Penang CM to meet Anwar over plight of fishermen

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim meets fishermen and residents at Sungai Batu in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, yesterday. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said he is ready to meet PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to explain in greater detail the proposed Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.

Chow said a briefing on the three islands reclamation project will also be arranged for Anwar if needed.

“I welcome the visit of Datuk Seri Anwar to the fishermen yesterday,” he told reporters after flagging off the Padang City run at St Xavier’s Institution here today.

“In the past week, we had exchanged views when we met in Parliament. He had asked me the status of the project and I provided him some information.

“From reports that I received following yesterday’s meeting (between Anwar and the fishermen), this is an issue of how to protect the fishermen’s interests, which we are always concerned with. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Yesterday, Anwar held a meeting lasting about two hours with fishermen and residents from Sungai Batu in Teluk Kumbar to hear their concerns over the likely effects of the project on their livelihood.

Chow said the state government had previously held a briefing and discussion with the state’s assemblymen, and a briefing would be held for MPs if required.

Asked when the meeting with Anwar would take place, he said he would contact the Port Dickson MP so they can meet as soon as possible.

He also said he would provide details of the 72 conditions set by the Department of Environment (DOE) in the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the project on Tuesday

“I believe these conditions will take into account the environmental impact mitigation efforts and measures to address the issues concerning the fishermen,” he said.

Chow gave an assurance the state government would study all the concerns raised by the fishermen and local communities in areas involved in the project and to make adjustments, if necessary, to enable the project to continue.