Amidst the opposition of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a group of locals gathered to hand over a signed petition in support of the project.
Representatives stood with a banner and cardboard posters outside the State Assembly building along Light Street here, supporting the project as they expressed their woes of being stuck in traffic jams to get to work and back from the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone.
They then submitted a petition signed by 1,011 workers to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow in support of the project.
Spokesperson for the group Mohd Nasarudin Sultan said the majority of commuters who work in the Free Industrial Zone spend up to four hours a day on the road due to traffic.
Rrepresentatives from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (Penang Branch) also handed over a petition with over 100 signatures to expedite the PTMP.
It’s vice- chairman Jimmy Ong said they had just started the petition and planned to continue till the beginning of September.
“Workers who commute daily are stuck in jams. The Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) will help reduce this,” he said.
PTMP, which is the state government’s multi-billion ringgit public transport project, involving LRT, monorail, cable cars and water taxis, depends on funding from property development on a proposed trio of man-made islands south of the airport known as the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.