Penang yet to receive official approval for PSR’s EIA report: CM Chow

The Penang government has yet to receive the official letter of approval for the EIA report of the Penang South Reclamation Scheme. The state will not bear any responsibility for the misinformation in the English daily.
—CM Chow Kon Yeow

槟城南部填海计划
州政府仍待环评报告获批通知
—首长曹观友


PRESS STATEMENT ON THE STAR ARTICLE HEADLINED “PENANG GETS NOD TO DEVELOP ISLANDS”

From: YAB Chow Kon Yeow
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Date: 4 JULY 2019

  1. With reference to the article headlined “Penang gets nod to develop islands” which appeared in The Star today (4 July 2019), the Penang State Government is still awaiting official notification that the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme has obtained the EIA approval.
  2. As of to date, the approval has yet to be received by the State Government in a formal manner.
  3. The State Government has been working diligently with various parties to obtain the necessary approval in compliance with the process and the approval, once obtained, will give the stimulus to get on with the job.
  4. With regards to the news in The Star, the State Government would like to make it clear that there are factual errors and reckless assumptions being made in it and irresponsibly misrepresented to the public. Since the information is not from an authorised source, the State Government shall not bear any responsibility for the misinformation contained in the article.
  5. Once the official letter of approval reaches us, the conditions of the approval will be made known to the public accordingly as any responsible government which believes in transparency would do.
  6. When the EIA approval is obtained for the PSR, a detailed design will then be worked on before tenders are called in the first half of 2020.
  7. The information contained in the newspaper report is incorrect as the details are being worked out and will be shared with the media and stakeholders when they are ready.

槟州首席部长曹观友于2019年7月4日发表文告:

1.针对《星报》今日封面故事标题“ Penang gets nod to develop islands”(槟城获准开发群岛,2019年7月4日),州政府仍在等待槟城南部填海计划(PSR)环境评估报告(EIA)获批的正式通知。

2.州政府至今尚未收到有关批准的正式通知。

3.州政府一直以来积极与各方合作,依照程序以取得批准,一旦取得相关批准将激励人们继续投入工作。

4.对于星报的报导,州政府在此表明该报道含有错误讯息与鲁莽假设。由于有关信息并非官方消息,州政府将不会对此报道中的错误讯息承担任何责任。

5.一旦我们收到官方信函,则将公布相应的批准条件。任何相信透明度的负责任政府都会这么做。

6.当槟城南部填海计划(PSR)的环境评估报告(EIA)获批后,我们将先致力于进行详细工程设计,方在2020年上半年进行公开招标。

7.报道中所含的讯息并不正确,因为有关部门仍在制定细节中,并将在准备就绪后与媒体及利益相关者分享有关信息。

Media statement on Sdr Chow’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChowKonYeow/posts/10157450604634169