Gerakan: Submit plans if sincere about third bridge

GEORGE TOWN: A Gerakan leader has slammed Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for failing to discuss with Penangites about the building of a third bridge connecting Gurney Drive to Bagan Ajam on the mainland as an alternative to the planned undersea tunnel project.

Penang Gerakan acting chief Oh Tong Keong said the chief minister should submit the appropriate plans to the Federal Government if he was sincere about having a third bridge as an alternative to the undersea tunnel.

“Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has denied receiving such a request or application.

“A government must plan for the people. We hope that the state will come up with a good policy for the people and not just talk and politicise everything,” he told a press conference at the Gerakan headquarters here yesterday.

Oh noted that they would not object to the third link as long as Penang’s inner transportation system was settled first.

“Congestion on the island must be looked into first especially during public holidays and school breaks.”

This comes after reports on May 21 that Lim challenged the Federal Government to grant approval for the state to build a third bridge connecting Gurney Drive to Bagan Ajam as an alternative to the planned undersea tunnel project in his winding-up speech at the state assembly sitting.

Lim had said that the state would consider not collecting any toll for the third bridge if the Federal Government gave its approval for the link.

“The state had no choice but to build an undersea tunnel because it was difficult to obtain approval from the Federal Government to build a bridge.”

Lim had also claimed that the state was obligated to get Federal approval to build bridges between the island and mainland based on an agreement between the two parties when Barisan ruled Penang but the agreement did not include the building of an undersea tunnel.



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