LRT ‘approval’? Transport minister owes Penangites an explanation

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It was only earlier this month that the transport minister had said that the proposed elevated LRT might not be the best option for Penang.

“… our (Spad) studies showed that LRT is not the best option for Penang. Maybe the tram or other modes of transportation,” he said on 6 September. “I have asked the top management of Spad to brief the Chief Minister. A meeting will take place soon.”

But at that meeting, the Penang state government was adamant that it wanted to go ahead with the RM8.5bn elevated LRT system – and the Ministry of Transport then “approved” the plan.

How did the Minister of Transport capitulate so easily? Does he now realise that the main thrust of the SRS contractor-developers’ proposal is massive land reclamation for property development in southern Penang – and expensive transport infrastructure projects are needed to justify that 4,500-acre land reclamation?

The ministry’s embarrassing apparent turnaround has come at a time when more and more cities are moving towards street-level trams (the latest being Sydney). Meanwhile, an automated rail-rapid transit (ART) system on virtual tracks has been tested in China. This will cost a fraction of an elevated LRT system and take much less time to construct. And, unlike an elevated LET system, it won’t be an eyesore.

As Spad’s own studies have showed, an LRT line is not the best option for Penang. From what I hear, Spad is more in favour of bus rapid transit and trams (which the Hacrow consultants proposed would be largely elevated or segregated except in the heritage zone).

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Now check out these trackless trams or ART as they are known in China.

So why do we want to blow so much money on an elevated LRT line?

The transport minister should explain:

  • why his ministry has now ‘approved”” elevated LRT for Penang.
  • how SRS Consortium can justify its projected 42 million annual ridership figure.
  • who will pay for elevated LRT operational losses that are likely to be incurred in the future.
  • why he is willing to ignore Spad’s own studies and Halcrow’s recommendation for bus rapid transit and trams.
  • if he has considered modern trams and trackless or virtual track trams.
  • why the ‘approval’ was announced by the state government rather than the Ministry of Transport.
  • if he is aware that elevated LRT pillars would eat up a lane of road space.

Review the exorbitant RM46bn SRS proposal!

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Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

The proposed LRT route does not pass through populated area, unlikely to attract ridership.

shriek
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shriek

If pass through populated areas, anil and pf will show how elevated lrt and shop houses are not compatible. In both cases pg forum will win

Hanson
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Hanson

Today we celebrate Mid Autumn Festival, but beware of the Dark Side of The Moon lurking behind to cause racial and religious instability.

Carmen
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Carmen

14 year old can get married, divorce by 20 with at least 3 kids waiting welfare help according to green moon.

Johan Khun Pana
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Johan Khun Pana

Spot on there.
Isn’t it great living in Malaysia?
Can apply for Federal Social Welfare, State Welfare, BR1M and their Islamic Welfare. And NGOs too are ‘willing” to help those living off the welfare system
Adds all the welfares together and it all exceeds our National Minimum Wage.
Amazing. No wonder so many are unwilling to work.

Aaron Kong
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Aaron Kong

Entitlement mentality.

Yu Leng
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Trams are great. Was in Frankfurt and primarily used that in the city.

shriek
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shriek

Fun as a tourist in a tram. Why no comment on hong land tram? Asia teams no good?

Carmen
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Carmen

Need to lay tracks for tram.
Use Bas Mini simpler and faster.

Shriek
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Shriek

As tourist tram is great. Why go so far just to try the tram. Why no one comment on hong land tram much nearer and cheaper. Can orso drop in north point and see hokkien kinsmen. Less than rm1 per ride end to end. You orso can try light rail, similar to trams in yuen long. Yuen long can orso eat wife’s biscuits.

tunglang
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tunglang

The people is the ‘tauke besar’ in new Malaysia https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/people-apos-tauke-besar-apos-070753922.html SRI AMAN: The rakyat is the actual ‘tauke besar’ (top superior) under the new Malaysia concept adopted by the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) Federal Government. Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen said unlike the previous administration, the current government listens to the aspiration of the people in charting the future of the nation as well as the country’s leadership. “This is among the major changes introduced by PH after assuming the administration of the country following our victory in the 14th General Election on May 9.… Read more »

shriek
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shriek

Being ah pek, can act like tai khor or tai loh or tai koh tai. Being senior citizen can get discounts in public transport and didi must give seats to ah pek??

Selvam
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Selvam

Please direct your message to Sim who has forgotten the people of Bayan Baru who voted him hoping to have the library restored at Mayang Mall.

Reality
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Reality

Selvam can contact Sim directly?

tunglang
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tunglang

🙂 🙂 🙂 Gandhi contact Chiang Kai Shek!

tunglang
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tunglang

Selvam of Bayan Baru? Hmmmmm.

Kampong Lad
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Kampong Lad

Wakil rakyat dah jadi maharajah .

謝金財
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Project larger,

Coffee thicker

Sherman
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Sherman

Sim Tze Tzin bigger votes GE14,
Library Bayan Baru disappeared.

He cares more for AP Coconut Community, not Bayan Baru community longing for a library!

Jennifer Mourin
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Vested interests???

