GEORGE TOWN, May 22 – Penang Gerakan Youth urged the Penang State Government to listen to concerns voiced by students regarding the construction of the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) in front of a school. Penang Gerakan Youth secretary Teo Yin Horng said the proposed LRT expected to take the Bayan Lepas route to Tun Abdul Razak Complex (KOMTAR) will be built in front of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Kwang Hwa, Sungai Nibong here.
“We want to appeal to the state government to listen to the students’ grievances echoed in several paintings (banners) on the fence and the school building bearing the words ‘Say No to LRT Railway Station in Front School @ Sungai Nibong’,” he said at a press conference in front of the school Saturday.
“There were also a Facebook with the title “3 Minutes of Tranquillity”. So far, this webpage has received more than 4,000 likes. The message is clear: it’s about the impact of the LRT being too close to their schools, causing noise pollution and danger. These are genuine voices from the heart of the children and they should not be ignored,” he said.
“The public should be made more aware and supportive of the children’s plight. Meanwhile, there were also some drawing also been posted on the Facebook. The drawings clearly and unequivocally speak out the school children’s voices, depicting their strong dissatisfaction and rejection of the proposed LRT railways crossing in front of their schools. These are voices from their heart,” he added.
Teo reiterated that Gerakan Youth is not against any development that benefits the people. He said, however, they are asking the state government to heed and listen to the opinions and voices of Penangites before any decision is made. Meanwhile, he also said that they would forward these drawings by post to Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Deputy Chief Minister Dato’ Mohd Rashid bin Hasnon, as well as MBPP’s mayor Dato’ Patahiyah binti Ismail.
“This is the voice of children which cannot be ignored. We hope the Penang government will not make any hasty decision to allow the LRT railway to be built in front of the entrance to the school,” he said, adding that children needed a tranquil learning environment in order to pay attention to their lessons.
According to the preliminary railway scheme, the LRT alignment will start from the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (KOMTAR), pass through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas and Penang International Airport before it ends at the proposed Penang South Reclamation site.