GEORGE TOWN, May 18 – A Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representative on Wednesday questioned why the Penang DAP government has until now not allowed Pulau Jerejak to be gazetted as a state park. Opposition leader, Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN – Teluk Ayer Tawar) said the state government had on April 18, 2007, approved the State Forestry Department’s proposal to make the 295-ha Bukit Panchor Forest Reserve in South Seberang Perai as a state park.
“The state legislative assembly passed an amendment to the State Forestry Enactment 1984 back in 2007 but till today, Pulau Jerejak has not been gazetted. This was approved by the previous state government but the proposal has been in limbo since the current DAP government took over the reins,” she said.
Jahara said this is an insult to the Legislative Assembly. She told this to reporters at the State Assembly building, here today. Meanwhile, she also said that the matter was raised in the state assembly last November and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, said that the state government wanted to sell it to UDA Holdings Berhad.
Meanwhile, Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhamad Farid Said asked the state government to give specific answers about the development and future of Pulau Jerejak because there were rumors that there was a proposal to develop Pulau Jerejak by third parties. Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd failed to obtain the tender to purchase land owned by the Penang Development Corporation to build a village specifically for local and foreign workers in the country.
“The decision was made because the company headed by Phang Lee Koon as director, did not comply with the terms ‘Request For Proposal’ (RFP) that has been determined. Finally, the tender was offered to Westlite Dormitory (Penang-Juru) Sdn Bhd as it came up with the highest price,” Guan Eng said when replying to an oral question from Cheah Kah Peng (PKR-Kebun Bunga) at the state assembly.