Keeping the fishermen in mind, the Penang State Government, with the cooperation of SRS Consortium, set up Pusat Perkhidmatan Nelayan Setempat (PPSN) in Permatang Damar Laut (2016), Gertak Sanggul (2017) and Sungai Batu (2021) to act as a “one-stop” platform to disseminate accurate project information and organise social activities for the community, bringing the people and the government closer.
PPSN’s roles are to:
• Mediate between the state government and the people;
• Identify and help address local fishermen’s issues and needs;
• Coordinate tuition programmes for children sitting for national exams like SPM;
• Coordinate long and short-term technical courses and training for locals;
• Serve as a job registration centre for locals interested in jobs during the reclamation;
• Manage PSR work visits;
• Assist in implementing the Environment Management Plan (EMP);
• Manage the Social Impact Management Plan’s (SIMP) implementation;
• Manage local fishermen’s complaints and feedback through the PANTAS complaint management system
• Provide free space for fellowship and communion for sharing common interests
As immediate neighbours of the Penang South Islands (PSI), south Penang Island fishermen will begin receiving benefits during the reclamation process. When the islands are developed, they will also enjoy economic spill over from the project – opportunities that will transform their lives and that of their children and grandchildren.
From the onset, licensed fishermen from south Penang Island will benefit from the Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) that uplifts the community, and the implementation of the ecology offset programme that creates new habitats for marine life.
The SIMP, with a RM100 million state government allocation, provides the fishermen ex-gratia payments when the reclamation begins, and modern jetties with facilities, along with a dedicated navigation channel that enables 24-hour access to the sea.
Licensed skippers (tekong) from the Permatang Tepi Laut, Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar and Gertak Sanggul fishermen units each will receive a new boat and engine.
The local fishermen will still be able to continue fishing during and after the reclamation.
The first jetty in Permatang Damar Laut will feature amenities such as storage area, ice-making facilities, stalls, restaurants, tourism facilities and a river promenade that will attract tourists, bringing business opportunities and more income to the local community.
There will be job opportunities generating stable income for the fishermen and other locals, who can provide services like water transportation, jetty construction, delivery and supply of food and other necessities to construction workers, and others.
Some local fishermen have already found new jobs in the PSI project before the reclamation even takes off. With steadier income and social security benefits, they have secured a more stable life for themselves and their families.
To move the community up the value chain, the SIMP also provides training, upskilling and empowerment programmes for fishermen and their children, who are interested to broaden their horizons and take up Penang South Islands-related jobs. Examples of such programmes are boat piloting, boat making and engine maintenance courses.
Fishermen’s children will also benefit from free tuition classes and other education schemes to improve their academic performance and qualifications. Those who successfully enroll in university or college, and do well in their exams will also receive cash incentives.
Fishermen facing housing difficulties and yet to own homes will be given priority by the State Housing Department in home-ownership schemes.
The implementation of SIMP will be coordinated under the Community Participation Programme known as PELITAKU for short. The programme is managed by the Fishermen Taskforce chaired by Deputy Chief Minister 1 YB Dato Ir Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, and will be implemented by the Penang Infrastructure Corporation, State Economic Planning Unit and Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan (PPSN).
PELITAKU involves the Penang Government, local community, fishermen, related agencies, non-governmental organisations, higher education institutions and others to implement the SIMP and the ecology offset master plan in compliance with ESG (environment, social and governance) principles.
PELITAKU’s four pillars are:
• Pillar 1: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Environment Programmes
• Pillar 2: Education, Training and Upskilling Programmes
• Pillar 3: Job Opportunities
• Pillar 4: Business Opportunities
Through PELITAKU, the Penang Government encourages the south Penang Island community, the private and public sectors to take part and take advantage of opportunities created in the Penang South Islands development.
With the PSI development spurring business activities and economic growth in south Penang Island for the decades to come, the Penang State Government has set up Koperasi Komuniti Pulau Pinang Selatan Berhad (KKPPSB) with a RM5 million start-up capital to ensure locals enjoy the prosperity generated by the project.
Membership is open to south Penang Island fishermen, their family members and other local residents, as well as people who work in the area, such as the local business community. State government and project implementation agency officers involved in delivering the project’s SIMP benefits and running the PELITAKU programmes are also accepted as members.
Local fishermen, who operate in south Penang Island, will be the majority shareholders in the co-operative. Each fisherman, who register as a member with a minimum share of RM100, will by default be given an additional 500 shares. This ensures fishermen members get the most out of the co-operative’s earnings and profits.
To kick start its business activities, KKPPSB will venture into marketing and selling seafood purchased from south Penang Island fishermen, providing water transportation for PSI construction workers, and building and managing fishermen jetties.
Future business ventures will include manufacturing and deploying fish aggregating devices and artificial reefs; managing a petrol station, mini markets, restaurants, kiosk cafes and fish and shrimp hatcheries; providing maintenance and worker transportation services; supplying ice and food; and selling dried seafood. KKPSB will also grow south Penang Island’s agrotourism sector by providing boat services for sport fishing and sightseeing.
Co-operative members will enjoy annual dividends generated from businesses ran by KKPPSB and other perks, such as marketing assistance; job and business opportunities; emergency funds for fishermen who need financial aid to market their catch, repair their boats or engines; and death benefits.
KKPPSB is managed by 12 board members chosen and appointed from among the local fishermen, residents, implementation agency and state government officers.
KKPPSB’s temporary office is at Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan (PPSN) Permatang Damar Laut. Enquiries can be emailed to [email protected].
PPSN Permatang Damar Laut
Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan, Permatang Damar Laut, 11950 Bayan Lepas
PPSN Gertak Sanggul
Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan, Jalan Gertak Sanggul, 11910 Gertak Sanggul
PPSN Sungai Batu
Pesisir Pantai Sungai Batu, bersebelahan Lot 1018, Mukim 11, 11000 Bayan Lepas
8am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays
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