Review Penang's RM25 billion mega project. Five NGOs have gone on record with a demand that the government reviews the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad's homestate of Penang.The mega development, designed to better Mahathir's KLCC, was approved without local inputs, these NGOs said in Mingguan Malaysia, an Umno-controlled newspaper, today.
The project was launched last week by the PM himself and front-paged by the NST, a daily run by Patrick Lim's business partner Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan, who counts the PM as one of his "friends". Lim earned the nickname Patrick Badawi due to his closeness to the Family.
A representative of the Penang Heritage Trust, Ahmad Chik said the developer of the PGCC was rather dismissive of the little local inputs that had been solicited for the project.The Mingguan article here.
“This project was approved in Putrajaya, the plans finalised without any local inputs, and was launched amid wide publicity.
“There was no discussion. This is an attempt to sideline all forms of opposition (towards the project). This is a colossal project that will affect about every person in Penang. It needs a more comprehensive review before it can start," Ahmad Chik said.
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