Georgetown- Chief Minister, Y.A.B. Mr. Chow Kon Yeow stated that his administration was waiting for further discussions with the Transport Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the Kedah State Government on the status of the proposed construction of the Kulim Airport. He said the oral reply of the Minister in the Dewan Rakyat on March 12, 2019 among others, suggested that the proposed new airport construction would be tabled at the National Physical Planning Council (MPFN) meeting for Government research.
"That is, proposals have already begun for the past few years, no decision (but) has recently been raised by the State Government. This will be tabled for discussion in a National Physical Council (Planning) meeting (MPFN)."
"As an added note, I've raised the matter two weeks ago, in the Prime Minister's Meeting with the Ketua Menteri and Menteri Besar. I raised this matter, the decision was recorded by the Minister of Transport to discuss with the (Kedah) and Penang (Government) of the proposal. "So, we are waiting for a meeting or further discussion by the three parties," he said, who is also the Exco of Land Affairs & Land Development, Transport and Communications at a press conference here."
Quoting the same oral response source, Kon Yeow said the Ministry also considered the proposed expansion of the Penang International Airport (PIA) to increase the passenger's annual capacity from 6.5 million to 12 million.
"To cover the cost of PIA's expansion, the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance together with MAHB is studying the development model and the appropriate financing method for the expansion project to be implemented in a cost effective manner," he said quoting the Minister's oral response."
Housing Executives, Local Government and Town & Country Planning, Jagdeep Singh Deo, Exco of Tourism, Heritage, Culture and Arts Exco, Yeoh Soon Hin, Women, Family Development, Gender and Religious Inclusiveness Apart from Islam, Chong Eng, Exco Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Rural Development and Health, Dr. Afif Bahardin and Domestic & International Trade Exco, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development, Dato 'Abdul Halim Hussain were also present during the press conference.
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