With reference to the article headlined “Penang gets nod to develop islands” which appeared in The Star today (4 July 2019), the Penang State Government is still awaiting official notification that the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme has obtained the EIA approval.
As of to date, the approval has yet to be received by the State Government in a formal manner.
The State Government has been working diligently with various parties to obtain the necessary approval in compliance with the process and the approval, once obtained, will give the stimulus to get on with the job.
With regards to the news in The Star, the State Government would like to make it clear that there are factual errors and reckless assumptions being made in it and irresponsibly misrepresented to the public. Since the information is not from an authorised source, the State Government shall not bear any responsibility for the misinformation contained in the article.
Once the official letter of approval reaches us, the conditions of the approval will be made known to the public accordingly as any responsible government which believes in transparency would do.
When the EIA approval is obtained for the PSR, a detailed design will then be worked on before tenders are called in the first half of 2020.
The information contained in the newspaper report is incorrect as the details are being worked out and will be shared with the media and stakeholders when they are ready.