Monday June 18, 2012
PCTH: Traffic jams worsening in Penang
By ZALINAH NOORDIN
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) has called on the Penang Government to overcome the worsening traffic congestion on the island.
When addressing the town hall’s annual general meeting, its chairman Datuk Lam Wu Chong said this escalating issue was of grave concern to many Penangites.
“It is always a point of contention for Penang. Rapid economic development has not been met with an equal amount of attention given to proper long-term traffic planning.
“Various steps should be taken to manage the traffic,” said Lam.
The issue was raised as one of the motions and it was supported unanimously.
During the dialogue session, a delegate who declined to be named, said Penang saw one of its worst ever road congestions during the recent school holidays.
“Penang is already congested with traffic and with the influx of visiting vehicles, the situation is getting critical. The state and the Federal Governments should do something about this as it is a major turnoff for tourists,” he said.
Lam responded by saying that the state and the Federal Governments should cooperate and find a solution to ease the congestion.
“The funding to construct the proposed Penang Outer Ring Road and the Light Railway Transit or other possible options will ensure a continued pace of development so the people can benefit from them,” he said.
The Government should also restore Penang’s free port status in promoting the state as a centre of international investment. This can further stimulate Penang’s economic growth, he added.
The two-hour meeting saw various motions passed and among them were calling on the Government to resolve the shortage of teachers in Chinese vernacular schools, to check on suspicious activities of foreign students, to address the recent spate of suicides and alleged spread of racialism.