Monday September 24, 2012
Penang wants airport named after P. Ramlee
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has proposed that the Penang International Airport be named after the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee to recognise the contribution of the legendary artiste.
He said he would propose to the Federal Government that the airport be named Penang P. Ramlee International Airport.
“This is to recognise his vast contribution to the entertainment industry. We are proud the late P. Ramlee was born and received his early education here,” Lim said.
He added that whether as an actor, singer, songwriter, composer or producer, P. Ramlee was one of the best.
“He was once voted the best actor in Asia. In view of his internationally-acclaimed stature, it is only apt that the Penang International Airport be named after him,” Lim said.
P. Ramlee died of a heart attack on May 29, 1973, at the age of 44.
Lim lamented that the on-going RM250mil expansion and renovation work at the airport had left much to be desired.
He said problems included leakage whenever it rained heavily, poor workmanship, delay in project completion and poor management, which caused inconvenience to the people.
Lim said the authorities received many complaints not only from passengers but also those working at shops in the airport.
“We hope the Federal Government will carry out weekly routine checks to identify any possible shortcomings,” he said.
Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd senior general manager Datuk Azmi Murad declined to comment.