Penang govt to hold dialogue on schools affected by PIL 1

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow says the state government will listen to the views of stakeholders and make adjustments during the construction of PIL 1.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government gave an assurance today that it will take into consideration the plight of schools affected by the construction of the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1).

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said a dialogue would be held with the affected stakeholders and others involved in the project.

In the meantime, he said the state government was looking forward to a meeting with the education ministry to discuss the matter.

Last Friday, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the ministry would arrange for a meeting with the state authorities to discuss, among others, the negative impact the project would have on the schools.

Chow said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) studies would take into account how each school would be affected by the construction of the project.

“We will listen to their views and go back and make adjustments. It is part of the ongoing engagement exercise,” he told reporters after presenting aid to 2,000 senior citizens and 500 special needs children at the Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society here.

Chow said adjustments and improvements to management and site control could be made even after the construction of PIL 1 had started.

These processes were part of the conditions that the state must fulfil, he said.