Penang upgrades lanes to attract visitors

GEORGE TOWN (BERNAMA) – It is business as usual in Penang in the wake of the political crisis in the country as the state government continues with its development plans for the benefit of the people.

As early as 8am yesterday, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow launched a project to upgrade and beautify side and back lanes for bicycle and pedestrian routes within the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

He said the back lanes in the city are alternative access routes for the public and residents, apart from serving as maintenance paths which have been enhanced with elements of arts, landscaping and street furniture to attract visitors.

“These lanes will be upgraded to provide space for recreation, neighbourhood activities and greenery in the city. The facilities can also be used for a variety of activities by the local community. It is to create a sense of safety, cleanliness and well-being so that it can be used at all times,” he told reporters when launching the project stretching from Lebuh Ah Quee to Lorong Pitt.

Chow said Penang was the best example of a city which achieved the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including healthy living and well-being of the people, equality, good jobs and strong economic growth as well as a sustainable city and society.

“Penang is one of the leading cities in the world, but we still give priority to our environment and heritage sites amidst the rapid growth of this city.

“The facilities, services and infrastructure offered have turned the heritage site into a destination of choice for the local community and foreigners to visit, relax and live in,” he added.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow reviews the side and back lanes in George Town. PHOTO: BERNAMA