GEORGE TOWN, Aug 10 – The Penang state government will apply to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) to raise the status of Seberang Perai Municipal Council to that of a city in the near future.
Chairman of the State Committee on Housing, Local Government and Urban and Rural Development Jagdeep Singh Deo said the matter had been discussed verbally with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and he had agreed to bring up the matter to the State Exco meeting before approval.
“MPSP can be turned into a city because it has met the criteria for elevation into a city which includes social amenities, education, industry and road network which can be easily accessed by the residents.
“The MPSP had also provided a proposal paper on the matter to be submitted to KPKT in the near future so that it could be elevated (to become a city) within this year,” he told a press conference, here today.
He said that efforts to raise the status of MPSP previously could not be carried out because the federal government policy limited that only one city was allowed for a particular state.
“So we hope under the new federal government, this restriction could be reviewed and we will carry out follow-up action so that MPSP would be accepted as a city as Selangor and Sarawak now had two local authorities each with a city status,” he added. — Bernama