Monday, April 28, 2008

Penang wants to discuss 9MP projects with Federal Govt - NST


Unsure of the status of projects for the state under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), Penang Chief Minister Lim Guang Eng wants to have further discussions on the projects with the Federal government.

Lim said as of now, he was not sure whether the projects, including the monorail, would proceed or be delayed, so he would need more information on the matter from the federal government.

“That’s why I think it’s better for us to meet face-to-face on the matter rather than finding out about it from media reports which may not be accurate,” he said when asked about the 9MP projects in Penang, after attending the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.

Lim said Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop had informed him today that a local media report yesterday which said the monorail project would be temporarily shelved, was not true.

“I was made to understand by him (Nor Mohamed) that there were two conflicting reports on the matter. Which one should we believe? I like to believe the more positive report,” he added.

Lim stressed that the state government would give its full cooperation and support to whatever projects that could benefit the people in the state.

Meanwhile, he refuted the statement by former Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon that the state government had given the contract for the monorail project to the Melewar Group.

“We have only received a proposal and are looking at it. I think in a week and two weeks’ time we will be briefed by Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (on the proposed project).

“The state government has not made any decision on this. If there is, we will tender out the project. We have not made a decision and then only will issue an open tender as claimed (by Koh),” Lim said

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