People need low-cost ferry service, Gerakan Press statement by Penang Gerakan assistant secretary Goh Kheng Sneah

Gerakan hopes that the people can continue to enjoy low-cost ferry service, irrespective of whether it is run by the federal or state government.

Penang Gerakan assistant secretary Goh Kheng Sneah said the ferry service was an important link between the island and mainland and the government must ensure that the service would continue.

“It is very important that the people must continue to enjoy cheap and safer public water transport service,” he said in a statement, when commenting on a proposal by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that the state government had asked the Penang Municipal Council to take over the operations of the loss-making ferry service.

According to the Penang Port Commission, the ferry service, which has been in operation for 115 years, suffered a loss of RM20mil last year.

Goh said the ferry service is a Penang icon and also important to the state’s tourism industry. More importantly, it is a cross-move route for the low-income people, especially motorcyclists and pedestrians. 

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