GEORGE TOWN, Jun 2 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng denied that the proposed cross-channel cable car project would affect shipping routes as alleged. He said he hope that Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai can do his work properly which to study on professional views while not just attempt to sabotage.
“The four pylons for the cable car project are 1km apart. There is no reason how the alignment is a problem. Ships have ample space to turn and don’t tell me ships cannot do a turnaround. With a distance of one kilometre, can’t the ships turn around? If that is the case, then the ship captain’s licence is ‘kopi o kaw kaw punya lesen’ (not qualified),” said Lim at a press conference in Komtar.
“The pylons are also as the height of Komtar building. If that is not high enough, then the oceans, too, are not enough. A pylon is a tall tower-like structure used for carrying steel cables that carry the gondolas (cabins) high above the ground. Meanwhile, cable cars plying across the seas with LED beacons and it would be romantic, but we all know Liow is not romantic,” he said.
Lim felt that the snub could mean that Liow was trying to sabotage the project as it was state funded. Lim continued to pour scorn on Liow, saying the latter had not done his homework before announcing the “rejection”. He said the Federal Government is not even required to pay a single sen. He said this project is funded by the Penang State Government.
“I hope that Liow can do his work properly. Do not sleep, do not rely on Penang Port Commission chairman Tan Teik Cheng before making any statements. Let it be based on professional views, not just an attempt to sabotage our plans. Liow said he had written to me but I did not receive even one letter from the transport ministry regarding this. If you want to discuss, we can discuss,” Lim said.
“Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) is the company who will carry out the project. They are close to the Federal Government and are working on the Penang Sentral. The Skycab will link Penang Sentral on the mainland to Karpal Singh Drive in Jelutong,” Lim pointed out.
“The journey is only 15 minutes to get to the other side. This is unlike the ferry which takes almost an hour. In the meanwhile, this Skycab project is not only beneficial for Penang. It is also beneficial for Malaysia too as it is a tourist attraction as well,” he continue pointed out.
On Monday, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the federal regulators, Penang Port Commission, had rejected the alignment for the proposed 5km cable car project, dubbed the Penang SkyCab. It would connect Jelutong to the Penang Sentral in Butterworth. It was expected to cost RM300 million and supposed to be ready by 2018.