GEORGE TOWN The public hearing session for the Penang Hill Special Area Plan (SAP) (Substitution) draft is postponed to early October this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Housing, Local Government and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman, Jagdeep Singh Deo said the session was initially scheduled to commence in September this year with a two-month period open for public feedback.
“However, due to the pandemic, the public hearing session for the Penang Hill SAP (Substitution) will not only be postponed to October this year, but the period will also be extended from two months to three.
“This means that we will open for public feedback, suggestions and objections for the Penang Hill SAP (Substitution) between October and December this year,” he told reporters after his keynote address at the Penang Hill SAP (Substitution) focus group discussion (FGD), here, today.
Over 50 representatives from various agencies attended the FGD session.
Penang Hill Corporation general manager, Datuk Cheok Lay Leng and PlanMalaysia @ Pulau Pinang deputy director, Mohd Bashir Sulaiman alsol attended the session.
Jagdeep said after the public hearing session, the SAP (Substitution) would later be submitted to the State Planning Committee by early 2021 for approval.
“From an optimistic point of view, we hope it will be tabled during the state executive council meeting by February next year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jagdeep said cancellation of the Penang Hill cable car project by the federal government did not hinder the drafting process for the Penang Hill SAP (Substitution).
He said although the RM100 million cable car project was cancelled, the parties represented at the FGD session would continue to seek various options and alternatives to be presented in the SAP.
“We will also have to reimagine, rethink and restrategise our ideas from our last FGD session (held in February this year) because of the incidents that occurred and we have to take these factors into account.
“One of the major factors is the COVID-19 pandemic itself, where we need to ensure that in the SAP, the standard operating procedures can be easily exercised and can withstand the pandemic,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency