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Old July 14th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #1
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Penang to launch monorail project by year-end

Penang to launch monorail project by year-end
By Marina Emmanuel
July 14 2007
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THE Penang Government is preparing to launch the state’s monorail project by the end of the year, the project to serve as the backbone for the state’s public transportation network, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said yesterday.

He however, did not disclose the party which has been awarded the contract for the highspeed monorail project, nor details of its approved alignment.

The Penang monorail contract is reportedly worth RM1.6 billion, and said to be one of the largest infrastructure projects on offer on the island.

As many as five companies which include MMC Metrail Sdn Bhd, Melewar Industrial Group Bhd, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd, Penang Port Sdn Bhd and the UEM Group were reported to have submitted bids to build the rail line across the heart of Penang island.

Besides the monorail, Koh also said that the state authorities are planning a coastal highway which will link the current Penang Bridge and the Penang Second Crossing Bridge project.

“The highway will connect to the Jelutong Expressway and Penang Outer Ring Road,” he said when opening the Malaysia Property Exposition 2007 in Penang.

The three-day event, organised by the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Penang branch), features a total of 7,856 property pieces in Penang and Kedah worth about RM2.18 billion.

Saying that Penang was entering into an exciting period of growth with the emergence of the new development projects, Koh said: “There will be enough infrastructure to enable efficient movement of people and goods and these will give a greater surge in boosting the economy.

” He also said that steps were being taken to upgrade the air and sea ports in the next three year s.

“One of the beneficiaries of the impending economic boom,” he added, “will be the housing sector, although developers must be mindful to ensure that property prices do not escalate out of hand in tandem with this growth.”
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How long is that monorail line? The article didn't state that.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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On-again-off-again Penang's LMT come under fire
28 May 2007 - 12:54pm
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Penang monorail project derailed?
Athi Veeranggan(Malaysiakini)
The Penang state government has been accused of being indecisive over the implementation of the proposed RM1.4 billion monorail project in George Town.

Questions are being asked as to when the project will actually kick off, after having been rescheduled a few times in the past.

Critics of Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon have pointed out that he had contradicted himself frequently by making confounding announcements on the proposed project.

“He should refrain from making any statements until when the project is ready for implementation. He should just concentrate in implementing the project,” said Penang DAP secretary Danny Law Heng Kiang.

"His statements are making a mockery out of the project," added Law.

The project was first mooted in November 2003 when Koh told a press conference that the state government had scrapped its plan to introduce the Light Rail Transit (LRT) transport system.

Instead, he announced a RM1.1 billion monorail project was in the pipeline to replace the cancelled LRT project, adding that the monorail route map and alignment, and cost had been finalised.

The monorail project was to start immediately and be operational in 2007.

For the purposes of the project, 3.2 hectares of land in Air Itam, owned by the local municipality, was to be developed into a monorail interchange terminal and new transport hub.

That announcement was made four months before the 2004 general election, prompting opposition parties to criticise Koh of performing electoral publicity stunts.

Another gimmick?

And then in December 2004, Koh told the media that the proposed project had been rescheduled to commence in early 2005 and be completed in 2008.

However, in early 2005, Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy said his ministry had not received any proposal project papers from the Penang government.

At that time Koh did not comment on Chan's statement.

Last November, Koh told the State Legislative Assembly that the monorail project would take off in mid-2007 and be ready in 2010.

And finally, another new development was announced when Koh told the assembly last week that the monorail project would take off in early 2008 and be ready in 2012.

Koh also revealed the project had been undertaken by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, the investment arm of the Finance Ministry.

The proposed 30 to 40km monorail route would link George Town city centre, Air Itam, Paya Terubong, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas and Tanjung Tokong on the Penang island.

The State Economic Planning Unit is studying tender bids from four companies with strong Umno links - Scomi Engineering Bhd, Melewar Industrial Group Bhd, MMC Metrail Sdn Bhd and UEM Group, he added.

Now once again, this latest development has caused concerns among the opposition parties.

Produce details

DAP’s Law thinks Koh’s latest announcement might just be a mere political gimmick to capture the voters' imagination in the coming general election.

He challenged Koh to reveal comprehensive details on the project's market study, environment impact assessment report, land acquisition process, funding, feasibility and privatisation reports.

"If Koh could not produce the details then he should stop making statements to gain political mileage," he said.

Law cautioned that privatisation of the project would spell disaster to the government as it may have to fork out millions from the public coffer to bail out these companies if they incurred huge losses.

"It would be better if the monorail were to be operated by a public enterprise from the start," said Law.

Koh’s office was unable to comment today.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 11:35 PM   #5
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I just hope that the construction of the monorail doesn't obscure the beautiful view of penang's famous colonial-era buildings.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #6
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I just hope that the construction of the monorail doesn't obscure the beautiful view of penang's famous colonial-era buildings.
The plan is to build the monorail over two main streets, and not over the streets in the colonial district.

I believe that old Georgetown will not have any monorail service...in fact, they are looking to bring back the original tram loop....

As for the monorail, the plan is to build it above the main streets, and build stairs, lifts, and escalators in adjoining shophouses...there are lots of empty shophouses that can be gutted, so they can still keep the facade.

