Varsity town for Balik Pulau if PH wins in Penang

Big turnout at the Penang Chinese Town Hall, Pitt Street, George Town, to watch the launch of Penang Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto for the general election.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Pakatan Harapan unveiled its election manifesto for the upcoming polls today, outlining 68 promises it intends to fulfil if it retains the state.

Of the 68 promises, most are already pledges made by the Penang government before and some of them are already being implemented.

Penang Pakatan Harapan leaders are ready to commit RM20 million for vernacular and Islamic schools, and even provide land for a Tamil secondary school.

The pledges made by the coalition, comprising DAP, PKR, Amanah and PPBM, include the following:

  • a university town to be established in Balik Pulau, the rural heartland of Penang Island;
  • ensuring the project involving the undersea tunnel and three main roads takes place and ensuring proper traffic dispersal.
  • a motorcycle-racing circuit and an electronic games arena to be built;
  • RM20 million a year for vernacular and Islamic religious schools in the state;
  • seven days paid leave for non-Muslim state civil servants to perform their religious pilgrimage overseas;
  • RM15 million for free bus services at targeted areas on the island and Seberang Perai;
  • 1,000 CCTV cameras around the state for public safety;
  • rehabilitating the Jelutong landfill area once it is closed;
  • a guarantee of no water rationing in the state for the next 10 years;
  • 20,000 street lights using power-saving LED by 2020;
  • “Harmony Centre” costing RM3 million to be administration centre for non-Muslim affairs;
  • allocation for the Hindu Endowments Board increased to RM1.5 million a year;
  • land set aside for first Tamil secondary school in Malaysia;
  • to demand federal government to allow Penang to decide on public transportation, social services, agriculture and the environment (devolution of powers).
  • distribution of 6,000 free “I love Penang” canopies to hawkers.

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