Reclamation work is currently taking place off Gurney Drive on the north coast. The state government has said it intends to create three new islands off the south coast. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Penang PKR leader has warned the DAP-led state government that it could lose power at the next elections if the party continues pushing for the Penang South Reclamation project.

Mah Kong Lip, communications director of Bukit Bendera PKR, said DAP had previously rallied strongly against land reclamations and deforestation.

But now, the party was doing the exact opposite.

“I believe that the majority of Penangites are an environment-loving lot and they will not hesitate to show DAP the door if they (DAP) are still too stubborn to listen to the people,” Mah said in a statement, as a rift between the two Pakatan Harapan parties widened over the contentious project.

He said the future of Penang lay in the hands of voters and if the DAP government had become too complacent, “then it is time for other parties to be given a chance to lead Penang.”

Mah’s statement comes days after PKR’s Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar called on Putrajaya and Penang to cancel the project, which involves creating three man-made islands off Penang island’s south coast, and focus instead on containing the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things.

Nurul Izzah had said that she and party colleagues had initially supported the project but she started to be more apprehensive when the Penang Transport Master Plan was changed to include a mega highway, LRT, monorail, Skycab and involved land reclamation.

This led to Penang state executive councilor Zairil Khir Johari of the DAP saying the project was needed now more than ever as it would be a catalyst for the state’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

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PKR and DAP are both partners in the Pakatan Harapan state government. DAP has 8 seats on the state executive council and PKR holds 3, including Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman as Deputy Chief Minister I.

In the 33-member state assembly, DAP holds 19 seats, PKR 12 and Amanah 2. The opposition comprises Perikatan Nasional (5) and Barisan Nasional (2).



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