GEORGETOWN, April 19 – The Penang state government on Saturday stressed that the proposed ‘Penang Sky Cab’ project linking the island and the mainland does not require the approval of the Transport Ministry. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the proposal this was because the Sky Cab was not a public transportation system project, but merely a tourism product.
“It is obviously not related to public transportation as it can only carry 10 passengers in one cabin. We have to stress this fact because we may have problems to obtain a licence if the project is deemed as public transportation project. “We should look at it as a tourism product which will also play a role as a soft alternative to public transport,” he told a news conference here, today.
Lim said this in response to the media report which quoted Liow as saying that the ministry had yet to receive the application from the DAP-led Penang government on the proposal to build a cable car system. On Wednesday, Lim announced that the Penang Sky Cab project, a joint venture between the state government and Penang Sentral which is still at exploration stage, was expected to be completed by 2018.
Gat Lebuh Nordin on the island and Penang Sentral in Butterworth will be the terminal stations linking the island and Seberang Perai. Lim said the project would not involve any land reclamation. “Therefore, protests expressed by some non-governmental organisations on land reclamation should not arise,” he said.