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Penang denies neglecting fishermen in Penang South Reclamation project, says deputy CM September 14,2020   |  Source: Malay Mail

The Penang state government has denied neglecting fishermen in the implementation of the mega Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project

Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1, Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said PSR is a project which would be implemented to protect the interest and welfare of Penang residents in the future.

“The state government does not deny they (fishermen) will be affected. We are not only taking care of the fishermen’s welfare...there is a greater purpose why we want to carry out the land reclamation.

“We are running out of land. We do not have land for industries, development and others, so there is a need to carry out the project as a responsible government for the people and the state on the whole. But we will not abandon the fishermen,” he told reporters when met after the opening of a Women Development Workshop for Village Community Management Council (MPKK) today.

On September 4, Fishermen’s Association of Penang (Pen Mutiara) chairman Mahadi Md Rodzi repeated his claim that fishermen rejected the mega project.

He said the fishermen community would be affected by the project and alleged that the state government did not invite any representatives of the fishermen’s community to discuss compensation for them.

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