A public dialogue with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be held this Sunday. The event is jointly organised by the Penang state government and Penang Forum.

Tentative programme

TUNNEL AND PROPOSED HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN PENANG
A PUBLIC DIALOGUE WITH THE CM OF PENANG, YAB LIM GUAN ENG 
DATE: SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2013
VENUE: THE TOWN HALL, THE ESPLANADE
TIME: 2PM-5PM

1.30 – REGISTRATION
2.00 -OPENING REMARKS BY THE CHAIRPERSON (IR AHMAD CHIK)
2.10 -THE STATE’S PROPOSAL ON THE 4 HIGHWAY PROJECTS (IR RAJENDRAN)
2.30 -GOING FORWARD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY? (DR LIM MAH HUI)
2.50 -YAB CM LIM GUAN ENG’S VISION
3.10 -QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE FLOOR
4.30 -CLOSING AND TEA

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  1. Well, to all respected Penang people, as long as we r certain,leaders (v chose) that suggested improvement r due to wanting improvement and not wanting commission or corruption, I think we Penang people should not be worry too much of the negatives rather instead looking forward to improvement with open heart.

  2. We need no more tunnel . Instead, have designated lanes for cyclists…and find ways to ease traffic congestion in Pg.

  3. Anil,

    His face appear on a picture on star metro north, he was wearing a coat without tie on the left of the photo. I forgot the date of the news but it was the first press con by bucg zarul to explain things. I believe is 6 march. His business card shows he’s the marketing director. He drives an e-class wvd68.

    Foo Jee hai also team up with baili group of china to turn Wisma Yeap Chor Yee into a super high class boutique hotel with super high class Japan fine dining. They are also planning to acquire a land (with squatter I think) behind skinnic kelawei to build a super condo for china buyers. The baili group boss is andy tham. His Malaysian wife is staying at gurney 11….

  4. If I’m not wrong, the Tunnel Project was mooted quite some time back and I quite remember a Japanese firm has done a survey on the seabed linking Tg Tokong to Bagan Ajam, hence the Butterworth Outer Ring Road was constructed to cater to this project in future. Just imagine if the some of the traffic can be diverted away from Greenlane/Glugor/Bayan Lepas area, then there won’t be so much of congestion concentrated along this stretch. With the completion of the 2nd Penang Bridge, we can expect heavier traffic along this route, then the public will cry that the State Govt. is not efficient in handling the high volume of traffic.

    Penang is an island soon to be connected by 2 overhead bridges. What happen if the bridge toll charges are raised up (just to punish penang eg) then where is an alternative if the undersea tunnel is not available The ferry cannot cater with the hugh traffic in the future. Beside this 3rd link will play an important role is checking the bridge toll rate You cant cut off all your links esp with these people around Please consider carefully.

  5. By what means “justice” could be pursued in this matter as no full agreement between parties involved? Is it injustice if the final result favour the ‘yes’ side & unfavoured the ‘no’ side? Somehow decision have to be made & it may not please everyone. Is it “justice” to accept posts that please your eyes & reject posts that hurt your eyes? Somehow decision have to be made & the result may not please everyone too.

    I believe justice do exist.

  6. I think many people forget about local condition. We have been burdened with easy ownership of cars. Cars are always preferred to any other transportation as it provides a point to point transportation. So long as its easy to buy cars more people will buy car. Then, our weather is hot. People prefer not to walk under hot sun.

    To change you must change the incentives and disincentives to drive. Make cars more expensive. Make cars usage in town more expensive. Make public transportation more reliable. Impose congestion tax. Other developed cities have done that.

    Can’t see how the tunnel solution can solve this. By allowing more cars with easy access, more people want point to point transportation. With the proposed reduction in car prices wouldn’t there be more rather than less car?

    • Change the Kia Su mentality (against thy neighbor Joneses Chan, Joneses Mutu, Joneses Ali) & the battle to change habits will see the light of day.
      Never mind the hot sun excuses & ease of car financing. This first step collective change is inevitable.

      Multi-prong solution is the way to go:
      Trams for heritage innercity George Town (to go inline with UNESCO heritage status & tourism potential),
      Bus rapid transit for connecting satellite towns served with bus interchanges.
      LRT running along coastal lines & the 2 Pg Bridges for connecting to FTZ & mainland,
      Coastal water ferries serving Balik Pulau/Sg Pinang/Batu Ferringhi/Teluk Bahang transits to George Town & mainland,
      Bicycle rentals in innercity George Town for locals & tourists cycling on dedicated lanes.

      Drink more Kopi-O kau kau to get a clearer picture on this muddled issue.

      And an appeal to the Federal Gomen: Listen, listen, listen to fed up Penangites.

      • I like your kopi o kau suggestion.:) in fact your idea is acceptable. But seriously, if you don’t change disincentive for point to point it will not work. If Singapore does not have congestion tax, more people will drive in cbd town centre including yours truly. London too. Many people forget that economic tool is an effective mechanic in changing behavior. The capex solution is insufficient.

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