About 200 fishermen from the Seberang Perai Fishermen’s Association staged a protest this afternoon against a plan for 1,581 acres of land reclamation along a 7km-long Bagan Ajam-Teluk Ayer Tawar coastal stretch in northern Butterworth in mainland Penang. Also present at the protest were representatives from NGOs such as the Malayan Nature Society.
A delegation later handed a memo to the Penang State Assembly member for Teluk Ayer Tawar, Mustafa Kamal Ahmad of PKR, who vowed to defend the rights of the people.
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The reclamation would extend northwards out of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road.
The reclamation consession was awarded to Rayston Consortium (Butterworth) Sdn Bhd, which developed the ring road. But the reclamation was shelved in 1999. It was then resurrected last year, when a memorandum of understanding was signed last year between the Penang state government and Rayston Consortium.
Rayston Consortium would now hand over 223 acres of the reclaimed land to the state government. In the previous agreement, Rayston would give just 32 acres to the state government, 25 acres for low- and low-medium cost housing and 600 acres to Penang port.