The federal government is dedicated to focusing on the enlargement project of the Penang International Airport (PIA) to extend its passenger capacity to meet increasing demand, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He stated the airport growth to be the primary focal point, despite countless hints from the personal sector to construct a new airport.
Lim, who is additionally Air Putih kingdom assemblyman, stated proposals with the aid of personal corporations to build a new airport through private financing initiative (PFI) will not avoid the government’s efforts to make bigger PIA, which has reached its most capacity.
“Through PFI, all people can make suggestions, however technically and financially, they want to be reasonable. In phrases of suitability and feasibility, they additionally need to be carefully evaluated.
“Research wishes to be done, and do now not simply look at the profit. We need to make sure that primary infrastructure can be provided, and it is up to the discretion of the government.
“But other factors together with PFI must not have an effect on the government’s effort to make bigger PIA,” he said when debating the Supply Bill and the movement on the 2019 Development Estimates at the Penang State Assembly sitting here today.
With regard to a query by way of Machang Bubok assemblyman Lee Khai Loon on the viable impact in phrases of opposition posed through the proposed Kulim Airport (KXP) to PIA and close by states, Lim stated this ought to be viewed positively.
“Why are we afraid to compete? We have to be confident that our respective airports are competitive. Why would Penang be so afraid of new competition if we have our very own platform? This competition is considered as something good,” he said.
The Kulim airport project, estimated to value RM1.6 billion, is amongst seven high-impact initiatives and programs approved by the federal authorities for Kedah. It will complement the current services in Kedah and boost development in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).
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