GEORGE TOWN — April 29, 2019: Penang is of the view that the proposed Kulim airport will have a negative impact on the state, especially its own airport.
According to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, this is based on reports prepared by consultants who conducted a feasibility study on the Kulim plan.
Thus the Penang government is firm in its view that the transport ministry should study this plan again, with more detailed studies needed to ensure the Kulim plan will be holistic and beneficial to everyone, said Chow when answering a question from Goh Choon Aik (Pakatan Harapan-Bukit Tambun) in the state legislative assembly today.
The proposed airport is among seven high-impact projects approved by the federal government for Kedah. It is expected to boost development in the northern corridor economic region.
To another question from Goh, Chow said two companies — Consortium CPG Consultants Pte. Ltd. and AHS Architects Sdn. Bhd., had been appointed as consultants to upgrade and expand the Penang airport via an open tender by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
Work is to begin in June 2020 and will take 36 months. Work on a multi-storey car park with 1,800 parking bays at the airport began last August. — Bernama