The Tourism Ministry will send its officers to check out the controversial RM3.4mil tourist-cum-fishermen’s jetty at the filthy and smelly Sungai Pinang.
Its minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he wanted to find out what had transpired and seek ways to resolve the problem.
“Please don’t pit me against (Natural Resources and Environment Minister) Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid as we both work closely together,” he told newsmen after opening a symposium on Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme here yesterday.
Azmi, who inspected the river recently, criticised the spending of RM21mil to rehabilitate and promote Sungai Pinang as a tourist destination and said that it was a mistake.
Tengku Adnan said the ministry provides allocation for the upgrading and maintenance of tourist spots.
“What happens after that is beyond our jurisdiction. It is up to the local authorities to look after the place,” he said.
For Sungai Pinang, he said the ministry provided the allocation to the Drainage and Irrigation Department.
“Our intention is good as we want to clean up rivers so that they can be used for recreational activities,” he said.
The symposium was held in conjunction with the Penang International Property Expo which ends today at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa).
Feng Shui master David Koh will give a talk in English on “Colours, Real Estate and Feng Shui” at Pisa at 5pm today.
Source : STAR
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