The state government of Penang needs to be transparent regarding the planned Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) highway, according to Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant).
Chant adviser Yan Lee said there is too much misinformation that needs to be clarified about the project, and many home owners and the elderly worry that the project could negatively affect they daily lives.
For, instance, they are asking if construction vehicles could fall on their houses if an accident occurs.
“This is why we have been fighting for a public consultation on the project so that all these queries can be answered once and for all,” he told the New Straits Times.
“Just remember that more than 90 percent of the people of Penang have given the strongest mandate yet to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow’s administration, and under the New Malaysia, the authorities are answerable to the people.”
Last week, the Chief Minister blasted inaccurate reports regarding the PIL 1 project being disseminated by non-government organisations (NGOs).
Yan said a public consultation with members of society is important, as government officials can explain the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which could be too complicated for ordinary Penangites to understand.
“We really hope that a town hall of sorts can be held by year’s end, before the start of the project proper.”
Notably, the EIA report for the proposed project is being showcased to the public from 11 July to 30 August. The public can see the report at 10 locations, including at the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), the state government’s website and its Department of Environment (DOE). It can also be viewed at the National Library and Putrajaya’s Environment and Natural Resources Ministry.
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