Wednesday July 25, 2012
Public hearing on gardens’
GEORGE TOWN: The state government has started the public hearing on the Penang Botanic Gardens’ Special Area Plan (SAP) draft.
State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the draft was up for public viewing from Jan 18 to March 14 this year and 110 feedback forms were received.
“Those who submitted the forms are NGOs, the public and politicians.
“Fifty-eight of them will participate in the public hearing which starts today (yesterday) until this Friday so that we can listen to their opinions, suggestions and objections against the draft,” he said at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.
He added that the Penang Botanic Gardens SAP Public Hearing Committee would then go through the feedback, analyse and submit a report to the State Planning Committee by the end of the year.
The committee has six members: Penang deputy state secretary Datuk Muhammad Yusoff Wazir (administration), Prof Dr Francis Loh Kok Wah, a professor of politics at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Forestry Department director Abdul Wahab Deraman, Prama Nathan from Jones Architect, Science, Technology and Innovation officer of Chief Minister’s Office Yap Soo Huey, and Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens Society (FOPBGS) president Datuk Tengku Idaura Tengku Ibrahim.
Among the proposals in the draft are new facilities, legislative frameworks, human resources and financial policies.