BUTERWORTH: Construction work on the second Penang bridge is on track and it would be completed in 2011 as scheduled, said Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
“The project is on-going and we will hold on to the 2011 completion date,” he told newsmen after handing over house keys to tsunami victims in Kuala Muda here yesterday.
The RM4.3bil bridge, which will link Batu Maung on Penang island and Batu Kawan in Seberang Prai Selatan was scheduled to be ready on Jan 1, 2011.
However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced on April 22 that the bridge would be delayed by nine months due to land acquisition, design and rising costs.
This prompted talk that the Federal Government was reviewing the project with an intention of scrapping it.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was also present at the event yesterday, said that the bridge would play a vital role in attracting foreign investors to the state.
“Early this week, a Japanese company that has invested RM1.2bil here expressed its concern about the completion of the bridge.
“We hope with the help of Tan Sri (Nor Mohamed), we can give them an assurance that the project would be carried out and thus attract more foreign investors to the state.http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi ... sec=nation