27 September 2023, 17:21

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow conveyed the state's dedication to advancing major infrastructure projects that have been ongoing for the past decade during his participation in the 146th-anniversary dinner of the Penang Master Builders at St Giles The Wembley Hotel.

"While under the leadership of the current state government, we have full confidence in fulfilling our election promises, primarily focused on commencing and successfully completing these significant infrastructure initiatives.

"This effort aims to strengthen the foundation for further development and solidify Penang's position as a pivotal economic hub in Malaysia."

"We firmly believe that Penang continues to be an appealing destination for investments," he added.

According to Chow, the major infrastructure projects include the Penang Light Rail Transit (LRT), the expansion of the Penang International Airport (PIA), and the Penang South Island, which have officially started.

"During the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) Mid-Term Review (MTR) two weeks ago, the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim), who also serves as the Finance Minister, listed six major projects to be implemented.

"The list includes the Penang LRT project and the PIA expansion. We hope that the PIA expansion project can be initiated and completed in another three to four years.

"This is to ensure that the expansion can accommodate the ever-increasing number of passengers at PIA," he mentioned on September 26.

Chow also shared that the Penang South Island is expected to be finished in eight years, with its initial phase, including the Green Tech Park, potentially constructed in the next two to three years.

He expressed hope that an official ceremony could mark the start of the project on the reclaimed land (phase one) by mid-November.

Discussing the Air Itam-Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass (Package Two), which is part of the three-highway and undersea tunnel project, Chow stated that it is anticipated to be completed by mid-2025.

"The Penang Infrastructure Corporation will be working on the Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang paired road (Package One) to avoid waiting for the completion of Package Two.

"This is to help alleviate traffic congestion in some parts of the island," Chow mentioned, adding that the Gurney Drive-Bagan Ajam undersea tunnel project is awaiting approval from the Penang Port Sdn Bhd authorities.

Furthermore, Chow highlighted other projects that require significant attention, including flood mitigation projects, 5G infrastructure projects, and the provision of affordable housing.

"We welcome additional projects from the Federal Government," he added.

During his speech, Chow expressed gratitude to the Penang Master Builders for their steadfast commitment to the development of Penang and Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Penang Master Builders President Goh Teng Woo stressed that the expansion of Penang's industrial sector has brought new opportunities for participants in the construction industry.

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