FOREWORD BY RIGHT HONOURABLE LIM GUAN ENG
CHIEF MINISTER of PENANG
The State Government takes issues on road congestion and public transport system in Penang seriously since it was voted into office in 2008. It has embarked on an initiative to conduct a comprehensive study, the Penang Transport Master Plan (TMP) regarding the current state of the transport system and traffic in May 2011.
Penang continues to face major problems – the 3Cs viz. crime, cleanliness and congestion. These problems have compounded due to the influx of investors and tourists to the state. In 2008-2014, Penang recorded an investment of RM48.2 billion compared to only RM24.9 billion in 2001 - 2007. This twofold increase in investment has subsequently contributed to the rise in the number of tourists both local or overseas that choose Penang as a preferred tourist destination.
It was noted that the target of 6.5 million tourists set to be achieved in 2020 by the Penang International Airport (LTAPP) was reached ahead of time - in 2015. This shows that Penang is a popular destination for tourists. As such, the State Government decided to carry out the TMP in tandem with the state motto of "Moving People Not Cars".
Moreover, the Federal Government did not fulfill its promise to build the LRT system despite three appeals made. The TMP with the LRT system proposed under the Federal Government is different from the present plan. The TMP covers the entire island of Penang whereas the former is not focused on the island, but covers areas in the mainland like Butterworth, Seberang Perai, Seberang Jaya, Bukit Mertajam and Batu Kawan.
At a whopping cost of almost RM27 billion, the TMP does not only serve as a catalyst for economic growth but also unites both the people living on the island and mainland.
Penang will implement three (3) mega projects which include the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) together with Project Delivery Partner (PDP), SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd; the construction of the Seabed Tunnel with Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd and the construction of the Sky Cab with MRCB Berhad. The three projects will be carried out based on the principles of CAT i.e. efficiency, accountability and transparency.
The TMP will help facilitate achievement of the state's aim of 40% usage of public transportation by 2030. This will also ensure a sustainable and high quality transportation system that fulfills the needs of the commuters. If the projects are carried out successfully by all parties including the Federal Government and Land Public Transportation Commission (SPAD), Penang will become an icon and exemplary city in the eyes of the world
RT. HON. LIM GUAN ENG