Penang can lead again: Just discard the SRS transport proposal and return to the original Halcrow plan, writes Eric Cheah.
When Penang fell to the opposition in 2008, Penangites were ecstatic because we thought real change was coming.
We did see many positive changes. For one thing, the political change in Penang encouraged folks in other states to vote for change – and in the 2018 general election, we embraced the “New Malaysia”.
After the election euphoria subsided, the new state administration settled in and went about expediting its “Penang Transport Master Plan” or PTMP. This grand proposal by SRS Consortium, however, is different from the transport masterplan put forward by the original transport consultants, Halcrow.
The SRS proposal will cost RM46bn, and some believe it could even exceed RM50bn – excluding the cost of the land reclamation to create three artificial islands. We are still being told that this proposal will solve all traffic congestion woes.
But the SRS proposal is extremely unlikely to deliver all that it claims it will. Full article on Aliran website