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ZULKIFLI ERSAL/THESUN

Najib approves water taxi


system for Penang
by Himanshu Bhatt “Even though Barisan Nasional existing cross-channel ferry service Chandra (in wheelchair) with
newsdesk@thesundaily.com (BN) lost the state in the last general and the Penang Bridge which is oc- Y1M board of trustees (from
election, we still care for Penangites,” casionally jammed during accidents left) Mahani, Ismail, Lee,
GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister said Tan, who is also Penang MCA and peak periods. Ratnam, Idris and Fernandes
Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has Wanita chief. Chris Tan said NCIA was now in at the launch.
approved the plan to set up jetties for A committee, which includes of- the process of commissioning a study,
the operation of regular and chartered ficials from the Economic Planning including feasibility and operational
water taxis on the island and main-
land.
Unit, Transport Ministry, NCIA and
PPC, is being formed to oversee a pre-
details such as pricing levels, expected
passenger mass for the various routes
Yayasan 1Malaysia launched
Najib gave his approval for the
conceptual plan for the sea transport
liminary detailed study of the project,
she said.
and technical issues like flow of wind
and currents of the sea waters around to realise 1Malaysia concept
system in the Northern Corridor Under Phase 1, 10 jetties are pro- Penang.
KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan 1Malay- Chandra also said the foundation
Economic Region (NCER) meeting posed to be located in Teluk Bahang, The federal government has set
sia (Y1M), an independent, non-profit has received contributions from
last week. Tanjong Bungah, Tanjong Tokong, aside an initial allocation of RM50
foundation formed by a group of two companies – SP Setia and Sime
“Penang (island) is surrounded by George Town, Pantai Jerejak (in million for the project under the Ninth
eight prominent Malaysians to help Darby – and it hopes to get more
water and it is time we look into this Bayan Baru) and Batu Maung on the Malaysia Plan, he added.
foster national unity, was launched support from the private sector.
mode of transport rather than just island and Bagan Ajam, Butterworth, The working model for the project
yesterday. Meanwhile, Noorhaina Hirawani
building new roads,” said Penang Pulau Aman and Nibong Tebal on the would likely entail the federal govern-
The foundation aims to develop, Mohd Noor was appointed as the
Port Commission (PPC) chairman mainland. ment funding relevant infrastructure
support and spearhead activities first CEO of the foundation and
Tan Cheng Liang yesterday. The sea transport system would like construction of jetties while pri-
and programmes that will engage will report directly to the board of
“As it is, land is very costly and effectively cut down travel time and vate entrepreneurs would manage the
Malaysians towards national unity trustees comprising Tan Sri Lee Lam
scarce. This project will help enhance link remote places in the state. operations of the water taxi system.
and the 1Malaysia concept. It will Thye, Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmud,
the economic development of Pen- For example, Bagan Ajam villagers He said the project would also give
support government and private Emeritus Prof Datuk KJ Ratnam,
ang,” she told a press conference in who now take some two hours to get tourism a massive boost by giving
sector initiatives in developing these Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim, Datuk Seri
the PPC office here. Also present was to work in a hotel in Batu Ferringhi people faster access to remote places.
programmes. Idris Jala, Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin
Northern Corridor Implementation would take only 30 minutes by water “To ensure it is sustainable, the
“We are very happy to announce and Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.
Authority (NCIA) senior vice-presi- taxi, she said. system must be run as a business,”
that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib “The board of trustees is fully rep-
dent Chris Tan. It would also complement the he said.
Abdul Razak has graciously agreed to resentative of Malaysia across ethnic,
be the patron of Yayasan 1Malaysia. religious, gender and regional spectra.

MPPP seeks details from This is truly an honour and an early


endorsement of this initiative,” said
Y1M board of trustees chairman Dr
Each board member is involved in civil
society and is passionate about his or
her cause,” said Chandra.

