In Penang, BN warns of housing, land and traffic crises under continued Pakatan rule
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Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow and Penang Umno Chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman launch the âSave Penangâ manifesto in Seberang Perai April 15, 2018. â" Picture by Sayuti ZainudinSEBERANG PERAI, April 15 â" Penang will be facing housing, la nd and traffic crises in years to come if it continues to be led by Pakatan Harapan (PH), Teng Chang Yeow warned today.
The Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman said the uncontrolled development by PH in the last 10 years have a detrimental effect on the state.
He said the coalition is anticipating these three crises because of poor planning by PH.
âHousing prices are already inflated and will continue to rise that one day, our youths will not be able to buy their own homes anymore,â he said during a press conference after the launch of the Penang BN âSave Penangâ manifesto.
He said there would also be a land crisis due to the PH administrationâs move to turn leasehold land into freehold land in the state.
âThis will drive up land prices, reduce the stateâs land bank and in the end, this means there will no longer be any land left for the state in the future, which will also lead to expensive properties,â he said.
He pointed out that land and property prices today have gone beyond the affordability of most people in Penang now.
âIt will go beyond the affordability of the next generation as well,â he added.
He said the stateâs uncontrolled development would lead to a traffic crisis.
âThey are approving high-rise, high-density projects without any proper planning. This will contribute to traffic congestion as there is no proper traffic dispersal system in place,â he said.
He said the pledges made in the Penang BN Manifesto are based on the severity of the issues faced by the state.
One of the main issues that concerned most Penangites is flooding, he said, adding that is why the Penang BN Manifesto promises a flood mitigation plan and drainage master plan.
He also blamed the increased frequency of floods in the state on PHâs poor planning and uncontrolled development.
One of the pledges was to ensure 50 per cent of cit y councillors are civil society members and not political appointees.
Teng said these non-political councillors would sit in council planning committees to decide on approval of projects.
âThey will be able to provide their input directly when it comes to approving developments within the committees,â he said.
He said this way, the peopleâs voice is also represented in the councilâs planning committees through these councillors.
Teng hoped the public would give BN the mandate this time around so that they can prevent these three crises from happening in Penang.Source: Google News