Federal govt willing to consider funding for Penang Transport Master Plan

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

BUTTERWORTH: The federal government is willing to consider any application by the Penang government for funding to proceed with the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Lim, who is also Bagan MP, said the finance ministry would study the application first before making any announcement on the matter because all aspects had to be considered.

“I feel it should be done in stages, including discussions on the ‘financial architecture’ before an application for funding is forwarded to the federal government,” he told reporters after making a visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Nyior here today.

Lim was responding to a statement by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow that the state government might seek funding from the federal government to implement the PTMP.

He said discussions on the project should be done in a structured manner in accordance with procedures and any announcements to be made should only come after they are settled.

“We do work seriously. When there is an outcome, only then will we make an announcement. Everything will be checked and taken into consideration,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lim said he would try to find funding for SK Sungai Nyior. Besides a termite infestation, the building’s roof is leaking and the school’s classroom equipment is outdated.

He said most of the schools in the Bagan constituency had not received allocations for maintenance in a long while and he would do his best to secure funding to rectify the situation.

SK Sungai Nyior, which dates back to 1989, has 102 pupils, 18 teachers, three support staff and two cleaners.