Penang reclamation concessions under review

Penang reclamation concessions under review

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 13: The Penang government is in the midst of reviewing reclamation concessions in a bid to make the details public if possible.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the review was needed as concessions signed by the previous government contained confidentially clauses.

He said the state legal advisor was in the midst of the review process to see whether the documents can be declassified.

“She (legal advisor) wants to study whether we can get around the confidentiality clauses,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Lim also chided the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) state government for inserting such clauses into the agreements.

“We want to see how we can get around it, worse come to the worse, we only reveal ours,” he said pointing out his
government only allowed 24ha of reclamation since 2008.

The Penang government is under fire by sections of civil society and political opponents over reclamation issues and hill developments.

The issue came to the fore following the proposal to reclaim a 930ha plot and a 445ha plot off the Permatang Damar Laut Coast to pay for the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

In a separate function earlier, Lim said a meeting will be held this week between NGO Penang Forum with him and Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow on hill-slope developments.

He stressed his administration had never approved any development above the 76m limit and any such projects were approved by the previous state government.

“We have to adhere and comply with what was approved in the past,” he said in response to a public dialogue on Saturday where NGOs took the state to task on the matter.

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