GEORGE TOWN, April 19 ― The Penang government told Putrajaya today that the federal government is able to restore the Tanjung City Marina as it is fully owned by the Penang Port Commission (PPC).
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government will not stop Putrajaya from repairing and restoring the “sunken marina”, pointing out that the state has been asking for it to be restored since it was closed in 2012.
He said the Transport Ministry and PPC had promised to restore the marina but till today, nothing was done.
“We are disappointed by Minister's answer in Parliament that blamed the state government over its inability to repair the marina after so many years,” Lim said in a statement issued today.
He referred to the Transport Ministry’s parliamentary reply to him that claimed the federal government could not proceed with restoration works on the marina because of land ownership issues involving the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal.
The ministry claimed that Putrajaya had plans to redevelop the whole area encompassing Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Tanjung City Marina and the old godowns along the stretch.
“There were land ownership issues of Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal that have not been resolved between the state government and PPC, so the project is postponed until this issue is resolved,” the ministry's reply said.
Lim pointed out that the land issues involved only Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal but not Tanjung City Marina, as the land the marina was built on belonged to PPC.
“Tanjung City Marina sank along with the RM43 million costs in 2012 due to poor planning and failure to build a wave breaker as planned,” he claimed.
He expressed his surprise that the land ownership issue of the cruise terminal was used as an excuse now, when there was no problems for PPC to construct the marina back in 2005.
“Penang refuses to sell the cruise terminal land to PPC because we are not satisfied with its management of the terminal,” he said.
He reminded Putrajaya that PPC had challenged the state government over the land ownership in court and lost the case.
“If the ministry wants to use the excuse of wanting to build an overall project, the question is why did they not complete the open tender exercise that was initiated by former PPC chairman Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek?” Lim asked.
The Penang state government has raised the issue of the “sunken marina” numerous times over the years, demanding that Putrajaya do something about it.