Press Statement by Lim Guan Eng in Penang on
Friday, 19th December 2008:
Penang Hill train resumes service
Today marked to recommencement of the Penang
Hill funicular train graced by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan
Lim Guan Eng.
Service of the Funicular train on the upper stretch of Penang Hill was
stopped since 25 June 2008 due to protrusion of various wires from the
cable. Protrusion of Wires was seen since 2008 and minor repair were
carried out by it was on 25 June 2006 that the cable supplier had
advised total stop to the service and replacement of a new cable is
necessary when more and more wire protruded.
The State Government has to find their own resources to replace the
cable as the Federal Government was not funding the cost of this repair
on the basis that upgrading work of RM40million has been approved. The
State Government had hoped that the upgrading work by the Federal
Government can be done quickly but when there was no indication of any
progress, the state government had no choice but to repair at its own
The absence of funding from the Federal Government and the various
bureaucratic protocols impeded the earlier commencement of the train
service. Turnkey quotation of RM1.463 million, RM1.32 million and
RM920,000 were received for evaluation which would require 6 month to
However, through consultation with and assistance from the
representatives of Penang Hill residents, NGOs, Volunteers and
professionals, the State Government reviewed carefully the replacement
proposal and awarded the contract to a local contractor at a quotation
of less than RM700,000. What’s mere, the work was done in 2 months
instead of 6 months as quoted by the previous 3 contractors.
This resulted in a huge savings of RM760,000 from the 1st quotation
received by the State Government as well as time.
The replacement cable was purchase from Singapore but the wire was made
in Germany and passed the SIRIM Test.
Penang Hill and its funicular train has always been the pride of the
Pearl of the Orient – i.e. Penang and are well known throughout the
world. The commencement of the funicular train would bring back the good
old days of Penang Hill and allow tourist to enjoy not only the scenic
beauty of Penang Hill but also appreciate the reason why the entire
island of Penang is called the “Pearl of the Orient.”
Lim Guan Eng, DAP
Secretary-General & Penang Chief Minister