King Kong
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King Kong

Penang voters are to blame for not allowing at least one Gerakan or MCA be voted in to make noise for Rakyat.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Gerakan Oh Tong Keong now opposition chief in Penang should be a wiser choice in Bayan Baru. Many residents now regretted voting for Sim Tze Tzin who did nothing to allow PDC to overlook public interest and give way to Jabil/Swaroski to overtake cyber library at Mayang Mall.

Yoges
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Yoges

YB Sim pls hear us we need a library to read newspapers and access internet.

Carmen
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Carmen

YB Sim please understand 100 days honeymoon is long enough. Need to learn from Anthony Lome to implement new plans fast for Bayan Baru as repeatedly requested by its residents. PKR too involved in internal politics after 509, please turun padang to listen to the people who voted for you.

Aaron Kong
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Aaron Kong

Wonder why Penang Forum never rally for the library so desired by Bayan Baru folks, from what I have read so far.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Gerakan now pushing for local election in Penang. Jason Loo can check balance greedy developers on island?
Local election in Bayan Baru can bring voices of public directly to the ears of Sim and Saifuddin, both service centres not able to attend to growing needs of the community.

tunglang
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tunglang

That’s true. But I would still prefer Gerakan as check & balance of arrogant Developer Associated Party.

tunglang
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tunglang

Sim is heading for extinction! We will see.

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Concerned Bayan Baru folks got a psychological boost from tunglang.

shriek
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shriek

You mean ah pek making noise here not enough? Ah pek louder please.

Shriek
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Shriek

Why umno and those mamak don’t make noise like what they did to tokong? They love chow mien more??? But tung lang begin to dislike chow mian more.

tunglang
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tunglang

Instigating in a washing machine?

Swee
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Swee

Maybe dap needs rebranding as Developers Action Party.

tunglang
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tunglang

May be. Have you not heard of getting whatever @ a discount?

tunglang
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tunglang

Money Sense of brick+mortar development: 1) Elevated LRT for Penang will cost more = more money to be churned by developers 2) Modern trams, trackless or virtual track trams & BRT will cost much, much less = less money / profits to be reaped. Money sense of developers has no proper sense for alternative mode of transport solutions for Penangites except for their sleepless dreams of super-profiteering of 3 islands from sea reclamation down south, which is justified for their financing (via controversial swap deals) of this super-expensive PTMP. Should property bubbles burst in the midst of carrying out this… Read more »

Shriek
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Shriek

Why ah pek go and buy apple computer and 4wd? Why not buy clone. or kedua. . Better still support pg lang boon siew kapcai

tunglang
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tunglang

China is now ahead of western nations in developing transport solutions aided by digital tech like this sensor guided ARRT (Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit) – a bus-rail combo without rails!
Soon, this new ARRT development will supersede the ‘old’ + expensive + space consuming LRT, MRT & even the subway. As it is slim, easily dismantled, modified, added-on (coaches) & schedule-managed, it looks more appropriate for Penang’s streets in the near future. Why not make it a trial run (by Rapid?) before we decide it’s feasibility & affordability. It can be dismantled if it does not meet our needs.

Johan Khun Pana
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Johan Khun Pana

This might be a better video for readers who might want to know more about China’s latest Battery Powered Virtual Track Tram . They have a real one that is serving the public.

“World’s first train on virtual tracks” launches passenger services in China

Out of Penang
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Out of Penang

A very good concept. It’ll work well in an advanced law & order society of developed countries with good traffic & rule abiding drivers. Unfortunately Malaysia is no where near there. Try driving in Penang, KL & JB. Probably in two generations from now with good education system this can be achieved. Right now it’s just putting the cart before the horse.
Imagine this system mixing with lesen kopi, lesen terbang drivers, mat rempits, road hoggers, swarms of motorbikers etc. Third world mentality with first world infrastructures don’t mix well.

Z. Aziz
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Z. Aziz

Maybe with a wholesome public transport system in place, there will be more among the population who use it satisfactorily thus do not feel need to acquire car also no need to get illegal license also result in less vehicles on roads meaning more safety also easier for parents to deny requests for motorcycles from their hyper active teenagers meaning less rempit and more good things. No issue about cart before horse. Put in place a wholesome public transport and for sure society productivity will increase drastically.

tunglang
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tunglang

Exactly. My friend who worked & stayed in SingLand since the 1980s doesn’t have a driving license! I wonder how much he saved on no car maintenance, even if he travelled by cab.

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, having a car in singland, make him pokkai. Worst than having a darling or being a sugar daddy. Our wise man LKY, said how can an island with limited land provide spaces for cars. Singland has to reclaim more land. In Hong land, owning a car spce cost more than a condo in peng land.
Your friend saved so much he can buy 2 or 3 condo in peng land. Your friend must be very happy that developers are developing peng land. He can retire happily. Only his counterpart, ah gee and ah Jo.

Aaron Kong
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Aaron Kong

Penang government can impose COE, the people will be afraid to own and drive cars.

shriek
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shriek

How do be wholesome when ah pek and few writers complain waiting for 50 mins for wholesome public transport. How many walk, skate board, roller skate, bicycle, kapcai, bechah to all those seminars on PIH? Those denounce PIH, wants to go home asap or to look for one ton mee, will hurry back by cars!!