GEORGE TOWN, May 24 – The Penang State Government will submit a revised Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the South Penang Islands Project (PSI) to the Department of the Environment (DoE) in June.
Penang’s infrastructure and transport committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the state turned over the original EMP to the DoE on January 6.
“Having received no response from the DoE, the request was withdrawn on May 7 for further adjustment to ensure compliance with PSI’s proposed mitigation measures and environmental compensation programs,” he said in a press release today.
He explained that this was the reason why the May 20 DoE statement indicated that the EMP had not yet been submitted.
He said the state is fully committed to ensuring that PSI is designed to adhere to environmental, social and governance standards required by the world’s leading multinational corporations.
“This will make PSI a green and sustainable development that will attract the foreign and domestic investments needed to create jobs and inject capital into the economy of Penang,” he said.
He stressed that the reclamation project is needed as a recovery engine to restart the state’s economy, especially in the post-Covid-19 environment.
He added that the engagement between the state government and the DoE is a professional matter and not a political one.
âGerakan’s attempt to politicize the discussion reveals their desperation over the federal government’s obvious failures to control the pandemic and vaccinate the population,â he said, referring to Gerakan’s vice president’s assertion, Oh Tong Keong, that the state lied about submitting an EMP for refurbishment works.
Zairil said Oh’s statement was a desperate attempt to politicize the reclamation project and distract from Perikatan Nasional’s failure to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.