GEORGE TOWN, 30 April (Bernama) -- Penang needs the federal government''s
support to implement its core and long term strategy approach in achieving its
objective of becoming an internationally renowned state.
Penang Yang Dipertua Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas said the two visions covered by
the long term strategy up to 2030 were handling traffic congestion and upgrading
the public transport system.
"The estimated cost for implementing these visions are RM13.5 billion and
they need the support of the federal government," he said during the opening
speech at the state assembly here today.
Also present were his wife Toh Puan Majimor Shariff, and chief minister Lim
Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng.
Abdul Rahman said the state proposed to build four highways between RM5 and
RM8 billion on a privatised basis.
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The proposed highways are an underwater tunnel connecting Gurney Drive and
Bagan Ajam, a tunnel from Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu highway to Bandar Air Itam, the
George Town Inner Ring and Tanjung Bunga to Teluk Bahang dual carriage projects.
The past two years saw an increase in flights to the state via the Penang
International Airport, he noted.
"There will be a foreign tourist boom in the state following the increase in
flights by the airlines," he said.
He further remarked that the federal government''s support was evidenced by
the enhancement of human resource skills and the creation of an excellent
education hub, particularly in Balik Pulau.
"The development of education is of utmost importance to produce trained
human resource in order to compete at an international level," he added.
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