Perikatan govt ‘declaring confrontation’ with Penangites by cancelling ferry service, Guan Eng says | Malaysia

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Lim Guan Eng questioned the finance minister’s credibility after failing to meet his promise to proceed Penang ferry service . — Image by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has at the moment accused Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz of incompetence, after Putrajaya introduced it is not going to proceed the Penang ferry service.

Lim stated that the announcement of the ferry service’s cancellation made by transportation minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong was “an unequivocal declaration” of Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) open confrontation with Penang residents.

“Moreover, the cancellation of the enduring 126-year-old Penang ferry service is an unequivocal declaration of the PN authorities’s open confrontation with the folks of Penang.

“This isn’t the primary time that Penang has suffered badly from the heavy hand of vengeance politics because the PN authorities took over in March 2020,” he wrote in an announcement.

Penang’s former chief minister additionally questioned the finance minister’s credibility after failing to meet his promise to proceed Penang ferry service on December 17 and has dedicated “a cardinal sin” by willfully deceptive the Parliament.

Earlier this week, Wee stated extra vehicles are anticipated to make use of Penang Bridge and Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge to journey between the mainland and island as a result of it’s safer, faster and cheaper than by ferries.

The transport minister confirmed in an announcement that come 2021, two quick ferry vessels will carry foot passengers whereas one current Prasarana-owned ferry will carry bikes and bicycles throughout the channel so there wouldn’t be any vehicular ferries for four-wheeled automobiles.

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Wee stated the choice made was geared toward making the Penang ferry service safer, sooner and fewer vulnerable to unsustainable upkeep prices.

He claimed that the prevailing 47-year-old ferries had been vulnerable to incurring upkeep prices on a median of as soon as a month.

Wee additionally stated Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz had confirmed that RM30 million was allotted for the fleet modernisation and that the sum might be launched in two tranches, in 2021 and 2022.

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