At AGM, Penang Fishermen Vote Unanimously Against Two Reclamation Projects in Island State | Malaysia

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Fishermen hold up placards and banners protesting the South Penang Recovery Project at the Pen Mutiara Annual General Meeting in Batu Maung on November 25, 2021. – Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, November 25 – The Penang Fishermen’s Association (Pen Mutiara) received unanimous support from its members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today to oppose two massive rehabilitation projects in island state that could negatively impact their livelihoods.

Pen Mutiara chairman Mahadi Md Rodzi said the full support proved his motion was not just the committee’s opinion.

“There have been allegations that only the Pen Mutiara committee is against PSR and that we are forcing members to oppose the project, but today’s AGM proved that members were not forced or coerced into opposing the project, ”he said at a press conference after the GA ended around 12:30 pm.

The motion at the AGM was to oppose the South Penang Recovery Project (PSR) and a RM 2 billion recovery project at Bagan Ajam at Seberang Perai Utara.

All Pen Mutiara members, who attended the AGM, also held up signs to show their objection to the reclamation project after the meeting.

PSR is an ambitious endeavor to create three islands measuring a total of 4,500 acres (1,821 ha) off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut.

The PSR project was first introduced in 2015 as the RM 46 billion Penang Transportation Master Plan (PTMP) funding module after the SRS consortium was appointed as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the PTMP on August 14, 2015.

The recovery project at Seberang Perai Utara extends from Bagan Ajam to Telok Air Tawar to obtain 407 ha of land from the sea.

The project is being undertaken by Rayston Consortium (Butterworth) Sdn Bhd (RCSB) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the project is still pending approval by the Department of the Environment.

On an unrelated issue, Mahadi said the AGM also approved another motion to formally oppose a private company taking over the 2.8-hectare (seven-acre) jetty from Fisheries Development Authority Malaysia ( LKIM) and its lands adjacent to Batu Maung.

“There was a proposal from a private company to take over the seven acres of land from LKIM to develop them for a mixed development project under the pretext of modernizing and managing the tuna landing port,” he said. declared.

He said they are not against using the jetty as a tuna landing port, but against having the land taken over by a private entity for a development project that has nothing to do with the tuna landing port.

“We have sent a letter to the agriculture and food industries expressing our opposition to this proposal,” he said.

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