No need EIA approval for land swap payment, Penang says

Looi Sue-Chern

General view of the reclamation work at Sri Tanjung Pinang where the Penang Undersea Tunnel will be constructed. The 7.2km tunnel will connect Butterworth, Seberang Perai in the east to George Town, Penang Island in the west. – The Malaysian Insight pic by David ST Loh, January 29, 2018.

THE Penang government today explained why it paid Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd, the undersea tunnel and highways project contractor, RM208 million via land swap before the technical studies were completed and EIA (environmental impact assessment) approved.

State traffic management exco Chow Kon Yeow said everything followed the RFP (request for proposal) signed with the contractor.

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