Friday, June 20, 2014

Penang want's to build it's on LRT system

What has everyone been talking about during CNY, Christmas, Hari Raya, Agong's Birthday and all those Public Holidays (PH)?
Yes, thats right...

The state of the traffic in Penang!

This is especially true if we had just came back from Kuala Lumpur (KL) or even the much organized Singapore!

I can just imagine the numerous tweets on tweeter or even the status updates on facebook of:
  1. "Oh, Why can't Penang have its own monorail to link all shopping malls together?"
  2. "Mana boleh pergi? semua Jam, jam, jam!!"
  3.  "Public transport is just so bad in Malaysia!" (People tend to generalize even though the condition is bad in Penang and most major cities, but they think the WHOLE Malaysia is bad - well, I have to agree to a certain extend too 
  4. "We need better public transport!"
  5. "There comes another smiling but cut-throat taxi again" (Not all taxi's are "cut throat", but mostly tend to take advantage of the holiday season to gain a quick buck)
Well...amongst all the buzzing around on this matter, our chief minster Lim Guang Eng has voiced up.

Actually, I must personally admit that I didnt know much about the matter. In fact I was wondering myself why in the world is Penang not moving towards building an organized LRT system in Penang..was it because of the UNESCO branding? Was it because we have certain rules to comply? Or was it since the new ruling government of Penang took over (DAP took over from BN) that it was so weak in it's finance that we just couldn't think of building a LRT system structure just yet?

Well, this piece of article certain clears up allot of questions:

 Let us build LRT if you won’t, Penang tells Putrajaya
June 17, 2014

— Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, June 17 —
Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said the Penang administration only needed a permit to operate its own transportation system before it could proceed with the construction of a light rail transit (LRT) system.

Penang today offered to construct the light rail transit (LRT) long promised by Putrajaya if the federal government is not prepared to do so.

In a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Penang administration only needed a permit to operate its own transportation system before it could proceed.

“If the federal government is not ready to implement the promised LRT or monorail project in Penang, the state government is prepared to take over by implementing an integrated public transportation system here even though we are short of funding,” he said in his letter to Najib dated May 28.

Lim explained the permit was necessary to empower the state to appoint a tram system operator to immediately implement the mode of transport.

The Bagan MP told Najib that the state administration is also willing to cooperate and discuss with the federal government, specifically the Transport Ministry, to come up with an alternative public transport system for Penang.

He voiced his readiness to meet with Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on the issue of allowing Penang to have licence for a public transportation system in the state.

Putrajaya first promised to build a monorail system in Penang in 2007, months before the 2008 general election.

In late 2012, Najib made a pledge to build a monorail system in Penang as part of Barisan Nasional’s 2013 general election promises.

In conclusion, yes...the current ruling government is indeed weak in its finance, but sees the vital importance of improving the traffic situation in Penang. All it needs now is the approval from the federal government to go ahead and Penang will find it's way to develop new means of transportation for its citizens.

Hoping and praying for Penang is something we can all do. But that is not really enough too, isn't it? We need more efforts..imagine what if all of us can stand up and do something to help not only us but our generations to come?


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