Intensive cloud seeding in the works to force rain

Intensive cloud seeding in the works to force rain

ALOR SETAR: Cloud-seeding is to be intensified this month over water catchments and dams nationwide as the drought brought on by the El Nino phenomenon continues.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Madius Tangau said today cloud-seeding had to be carried out daily as the cumulus clouds conducive for the purpose were still present.

“It is critical for us to increase the volume of water in the dams and catchments in a short time,” he said, adding that there would be no cumulus clouds during the South-West Monsoon from June to September.

The country had only received 16% of the usual rainfall and there was an urgent need for cloud-seeding, he said at the launch of a ministry science carnival at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jerlun.

In Ipoh, the Perak government has agreed to channel water from the Bukit Merah Dam to drought-hit agricultural areas in Selinsing and Gunung Semanggol from Sunday.

State Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee Chairman Zainol Fadzi Paharudin said the decision was taken at a meeting on the rescheduling of irrigation water, chaired by Kerian Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA) Director Zahimi Hassan.

He also said that IADA would request the Meteorological Department to continue cloud-seeding operations in the catchments until the water in the Bukit Merah Dam reached 7.62m from the warning level of 7.01m.

In Nibong Tebal, the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) asked the Federal Government to gazette rainwater catchments to avert a water supply crisis during drought.

Chief executive officer Jaseni Maidinsa said it would be futile to build large dams if there were no gazetted water catchments to supply the raw water.

– BERNAMA

Penang’s ‘PKR 5’ uncertain if they will abstain again

Penang’s ‘PKR 5’ uncertain if they will abstain again

GEORGE TOWN: The infamous Penang “PKR 5” assemblymen are non-committal whether they will abstain from voting again on a new Umno motion on reclamation that will come up for debate in the state assembly.

Bukit Tengah assemblyman and PKR chief whip Ong Chin Wen said “nothing has been decided” and they will only do so when the debate commences.

“That one … I will reserve comments. We will wait until the debate,” he said when reporters asked if the PKR 5 will abstain from voting again.

Ong said their stand on the previous abstention on an Umno motion remained.

Umno’s Pulau Betong representative Muhammad Farid Saad has proposed a similar motion to the one he made last year.

His proposed motion is to “urge the state government to cancel reclamation works involving some 4,000 acres at the south of Penang Island and seek alternative financing for the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan”.

Farid’s motion has been given the nod for debate by state Speaker Law Choo Kiang.

The five assemblymen — by Ong, Cheah Kah Peng (Kebun Bunga), Dr Norela Ariffin (Penanti), Dr T Jayabalan (Batu Uban) and Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubuk) – had chosen to abstain during voting on a motion on land reclamation tabled by Farid during the final day of the state assembly sitting on Nov 27 last year.

Speaker Law Choo Kiang rejected the motion after 23 assemblymen voted against the motion, 10 voted for and the “PKR 5” abstained.

DAP assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu also voted for the motion. But he later apologised for doing so at a press conference after the state assembly sitting.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had criticised the “PKR 5”, saying the abstention was a betrayal to the state.

The five had then responded by saying it was a vote of “conscience”.

DAP man’s two-term limit for CMship motion rejected

DAP man’s two-term limit for CMship motion rejected

GEORGE TOWN: The motion to restrict the chief ministership to two terms has been rejected by the state legislative assembly, says maverick DAP Tanjung Bungah assembyman Teh Yee Cheu.

“I’m not disappointed. I’m going to try again in the next sitting later this year.

“I wanted to debate on this tenure for the good of all,” he told reporters after the opening of the fourth term of the Penang Legislative Assembly here today.

Teh said he was informed in writing about the rejection from state assembly Speaker Law Choo Kiang.

Teh added that if he was given a chance, he would ask Parliament to limit the terms of lawmakers to two terms.

“But it is too bad that the law does not allow term limits,” he said.

Teh had proposed that the tenure for the post of chief minister be limited to two terms.

This was the second time he had made such a proposal, with the earlier one obtaining more nays than yeas in the assembly.

He said the term limit for chief ministership was needed to rejuvenate the leadership and avoid cronyism.

Teh submitted the proposal to the Constitutional Committee of the State Legislative Assembly, which is headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

However, Teh’s proposal was met with fierce opposition from his own party men.

Berapit DAP chairman Ang Tun Keat and 50 other veteran DAP members sounded off Teh for “attacking his own party”, telling him to resign if he continued to carry on with his ways.

Teh however retaliated saying DAP was a democratic party and “we could exchange our opinions and views.”

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

Exco: RM305m for study on Penang tunnel within limits

GEORGE TOWN: The RM305 million cost to undertake a study on the 7.2km Penang undersea tunnel and paired roads project is reasonable, says State Executive Councillor Lim Hock Seng.

“This cost is not just for feasibility studies, but also detailed designs and environmental impact assessment. It is only 5.5% of the total cost of the project.

“We are an open book and if federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan wants, he can inspect them through our Freedom of Information Act,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim was responding to the “Seven Questions” raised by Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan last Friday on the tunnel and paired roads project. Lim provided reporters a seven-page rebuttal to the questions.

Lim said tunnel builders Konsortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith-BUCG) had won the contract for the study, beating 60 other companies.

The workings of the study and other cost matters were also audited by independent consultant engineers.

Lim said out of the total RM6.3 billion cost of the project, RM305 million was for the feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact studies, RM540 million was for land acquisition and RM5.5 billion was for construction.

Lim said the cost of the study on the three paired road projects was RM31.2 million and for the tunnel, RM20 million.

Rahman had earlier accused the Penang Government of allowing the project contractor to profit through a 30-year road toll and the sale of lucrative reclaimed waterfront land worth RM6.3 billion.

Rahman, who is also minister for urban wellbeing and housing, had said the true cost of the projects could reach RM20 billion.

Lim however said the RM6.3 billion value for the land was the future pricing as prices would appreciate with time.

“The Penang Government knows the land was valued at RM457 per square feet by the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Management division in 2014.

“The consortium is building a RM6.3 billion project. So we gave 110 acres of land which would cost that much in the years to come.”

On the 30-year concession to Zenith-BUCG to collect tolls from the tunnel, Lim said this was necessary to avoid losses from other island-mainland crossings.

“The tolls will also offset the negative impact from users of the second bridge. The toll will most likely match that of the second bridge.”

Zenith-BUCG is a joint venture consortium between Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Co Ltd, together with Beijing Urban Construction Group, Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and Juteras Sdn Bhd.

The project is part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which aims to build a network of new roads and public transport lines.