The Penang government should perish the thought of spending a further RM5.5-6.75m on a new car-park to replace the RM4.3m ‘Kancil car park’.
A committee reportedly found the architect and consultant to be responsible for the poor design of the car park – can we have their names? – but where was the building plan and who approved it?
In the first place, the area for the car park is small, and if the ground floor is allocated for buses, then the ramp to the upper floor is going to be steep.
But why are thinking of more multi-storey car-parks? What happens when the car-park is unable to cope with higher traffic volume? More car-parks? More construction jobs? We love all these concrete structures, don’t we?
That would be at least RM10m blown on a silly car-park – equivalent to 5 per cent of the MPPP’s annual budget, even if it is coming out of state funds.
Those millions of ringgit would be better spent on improving public transport access to the Penang Hill railway station. Think of shuttle buses, for instance.
Why is the state government so reluctant to consider public transport options and to move in that direction?