A petition against the proposed Penang International Convention Centre (PICC) was handed in to the Penang state government on Friday, 15 January.
Engineer Tan Seng Hai handed over the petition to Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, Ng Wei Aik, who received it on behalf of the Chief Minister. Copies were also handed over to the personal assistants of the Secretary and Acting YDP of the Penang Municipal Council, Patahiyah Ismail, and Penang exco member Abdul Malik at their offices.
A total of 347 signatures were collected within 12 days, and Tan expressed satisfaction with the awareness and publicity generated by the petition.
The following are a selection of comments found on the petition here:
“There are more urgent improvements required for Penang.”
– Namasivayam Elangovan
“Please cleanup and improve existing infrastructure”
– Lim Guan Bee
“What percent of the total MPPP budget is the 50mil expense?”
-Chan Siew Ngai
“A project not befitting the Penang Govt and what it stands for.”
– Loh Lim Lin Lee
“The design also lacks sufficient storage space, working and staging areas pre and post-exhibition, the kitchen will be too small to cater for any banquet functions, F&B support will be totally inadequate for a foreseeable large crowd to cater to the exhibitors, no one will come to a convention centre without enough supporting infrastructure and entertainment outlets. Cannot develop convention centres as an isolated event centre.”
– Chuah Lai Long
“The budget should be used to improve transportation system.”
– Chin Yan Ning
“Those carparks in D Piazza Mall are for the mall’s business operation. The mall does not plan the car parks to cater for your convention centre.”
– Michael Chin
“Look at what happen to Pisa, Pesta & Komtar Dome. It is vacant/underutilised most of the time.”
– Lee Chin Ark
“The Penang Times Square project close to Komtar has provision for an International Convention Centre in Phase 3.”
– Jessica Chen
“Conduct an architectural competition for the proposal to find the best solution.”
– Tan Khang Hung
“There is no integrated plan linking public transport, local accomodation etc. Such a project should be public/private partnership and not burden the local authority.”
– Lim Hooi Siang
“The State Govt should work with the Times Square developer on the convention centre project. With the convention centre near Komtar, it will benefit Komtar. That includes Prangin Mall, 1st Avenue, Komtar and Times Square can be a shopping haven like Bukit Bintang and KLCC. Don’t forget about the monorail running through there.”
“The IJM Light Waterfront project already has a proposed convention centre.”
– Khoo Lay Wah
“Why spend money on new convention centres when there are developers who will build them with their own money?”
– Fong Siew Lan
See also this Business Times article: Is Penang lacking in international convention centres?