With little support coming from the federal government, Penang has the unenviable task of figuring out how to finance an ambitious transportation plan.
Traffic in the state causes Penangites headaches, but none more so than state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow.
Having held the Traffic Management portfolio since the landmark 2008 general election, Chow is fully aware of what an effective public transport system will mean to the state and its inhabitants. “As a government, demands and expectations are placed on us to resolve traffic congestion. Yes, a future system may be very costly and there is the issue of how you are going to support it but sometimes, if you think too far ahead, you won’t get anything done. So it’s about striking a balance,” Chow says.
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