Fadillah : When did you ask us for 3rd Penang bridge?

Fadillah Yusof

PETALING JAYA : Works Minister Fadillah Yusof has expressed surprise at Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement today that the Federal Government had rejected the Penang Government’s request or made it difficult for them to build a third Penang Bridge.

Guan Eng had claimed this was why the state government had decided to proceed with its proposed 7.2km undersea tunnel as part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan to cater to future needs of the island.

“Checks with my ministry have shown no such request, application or even discussions with us to build a third Penang Bridge.

“Neither are there any records of any requests, applications or discussions with us on the Penang undersea tunnel project, which would also have required various approvals from my ministry before it is constructed or opened to traffic.”

Fadillah hoped the chief minister would enlighten the ministry when such requests were made and when the ministry rejected the request for the third Penang Bridge.

“It is my wish that the Penang Government deals with its own internal Pakatan politics or scandals and does not try and use the Federal Government as a convenient excuse,” Fadillah said in a statement today.

The tolled undersea tunnel will be built from Gurney Drive on the island to Bagan Ajam on the mainland. The work has been awarded to Consortium Zenith-BUCG in 2013.

The consortium is a joint venture between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.