‘Come clean on Jere­jak’

> Ger­akan queries state govt on sev­eral is­sues over tourism re­sort

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The state govern­ment has been asked to come clean on the var­i­ous is­sues aris­ing from the sale of the Pe­nang De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (PDC) 49% shares in Trop­i­cal Is­land Re­sort Sdn Bhd (TIRSB), which was ap­pointed to op­er­ate a tourism re­sort in Pu­lau Jere­jak.

State Ger­akan act­ing Youth chief Ja­son Loo said the state govern­ment which cham­pi­ons com­pe­tency, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency (CAT), must ex­plain why the sale of the shares in TIRSB and also the award­ing of the Bayan Bay recla­ma­tion pro­ject were not done via open ten­der.

“Ev­ery­thing has been planned ahead with­out the knowl­edge of Pe­nan­gites and why has the state govern­ment not come out to ex­plain the ex­act date of the sell­ing trans­ac­tion of PDC’s 49% shares in TIRSB.

“At the same time, the state govern­ment should also ex­plain when the Bayan Bay pro­ject was awarded to Ideal Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd (Ideal) as both the projects are very close to each other,” he told reporters here yes­ter­day.

He added that both the projects were not awarded through the open ten­der and was given to one sin­gle com­pany.

TIRSB is a joint ven­ture be­tween UDA and PDC, which hold 51% and 49% stakes re­spec­tively.

UDA, in a state­ment on Nov 8, con­firmed un­der­tak­ing a joint ven­ture with Q Is­land De­vel­op­ment on the pro­ject, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted in eight to 10 years while the to­tal cost is yet to be de­ter­mined.

Ac­cord­ing to UDA, the re­de­vel­op­ment plans have been ap­proved by the state govern­ment and four five-star ho­tels, 1,200 res­i­den­tial units, a ma­rina, a theme park and a 11.5km bi­cy­cle track will be built to pro­mote tourism in the state. – Ber­nama

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