MACC on arrest of consultant


Chandra Muzaffar. The foundation’s first move was
According to Chandra, Y1M to set up a website (www.1malaysia.
plans to work with key stakeholder org.my) which would be a platform
groups, in particular non-govern- for fair and rational discussions on
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island senior consultant was involved in. action,” he said. mental organisations, that share issues among the races and a place
Municipal Council (MPPP) president will The senior consultant was arrested Ooi had on July 3 called for a do- their aspirations to develop and pro- for the people to express feelings
meet the Malaysian Anti-Corruption on Wednesday for allegedly demanding mestic inquiry to be carried out on a mote activities that will strengthen and sentiments about the 1Malaysia
Commission (MACC) state director soon RM350,000 from contractors involved MPPP councillor for alleged abused of national unity. concept.
to get details on the arrest of a senior in the RM11 million upgrading works of power over a stop-work order issued
consultant of a government project for the Free Industrial Zone (FIZ) in Bayan against a condominium developer in
alleged graft. Baru. He has since posted bail and was Batu Lanchang. He also complained that
Council president Tan Cheng Chui said released pending further investigations another PKR councillor was slacking in
the council will need to get information
on the case from the MACC.
under Section 16A of the MACC Act.
Tan said the FIZ upgrading works is
his duties.
On the stop-work order issued against
Urumqi
tense
CM to meet ‘High
“This is a very serious case. We will
need to confirm the identity of the per-
a federal government project but the
council is facilitating it.
the Batu Lanchang project, Tan said it
would stay. after
police
Chaparral’
son, although we more or less know who On Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi’s criticisms “The developer Insa Properties Sdn
he is, before we conduct internal discus-
sions on whether the consultant will be
against the conduct of two PKR coun-
cillors, Tan said the council will leave
Bhd, has also submitted an appeal against
the stop-work order and we will table it
shooting villagers tomorrow
able to continue with his work,” he said it to the state government to take the tomorrow for a decision,” he said. pg 8
by Himanshu Bhatt
at a press conference after an Excellent appropriate action. The Central Park project was issued newsdesk@thesundaily.com
Service Award presentation ceremony at “We will only conduct fact finding and a stop-work order last month after the
the Town Hall here yesterday. then submit a report to local government council received complaints that works GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has
Tan said MACC has yet to approach and traffic management committee on the project continued till late every scheduled a meeting with Kampung Buah Pala or “High
the council for details on the project the chairman Chow Kon Yeow for further day. Chaparral” villagers tomorrow but insists no lawyers
should be around to avoid “third party” disturbance.
Lim said the discussions were important for him to
have “heart-to-heart” talks directly with the villagers on
how the state can help them.
Duo charged with “It is not difficult to come forward to just discuss.
There will be no signing of documents,” he said at a press
human trafficking conference in his office here yesterday.
The villagers were scheduled to meet Lim last Thurs-
day in his Komtar office but decided not to enter after
BUTTERWORTH: A lo- less than three years they were told their lawyer Darshan Singh Khaira could
cal man and a Chinese and not more than 20 not accompany them.
national claimed trial in years and a fine, on When asked by reporters what would happen if Dar-
the sessions court here conviction. shan Singh is brought along this time, Lim questioned
yesterday to a charge Deputy public pros- Darshan Singh’s use of his Sikh Punjabi name when he
of human trafficking ecutor Yusaini Amer had converted to Islam.
“Is this Darshan Singh or Dahan Abdullah? … We have
involving a 17-year-old Abdul Karim asked
already stated that we only want to meet villagers,” said
girl. judge Julie Lack Abdul- Lim.
Choong Loke Kiang, lah to deny bail, saying “If Dahan Abdullah or Darshan Singh is not a villager,
49, of Taman Boundry that it was a serious of- I feel he should not be present.”
and Yang Wenna, 23, a fence and might involve He also stressed that lawyer Cecil Rajendra, who
Chinese national, are al- a local syndicate. represented the villagers in their case in the High Court,
leged to have committed However, Julie set would also not be invited.
THESUN

the offence with a few bail at RM50,000 with Meanwhile, Sri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer
others still at large in a one surety for Choong said he would distribute 20,000 CDs containing video
room in Pearl View Hotel, and ordered that his footage of a speech and signing ceremony involving
MASRY CHE ANI/

Jalan Baru, here, between passport be surrendered developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd and new
1pm and 8pm on June 26. to the court while Yang landowner Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Pulau Pinang
The charge, under sec- was denied bail because over the development of Kampung Buah Pala.
He said the copies would show that the party be-
tion 14 of the Anti-Traffick- she is a foreigner.
hind the current plight of the villagers, who have been
ing In Persons Act 2007, She fixed July 28 for given an eviction deadline of Aug 2, was the previous
carries a jail term of not mention. – Bernama state government.
“The present government wants to sincerely help
Choong (left) and Yang are escorted out of the court by police personnel after they claimed trial to the charge. the villagers,” he said.