A temporary reprieve (see below).
It is time to step up the pressure against the federal Transport Ministry, the federally controlled Penang Port Commission, and the privatised Penang Port Sdn Bhd, which is linked to Sea Terminal under Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
We are not just demanding that the ferries not be reduced from 1 January. We want MORE ferries. If not, hand over the ferry service to the Penang state government.
This report from theSun:
New ferry schedule postponed
Posted on 31 December 2015 – 08:54am
GEORGE TOWN: In an unexpected turn of events, the Penang Port Commission (SPPP) has requested Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) to postpone the new ferry schedule route between the island and mainland Penang.
In a statement released to the media late yesterday evening, PPSB Senior General Manager (Corporate Service Division) Rosihan Adi Baharuddin said the decision was made in a meeting at 2.30pm on Wednesday.
The postponement is expected to last at least until the next SPPP board meeting scheduled for January.
On Dec 3, PPSB announced that it will reduce the number of ferries operating between the island and mainland from the current four to three starting Jan 1 next year.
It also announced a reduction in operating hours for the ferry services.