GEORGE TOWN: After a turnaround by PKr’s Nurul Izzah Anwar, several others have also joined in the chorus calling for the scrapping of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.
Kepala Batas MP Reezal Merican Naina Merican today urged the Penang government to cancel the mega project as it did not have the full support of the state’s population.
Reezal, who is also youth and sports minister, said the mega sea reclamation project had elicited various negative reactions and spawned two petitions calling for its cancellation.
“Therefore, as Penang development action council chairman, I will carry these objections and protests urging for the cancellation of the project to the state government soon,” he said in a statement.
He claimed the “Save Penang! Reject the 3 Islands Reclamation!” public petition had gained over 116,000 signatures in support till today, while another petition titled “Save Malaysia’s sea turtles!” which is directly linked to the PSR project had also gained nearly 250,000 signatures.
He said personally, he never agreed with the project which, it has been claimed, would generate the funds needed to pay for transportation projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
Reezal also claimed the objection towards the project was also due to the view that the project was no longer to fund the implementation of PTMP projects but had morphed into a real estate project dominated by private entities.
In addition, he claimed the project would threaten the livelihoods of those who rely on the sea and its bounty and destroy the marine ecosystem and biodiversity and change the flow of the seawater.
Meanwhile, Penang PAS commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said in a separate statement that Penang PAS had always objected to the PSR project by the state government.
He claimed the project had deviated from its original objective, and instead focused on the interests of certain parties and had seemingly neglected environmental sustainability and marine life that was the main source of income for fishermen there.
Two days ago, Nurul Izzah had also raised objections to the projects, which she had supported earlier. She too said that the project had become focused on revenue and the speculative sale of property, sidelining the importance of the environment and a balanced ecosystem.