14 Feb '18, 5am

Scrap the Samy Vellu tunnel; focus on BRT, rail links, new app

Scrap the Samy Vellu tunnel; focus on BRT, rail links, new app

4 SHARES Whatsapp Facebook Twitter Email Print RSS feed It is time for Penang to scrap the Samy Vellu tunnel. Why do I call it the Samy Vellu tunnel? Because the idea for a bridge-tunnel in Penang was first mooted by then Works Minister Samy Vellu in 2001 – yes, 17 years ago. Back then, I wrote a piece (‘The Parking Lot of the Orient’) for Aliran Monthly opposing the construction of 9.2km undersea road link estimated at a cost of RM2.3bn from Bagan Ajam on the mainland to Bagan Jermal (near Gurney Drive)on the island as it would choke the island with cars. As things turned out, the tunnel idea was scrapped. Instead of a tunnel, a second bridge was built from Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the island. (In the process, a certain well-connected firm bought hundreds of acres of would-be choice land in Batu Kawan when the state was under BN rule). The Samy Vellu id...

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