Penang monorail test track ‘tak jadi’


Was hyped-up talk last year of a monorail test track in Batu Kawan little more than hot air?

Nothing seems to have moved since then – which is probably just as well.  What was all that about then?

Penang monorail test track not materialising just yet
Written by Regina William
Monday, 06 September 2010 11:30

GEORGE TOWN: It is likely plans for the monorail test track which had been slated for construction in Batu Kawan will not materialise anytime soon.

It is learnt the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), which had received a proposal from one company sometime last year for land to construct the test track, has referred the matter to the state government. Sources told The Edge Financial Daily that the project status was currently at a “standstill” as nothing positive had materialised to date. The request for land is expected to be discussed at the next PDC board meeting, before any further action or decision is made on the proposed monorail test track.

The Edge weekly had reported last October that the state had in-principle given the green light to businessman Jeyakumar Varathan, a director of MRails, to build a monorail test track on a 30-acre site in Batu Kawan.

It was also reported that a no-obligation letter was issued to MRails by PDC following negotiations between both parties.  Full article in The Edge.

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Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
15 Sep 2010 10.57am

If these companies cannot even build a 1km test track and one is asking the government to grant them land to build an assembly plant …. You have to wonder if any of these companies even had the capability to design and build the monorails that they promised. Perhaps the State Government should have saved them the trouble back then and said no – but then, what does the Penang Government (or any other state government) really know about transportation and public transport planning? We can only hope that we can put this all behind us and go back to… Read more »

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
8 Sep 2010 8.53am

Is this another land scam ???

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tan, tanjong bungah
8 Sep 2010 12.40pm
Reply to  Gerakan K

Hi everyone, How is it that the SUN reported in today’s papers (see Pg 6) on a legal suit filed by two Malay NGOs and 33 individuals against Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang (YBPP), an UMNO-linked agency, but is silent in other MSM papers? This further confirms the reason(s) why these MSM circulations have been continuously dropping! Selected publishing of news, censoring those that are not so kind to their political masters! Back to the YBPP issue. It has been sued for transferring 3 plots of land in Kepala Batas to a company Bandar Kepala Batas Sdn Bhd (with YBPP having… Read more »