Look what was featured on Astro Awani tonight. You decide which side sounds more convincing.
This is only a snapshot of what’s wrong with the mega-reclamation off the southern coast of Penang Island.
You can see that the state government’s public relations strategy is to bang on job creation, by arguing that additional land from reclamation would entice foreign investors, thus creating more jobs in industry for the people.
But reclaimed land will be much more expensive than existing industrial land elsewhere in the peninsula such as in Kulim, or even in mainland Penang. So why should investors opt for pricier reclaimed land off Penang Island?
What the state government cannot run away from is that the original purpose of the reclamation was to raise funds for the bloated so-called PTMP. But transport infrastructure was just a pretext, as we long suspected, and now seems to have been dropped from the discourse. The focus now is on “job creation”, the new public relations strategy, in the hope that it will be enough to hoodwink the Penang public.