Land reclamation: Anwar to meet Penang CM

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will meet with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow to discuss and listen to more detailed clarification on the land reclamation for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) mega project that the state government wished to develop.

Anwar, who is Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President, said he would meet with the top leaders of Penang in the near future to help find a solution on the crisis faced by traditional fishermen in southern Penang.

“I will ask the state government whether we can guarantee the interests of the fishermen. I know that this is difficult because I have never known in any large-scale land reclamation project worldwide where the fate of the fishermen is guaranteed,” he told reporters after holding a meeting with residents and fishermen at the Permatang Damar Laut yesterday.

During the approximately two-hour meeting, Anwar said he felt he should attend and listen for himself the uneasiness faced by the fishermen there.

“I came not to prevent (the project), I came to listen to the explanation from all parties including the developing company and I have read the memorandum submitted by the association and non-governmental agencies (NGOs). I have to be fair and listen to all parties.”

“We have to listen to both parties. What are the woes of the fishermen and what are the proposals of the state government for the fishermen. Whatever the project may be, never sacrifice the interests of the people,” he said.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim shakes hands with the Sungai Batu Gulf fishermen at a gathering on the project involving the construction of three artificial islands in the south of Pulau Pinang yesterday. – BERNAMA