Recently, the Penang government claimed that 97% of 16,000 respondents to a survey on the proposed elevated light rail (LRT) in Penang supported the project.
The questions were skewed in such a manner as to elicit favourable answers ie to support the project.
The questionnaire did not provide important information for people to make meaningful decisions such as the bloated cost of the LRT (more than RM10bn) and the better, cheaper, faster alternatives and systems available.
Reproduced below are the Penang state government’s three questions on the LRT:
Question 1: Do you support the PTMP as a means of reducing traffic congestion in Penang Island?
Question 2: The priority public transport to be built under PTMP is the Bayan Lepas LRT. Will you be using it upon completion?
Question 3 – Do you support/agree that Penangites should look at public transport as a greener and cheaper way of getting around?
And now, here are Penang Forum’s alternative questions. We would like to do a survey of how people would respond. Please help us by answering the three questions below: