THE state government will deal with stakeholders impacted by the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) or the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) projects, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
“Our approach is to deal with the stakeholders. Other NGOs can lend their voices. We will take note of that but our discussions and negotiations will be with the stakeholders,” Chow said when asked for his comments on a rally reportedly organised by Gerakan Pembelah Ummah (Ummah) and several NGOs at Permatang Damar Laut on Sunday against the two projects.
“We will follow the due process.”
Chow was then holding a press conference after opening the World Seafood Congress 2019 at Setia SPICE Convention Centre together with Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin today.
It was also reported that several Umno and PAS leaders from Kedah, Perak and Perlis were present at the afternoon rally in an open field.
State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, who was also present at the press conference, said what was important for the taskforce was to tackle issues related to the affected fishermen.
“I need to present to the state government, like the quantum, because this is a state government project. That part is more crucial to us, rather than engaging with these current NGOs that are helping the protesters,” he said.
Story by K.H. Ong
Pix by Chan Kok Kuan
Video by Alissala Thian