raised the problem of fishermen protesting towards the three-islands reclamation undertaking in Penang throughout a gathering with the prime minister as we speak.
Taking to Fb, Anwar stated the reclamation of the three islands would have a huge impact on environmental sustainability and the livelihood of the fishermen.
He stated he had additionally handed the message to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to satisfy these affected by the reclamation undertaking.
Anwar stated in addition to the reclamation undertaking, he raised a “few issues” involving low and middle-level contractors. He didn’t elaborate additional.
The Penang authorities plans to reclaim three islands within the waters off its southern coast to finance its RM46 billion Penang Transport Grasp Plan, which is able to see roads and LRT being constructed.
Fishermen have raised considerations over the lack of fishing grounds the place the islands can be reclaimed. These affected protested exterior the Parliament yesterday, calling for the undertaking to be cancelled.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow stated the wellbeing of the fishermen can be taken care of and the state authorities is actively engaged with the fishermen’s group, forming a particular activity drive to speak about compensation.
The proposed three reclaimed islands, formally generally known as Penang South Reclamation, cowl almost 17 sq km, with islands of 9.three, four.45 and three.23 sq km to be reclaimed off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut, close to Bayan Lepas.
The reclaimed land will belong to the Penang authorities however can be auctioned off to the best bidder to finance the RM46 billion Penang Transport Grasp Plan (PTMP).
The PTMP will see a sequence of highways, mild rail transit strains and different modes of transport constructed over the following 20 to 30 years.
The PTMP can be carried out by SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd, a three way partnership between Gamuda Bhd and Penang actual property growth corporations Loh Phoy Yen Holdings Sdn Bhd and Ideally suited Property Improvement Sdn Bhd.
In an occasion in Kuala Lumpur later as we speak, Anwar talked about the undertaking affecting fishermen as soon as extra.
“We should always think about if that is economically viable. That is being led, to a big extent, by the non-public sector.
“You should not permit for the sensation of neglect or marginalisation of some phase of the inhabitants, just like the fishing villages.
“How will we cope with it? We’d like companies and political leaders to proceed to interact,” he stated at Sogo’s 25th Charity and Enterprise Companions’ Appreciation Nite 2019 at Shangri-La resort Kuala Lumpur.
He stated this was not one thing leaders might simply settle by giving compensation.
“You’re speaking about your complete livelihood and future of those individuals,” he stated.