THE Penang government is confident that the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) could obtain the city council status very soon.
State Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state executive council approved the application and it was sent to the Housing and Local Government Ministry in Putrajaya on Dec 31 last year.
“I was informed that the papers have been tabled in the Cabinet last week. I am confident with the outcome as we have complied with the criteria.
“MPSP administrates three districts – the north, central and south Seberang Perai – encompasses 747sq km. About 946,200 residents reside in Seberang Perai.
“Seberang Perai also has 3,486 hectares of industrial areas in total, besides having the largest container port in the northern region. The North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) becomes the connecting port between the northern region of Malaysia and southern Thailand,” Jagdeep told a press conference at the MPSP building in Bandar Perda today.
He also read out numerous achievements obtained by MPSP.
Among them was being recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records organising the largest golden penda tree planting event. A total of 5,110 trees were planted.
MPSP was also the first organisation to develop an upcycle park, located in Bandar Perda.
Also present were Datuk Rozali Mohamud and council secretary Rosnani Mahmod.
Story by Christopher Tan
Pix by Chan Kok Kuan