Penang Banks On Federal Funds To Upgrade Airport

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GEORGE TOWN – The DAP-led Penang government will depend on federal government funds to upgrade the Penang International Airport and to solve the problem of floods there, the state assembly was told today.

State Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said an application for funds to expand the airport had been sent to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department through the Transport Ministry under Rolling Plan 2 of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

“The EPU is considering the application which proposes acquisition of 50 hectares of land, expansion of the terminal building to cater to 11.5 million passengers a year, expansion of the parking apron for aircraft and upgrading of infrastructure and facilities,” he said when winding up debate on the 2017 State Budget.

State Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid had interjected and asked the state government to take proactive measures to upgrade the airport and resolve the issue of flash floods there as they tarnished the state’s image.

Lim also said that the Penang ferry service was no longer under the Penang Port Commission as it had been privatised to a licensed operator, Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB).

“PPSB is looking into the possibility of introducing catamarans to improve the ferry service,” he added.

He also said that the state government was prepared to take over the ferry service provided that the management was free of debt and control by any agency. – BERNAMA