If Penang's free port status is restored it will be a major boost to the island's economy
Its national chairman Karpal Singh said the restoration of FPS would be a major boost¬† to the state‚Äôs socio-economic growth, especially for the tourism sector.
The senior parliamentarian said the removal of Penang FPS in 1969 and giving it to Langkawi was never in the nation‚Äôs best interests.
‚ÄúThe DAP has always called on for the status to be restored.
‚ÄúTraditionally Penang has been a free port until the status was removed in 1969,‚ÄĚ said Karpal, the Bukit Gelugor MP.
State Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow has made the proposal to restore Penang‚Äôs lost FPS to the Minister in the Prime Minister‚Äôs Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Tourism Malaysia chairman Dr Victor Wee Eng Lye.
Restoring FPS for Penang is part of a move to improve the tourism attraction and lure¬† investors to Penang and Langkawi, boosting both islands‚Äô positions as world-class tourist destinations.
The FPS is anticipated to attract international hotels and holiday resorts, increase the length of stay of local and foreign tourists and boost tourism .
Historically, Penang was a FPS since the colonial days until the status was revoked.
Despite the setback of losing its free port status, Penang, under the leadership of then chief minister, the late Dr Lim Chong Eu transformed into a major regional industrial base.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has said that his administration would welcome any proposal to restore Penang‚Äôs FPS¬† for the sake of Penangites.
‚ÄúPlease don‚Äôt politicise the issue and make it a reality.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt mind which government manages to get this done as long as it‚Äôs reinstated and this should be done before the general election,‚ÄĚ he said.