Penang Gerakan lauds supervision of Penang transportation plan

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan lauded the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) decision to supervise and monitor Penang Transportation Master Plan (PTMP) for any wrongdoing. 
State Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong hoped that the supervision of the PTMP would also cover all land reclamation related to the ambitious RM27 billion project. 
“We agree with the opinion expressed by MACC Penang branch director Datuk M. Samarajoo that a mega infrastructural project such as PTMP needed some forms of supervision by an anti-corruption organisation to ensure that the project will be carried out in accordance with the standing administrative procedures. 
“We believe this is a good and wise move by the commission for the project, which will commence next year,” he said in a statement issued here today. 
The PMTP project, was proposed by the state government as a solution to the state’s burgeoning traffic problems. 
The project, which is expected to include Light Rail Transit, Mass Rapid Transit, Tram and an undersea tunnel,  will be funded by some 1.5ha land reclamation at the southwest of the island. 
The project is expected to be completed in 2030. Meanwhile, Oh appealed to the MACC to oversee and supervise the land reclamation projects to be carried out by the state government because the profits of these mega reclamation projects would be used to fund the construction of the PTMP project. 
“This is to ensure there is no mistake and to prevent any malpractice or irregularity as any uncalled for or undisclosed malpractice will result in huge financial losses to the people of Penang and the state government. “In worst case scenario, it may also derail the PTMP project.” he said. 
Oh also hoped that the state government would accept MACC’s proposed supervisory measures in order to be transparent enough to be allowed to be monitored against any malpractice or irregularity.




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