Penang assemblyman puts state gov't in spot over delayed projects


GEORGE TOWN: A Penang lawmaker has questioned the state government over delays in the construction of an undersea tunnel and three highway projects in the state.

Pulau Betong assemblyman Datuk Muhammad Farid Saad noted that the projects have yet to start, despite the state government's earlier assurance that they would commence construction in 2014.

Farid said that the excuses given by the state government over the delays are not reasonable.

“The RM6.3 billion Undersea Tunnel and three pan-island link highway agreements were inked in 2013, and the feasibility studies for the undersea tunnel were expected to be completed in 2014.

“The 12km Jalan Teluk Bahang- Tanjung Bungah highway was supposed to start in 2015, and completed at the end of 2017, while the 4.2km Air Itam-Lebuhraya Lim Chong Eu link was supposed to start in early 2016, and completed in late 2018.

“However, the dates have been postponed repeatedly, and until now, the projects have not taken off,” he said in a statement issued today.