Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd Kedah International Airport In Kulim

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25.6.2014.
Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd  Kedah International Airport In Kulim.

Penang BN Chairman Teng Chang Yow should not try to distract attention but answer questions as to the real Penang BN position when he opposes but yet Penang UMNO supports Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s proposal to build a new international airport in Kulim, Kedah. More importantly, Teng should answer the question why he opposes 2 runways for an established international airport like Penang when Kedah can seek RM 1.6 billion to build an entirely new 3rd  Kedah International Airport in Kulim with 2 runways.
Mukhriz had said the RM 1.6 billon costs included land acquisition, the building of basic infrastructure of the airport and two runways. Mukhriz further said that the Penang International Airport had reached its maximum capacity in 2 years and its one runway showed limited capacity to accommodate more aircraft. 
However instead of building a 2nd runway, a new integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul or MRO facility for Penang that costs RM600 million, BN is more intent on spending RM 1.6 billon for a completely new airport in the middle of the jungle in Kulim, Kedah. Like Teng, Mukhriz had said it was not easy for Penang airport to have a second runway as the factories were located near it, adding the suggestion of sea reclamation to extend the runway was “easier said than done”.
The Penang state government disagrees strongly with the intention of the BN Federal government to neglect and bypass Penang for Kedah. Clearly this is seen as a undemocratic and vindictive punitive action against Penang for supporting PR with the largest  mandate of 68% of the popular votes in the 2013 general elections.
Instead of addressing these questions on why he opposes the 2nd airport runway for Penang and what is BN Penang’s real stand when UMNO Penang takes a contradictory position from Teng, Teng has decided to focus on irrelevant and petty issues. Penang is proud of what we had achieved in making Penang as a location of choice of investors. For the 6 year period under PR rule from 2008-2013, Penang recorded an investment of RM 40,049 million which is nearly double BN’s total 6 year figures from 2002-7 of RM 21,095 million.
And yet BN criticize the state government for any drop in investments last  year but when investments go up the following year, BN claims credit instead. Let the people of Penang decide whether it is for BN to blame the state government when investment goes down but then forget to praise the state government but claim credit when investment rises. Instead, it is the 1.6 million Penangites that should claim the credit for Penang’s success as the top investment state in Malaysia.
For BN to question falling investor confidence in Penang is at best ignorant and at worst a pretence of being unaware that Temasek Holdings had just signed a joint-venture agreement to develop a High Technology Industrial Park valued at RM11.3 billion for the manufacturing and services sector. BN should drop all pretence and concede that PR performed much better during our 6 years in power with RM40,049 million in investments as compared to the BN’s previous 6 years of RM 21,095 million.
I have no interest in Teng;s tactics of politicizing investment figures by even questioning the answers provided by the Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament. The Penang state government has received little to no cooperation from federal government agencies. There is even no replies to our formal letters on many issues. For this reason, we are forced to rely on parliamentary questions. Unfortunately even Parliamentary questions sometimes elicit very little information.
For this reason, when viewed within the context of Penang operating practically on our own, Penang’s achievement as the top investment location in Malaysia is more remarkable. The challenges for Penang will only increase with Kedah now openly using its political connections with the Federal government to undermine Penang’s competitiveness.
Even though Kedah is not in the picture at all nationally or regionally in terms of investments, Penang is not afraid of competing with another new international airport in Kulim, but on a level playing field by giving us an additional runway, integrated air cargo facility and MRO hub. The question is whether Teng and UMNO Penang will support Penang’s International Airport upgrade expansion proposals with deeds rather than empty words to compete fairly with the proposed new international airport in Kulim.


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邓章耀在首相于国会上给予的数据上大作文章,我对于邓政治化这些问题不感兴趣。槟州政府向来只获得少部分联邦政府机构的合作与配合,有时候我们去函询问某些课题,甚至连回应都没有。基于这个问题,我们唯有寻求在国会上获得答案,可悲的是,有时国会的答案资料也十分不足。 职是之故,在槟城自力更生的脉络下审视我们获得全国投资额的第一,将更显弥足珍贵。现在,吉打运用其和联邦政府的政治连接,促使降低槟城的竞争力,会是我们槟城的一大挑战。



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If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.6.2014.

If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

The Penang state government regrets the irresponsible and continued misrepresentation made by opposition BN in blaming the Pakatan Rakyat state government for not having any proper or long-term planning for the Penang international airport that resulted in the Kedah state government asking for a new international airport to be built in Kulim. 5 facts must be stated here.

One, it is the Federal government and not the Penang state government that owns, operates and regulates the Penang International Airport. The Penang state government has no choice but to comply with the Transport Ministry on any expansion plans which are solely decided by them. During the last RM 250 million Penang International airport expansion project, contractors were appointed by the Transport Ministry and the state government has no say and was never consulted. And yet, BN continues to blame the Penang state government for the shameful flooding at the Penang International Airport. Is BN also going to blame the Penang state government for the airport roof leaking every time it rains or the dirty toilets?

Two, Penang BN Chair Teng Chang Yeow opposes the building of a new international airport in Kulim that is supported by Penang UMNO. This conflicting position between Teng and UMNO Penang is confusing. Can Teng and UMNO get its act together, meet and decide what is the actual and consistent position of BN Penang? Does Penang UMNO’s or Teng’s position represents BN Penang’s position?

Three, priority should be given to expanding the Penang International Airport to two runways, an integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul(MRO) facility. This is not only cheaper at RM600 million compared to building a new international airport in Kulim costing at least RM2 billion. It is also more productive and economically feasible to leverage on Penang’s position as a world-class electrical and electronic cluster, manufacturing hub, tourism destination and services sector.

Four, economic figures show that Penang International Airport has been annually the second or the third busiest passenger airport in Malaysia for the last 6 years due to Penang’s strong tourist arrivals and health tourism. The Penang air cargo facility is also the top two most profitable in Malaysia. Penang is also No.1 in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2010 to August 2013 with RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI. As FDIs focus on exports, there is huge potential for future increasing volumes in air cargo. Further the growing services industry in Penang promises exciting possibilities and opportunities which can benefit the establishment of an integrated air cargo hub and a MRO facility, since there is none in the northern region. It is untrue for Teng to claim that the services industry alone with the existing companies of Wilmar, HIS and Citigroup which was set up after 2010 justifies the need for two runways. The strong growth in the 3 sectors of manufacturing FDI, services and tourism justify the need for an expansion airport upgrade.

Finally, it is not true that the state government has not followed up with the Federal government or has no more available land. Around 60 acres of land was first acquired near the airport after 2008 and with sea reclamation, there is between 300-500 acres for any future expansion needs of the Penang International Airport. Bear in mind that the RM250 million airport expansion project commenced after PR took power in 2008. After that, the state government has numerous discussions with the Federal government, especially Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala, without any conclusive action.

The growing congestion at the Penang International Airport has resulted in public complaints that the domestic departure lounge looks at times look like a “pasar malam”. Last year there were 5.5 million passengers and is expected to reach the enforced maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers by next year. An expansion is urgently needed.

It is regrettable that Teng opposes the Penang state government’s request for expansion of the Penang International Airport to 2 runways, an integrated air cargo facility and a MRO hub. If Teng is opposed to the Penang International Airport’s expansion, then he should explain how is the interests of Penang best served by no airport expansion?