Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tourism Ministry To Demolish The Unsafe Aches At Botanic Gardens

The Tourism Ministry is ready to demolish the two aches built near the entrance of the Penang Botanical Gardens if the technical report shows that they are unsafe.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said that according to the non-governmental organisation (NGO) report, there was a tilt on one of the two arches.

"Public safety is paramount. If it is not safe, we will demolish it and who takes the blame is secondary," she told reporters after meeting representatives of the NGOs here on Monday.

It was reported last Saturday that work on the two arches, which are part of a RM7 million project by the ministry to expand the Botanical Gardens, was temporarily stopped following news reports that one of the arches appeared to be tilting.

Dr Ng said the ministry had instructed the contractor to provide the technical report on the arches within a week.

"At the same time, we have requested the NGO group to come back to us with very firm detailed recommendations for the project so that we can consider," she said.

She said that in future, all projects must get the recommendation and consultation from the relevant NGOs to obtain approval from the ministry.

"We want to work closely with the NGOs to avoid any protest on government projects in future," she said.

Source : Bernama
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