Penang to reveal details on land reclamation deals

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP-led Penang government will reveal details of the agreements on the reclamation of 24.28ha at Bayan Mutiara and Bayan Bay to the public on Thursday.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said State Secretary Farizan Darus would issue a statement on the details of the agreements tomorrow.

“The agreements say that we approved about 60 acres (24ha),” he told a press conference here today.

Last Dec 9, the state government agreed to declassify all land reclamation agreements, including those made when Barisan Nasional (BN) ruled Penang.

However, Lim said the agreement during BN’s administration involving 607.03ha could not be revealed to the public as the concessionaires refused to do so.

“After seeking the views of the state legal adviser, the state government has to abide by their decision not to reveal the agreements made during BN’s rule.

“Every agreement has a confidentiality clause. We have to get the approval of the concessionaire involved to reveal it.”