The above chart shows clearly how the aborted RM1.0bn 17km Penang Outer Ring Road (Porr) morphed into the RM8.0bn 19.5km Pan Island Link (PIL).
The irony back in around 2002 was that the then opposition in Penang, which is now leading the Penang state government, joined residents groups in leading a spirited campaign against Porr. The successful campaign led to Porr being aborted.
But Porr, which was to be financed by 500 acres of land reclamation, has now morphed into PIL, which is backed by the state government.
Back then, the opposition correctly pointed out that building a new highway “will not be a long-term solution to the traffic congestion on the island”. It also called for “a total review” of the project “to ensure that it serves the interest of Penangites and not the politically well-connected company which stands to make RM5bn from the project”.
Check out the full context of the remarks in 2002.
Compare and contrast the alignment and the different political positions in 2002 and 2018. Deja vu.
Meanwhile, signatures for the online petition against the highway have surpassed the 5,000 mark. Do sign on to indicate your concern.