The late renowned architect Hugh Jacobsen once said, “When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.”
The future of Penang will be built by the hopes, aspirations and pride of Penangites. In pursuing this, the Penang State Government has launched the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) as a long-term strategy to develop an integrated state-wide transport infrastructure for the benefits of the people.
The various components in PTMP that consist of urban rail, bus rapid transit, tram, water taxi, and strategic road networks are planned to achieve 40% public transport usage, alleviating present and future traffic congestion.
While developing transport infrastructure, the PTMP and Penang South Islands (PSI) are also creating thousands of job opportunities, providing capital injection, and stimulating the supply chain in the region. These are vital in ensuring Penang’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and prepare for the challenges ahead.
This is why we have to push through these projects although our application for financial support from the federal government has not received favourable response. The lack of federal aid is slowing the implementation of PTMP and PSI but the State Government is working closely with our partners to ensure that these projects will continue for Penang’s future. The construction of the Ayer Itam-Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Bypass (Package 2) has already begun in February 2021.
Penang will succeed to become a family-focused, green and smart state that inspires the nation! Let our hopes, aspirations and pride to build Penang’s future be the legacy for the generations to come.
RT. HON. CHOW KON YEOW
Penang Chief Minister