Penang news

Airport to see growth in passenger traffic

Penang International Airport is expecting to see passenger traffic grow by four to five per cent in 2012, due to strong tourism interest domestically and abroad. The first nine months of the year saw a five per cent growth, or 3.5 million passengers, up from last year’s 3.3 million. This is in spite of ongoing renovation and upgrading works at the airport and the current state of the world economy. Upon the completion of the airport upgrading works, Malaysia Airports general manager Datuk Azmi Murad expects passenger traffic to grow even further.

The RM250mil upgrading works is expected to be completed in November.



Second Penang Bridge ahead of schedule

The highly anticipated second Penang Bridge is 84% completed as of October, two months ahead of schedule. Hamizol Ngah, general manager of Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd, said that his company is currently aiming to complete 90% of the bridge by the end of the year. The federal government is also planning to invest RM262mil to upgrade Penang’s coastal highway to accommodate the expected influx of new vehicles once the bridge is finished. The bridge, which will be the longest bridge in South-East Asia, is scheduled for completion in September 2013.

Penang Port to increase revenue from non-containerised cargo

Penang Port is planning to increase revenue from its non-containerised cargo segment, noting that the segment has improved from 7.59 million tonnes last year from January to September, to eight million this year in the same period. The port says that contribution from this segment should increase from 30% last year to 35% in 2012. Penang Port operating officer Obaid Mansor added that the port has made an after tax profit of RM15.6mil in 2011, and that the federal government has yet to approve its new port tariffs.

Delay in AES

The state government will not implement the new Automated Enforcement System until more study is done. The system uses advanced camera technology to detect traffic offenders who exceed the speed limit or run red lights. The MPPP has reportedly rejected using the AES, while the MPSP is still waiting for an official application from the Road Transport Department (JPJ). “Until now, we haven’t received any application from the JPJ,” said MPSP head Maimunah Mohd Sharif. “So we haven’t made any decision yet.”

Penang sees drop in crime

Police report that crime has dropped by 18.5%, or 1,357 cases between January and September compared to the same period in 2011, making Penang the state with the lowest crime rate in the country. Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director Datuk Haris Wong Abdullah hailed the strong cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the community.

Coastal bicycle lane for Penang

Penang The MPPP is planning to build a bicycle lane along the coast of Penang Island after widespread demand from cycling enthusiasts. The 12.5km route, costing RM30mil, will be built on state-owned land, and funding will come from the MPPP, as well as private developers as part of their CSR programme, namely IJM Land, Tropicana Ivory, GSD Land, CP Landmark and Asia Green Group. The plan can viewed at www.mppp.gov.my. The public has until November 15 to give their feedback.



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