GEORGE TOWN: The improve of the Penang Ferry companies is to make sure the security and well-being of all its passengers, says MCA vice-president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng (pic).
Tan, who can be Penang Port Fee chairman, urged former chief minister Lim Guan Eng to cease his “fairy tales” and “lies” on the Penang ferry challenge.
Tan additionally urged the DAP secretary-general to cease “preventing together with his personal shadow” and enjoying on the emotions of the individuals with out caring about their security.
Lim has been accused by MCA of enjoying politics over public security following his latest remarks on the improve of the Penang Ferry companies.
“Within the challenge of ferry companies upgrading venture to date, it was Lim who was the one one who talked rather a lot, who didn’t care in regards to the security of ferry customers and pretended to not perceive the reason of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“It’s clear that Lim’s actual goal is to indicate that he’s nonetheless energetic and nonetheless involved about Penang.
“To cover his slender political agenda, Lim tried to make use of varied so-called techniques to defend Penang’s cultural heritage in addition to exploit the nostalgia of the locals for the historical past of ferry companies and incite as if the Perikatan Nasional authorities was oppressing Penangites,” he mentioned in a press release on Tuesday (Dec 29).
Tan added that Penangites absolutely perceive what the ferries imply to the individuals of this state.
“Other than being a witness to growth, it additionally makes a major contribution to the Penang tourism trade.
“Nonetheless, with the passage of time, this previous ferry started to interrupt down frequently, its upkeep prices additionally elevated, and spare elements have been tough to acquire.
“A very powerful factor within the consideration of the Transport Ministry and the Penang Port Authority is client security.
“When deciding that the Penang ferry service would use catamaran pace boats from Jan 1,2021, the Transport Ministry defined that the previous ferries could be thought of to be maintained and renovated as floating museums and eating places, as a extra sensible and efficient measure to protect Penang’s cultural heritage, in addition to persevering with public nostalgia for the ferry.
“The brand new boats will solely carry foot passengers, bicycles and bikes, whereas automobiles can use the 2 present bridges,” he mentioned, including that the venture was proposed by the Transport Ministry underneath the earlier Pakatan Harapan authorities and was merely continued by the present Transport Ministry.
Tan referred to as upon Lim to right away cease harping on the Penang ferry challenge.
“Take into account the security of ferry customers, and never use the preservation of cultural heritage as an outdated excuse to ignite the sentiments of Penangites.
“Alternatively, Lim must reply, when he held the submit of Penang chief minister, what number of precious heritage belongings have been offered to foreigners, what number of lovely pure areas that Penang is happy with have been razed and levelled, and what number of lovely coastal areas got approach to seawall tasks,” he requested.