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50% of Penangites will use public transport by 2011
Tuesday July 17, 2007


MORE than 50% of Penangites are expected to use public transport by 2011 or 2012.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said he was confident they would do so as se- veral major infrastructure projects would be completed by then.

He said these projects included the monorail, Penang Outer Ring Road and Second Penang Bridge.

He also said that the new inte- grated bus terminal in Butter- worth would be completed in 2010.

Nor Mohamed said the monorail was in the tender process while work on the bridge was expected to begin at the end of the year and be completed in 2011.

He expected productivity to in-crease when these projects were completed as man hours would not be lost due to traffic jams.
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Tuesday July 17, 2007


MORE than 50% of Penangites are expected to use public transport by 2011 or 2012.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said he was confident they would do so as se- veral major infrastructure projects would be completed by then.

He said these projects included the monorail, Penang Outer Ring Road and Second Penang Bridge.

He also said that the new inte- grated bus terminal in Butter- worth would be completed in 2010.

Nor Mohamed said the monorail was in the tender process while work on the bridge was expected to begin at the end of the year and be completed in 2011.

He expected productivity to in-crease when these projects were completed as man hours would not be lost due to traffic jams.
Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR)



Second Penang Bridge



Penang monorail

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Hmmm 18 to 24 miles worth of monorail line, not too bad. Most monorail lines don't go that far, anyhow.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 01:44 PM   #10
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WORK on the RM2 billion Penang Sentral project in mainland Penang will start immediately with the building of a temporary transport terminal in Butterworth.

The comprehensive transportation hub project is undertaken jointly by Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) and Pelaburan Hartanah Bumiputra Bhd.

The finished project will comprise an integrated terminal for rail, road and sea travel.

MRCB group managing director Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said yesterday that the building of the temporary transport terminal was to ensure that bus services are not disrupted when work on the transport and logistics hub begins in January next year.

"It will take us between 30 and 36 months to complete Penang Sentral, which will be similar to our KL Sentral project," he told reporters after the launch of the Penang package of the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth.

The new transportation hub will be located on a 12.8ha site at the existing Butterworth train, bus and ferry terminal and will integrate KTM's rail services, road transport facilities and the ferry services operated by Penang Port.

It is one of several projects aimed at strengthening Penang's role as a logistics hub for the NCER.

Other projects include the upgrading of the Penang port and airport, construction of the Second Penang Bridge, a monorail system and the Penang Outer Ring Road.

Shahril said the hub will also have commercial, retail and residential developments although the nature of the residential properties to be developed will hinge on market demand.

"We have also set aside space at the new terminal site for an expansion upgrade, if the Government decides on a monorail project for mainland Penang," he added.
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Gearing up for next phase of growth
Friday August 3, 2007
By NIK KHUSAIRI IBRAHIM

PENANG is gearing up for the next phase of economic growth through technology, tourism, and transportation (3Ts).

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the 3Ts were the core engines of growth for Penang in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).

“We will be facing tough challenges ahead. We have to maintain what we have achieved so far, and it is going to be tough.

“We are not only maintaining what we have built, we are building new ones as well. We are playing a key role in NCER as the logistic hub,” he said, adding that the three sectors would ascertain the state’s future economic survival.

He said this when opening the Penang Rotary Club’s annual fund-raising project in conjunction with National Day celebration at Prangin Mall on Wednesday.

While playing a major role in getting other states “connected”, Penang had to look into enhancing its role in the tourism and industrial sectors, he added.

Under the leadership of former Chief Minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, Penang made inroads in the electrical and electronic sector 35 years ago with “8 Samurais” (pioneers) setting up their plants here.

“After I took over as Chief Minister, the sector kept growing. Now we have new tasks to fulfil. We need to put out shoulders together to sustain growth for another 50 years,” he said.

On the Rotary Club’s fund-raising campaign, Dr Koh said the aim was to create the largest national flag made of Lego blocks.

“It will take about 30 days to complete the structure made up of thousands of Lego blocks, and it will only take 30 minutes to destroy it,” he said, adding that the creation of the flag required community participation.

“We should remind ourselves to be one at heart to keep the nation strong,” he said.

Project chairman Datuk Tan Gin Soon said contributors had to pay RM2 for every block.

“The proceeds are for seven charity organisations in the state,” he said, adding that the month-long project would end on Aug 31.

The flag is constructed at the mall’s ground floor concourse.
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Scomi: Gen 2 monorail for Penang if we get deal
By Sharen Kaur
October 5 2007


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SCOMI Group Bhd says it has proposed to supply its second generation monorail, known as Gen 2, for the Penang monorail project, if it gets the nod for the deal from the government.

"We have bid for the job and are proposing to supply Gen 2, which is cheaper to operate and maintain," said group chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain.

However, he declined to reveal the value of the bid submitted by Scomi for the project.

The 52km Penang monorail contract is reportedly worth RM1.6 billion, and is one of the largest infrastructure projects on offer on the island.

According to Shah Hakim, the Penang monorail has attracted five bidders and tenders are expected to close on November 14.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) is responsible for the tenders.

Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) group managing director Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said previously that MRCB and consortium members Penang Ports Sdn Bhd and Scomi Group subsidiary MTrans Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd expect to submit their proposal to SPNB in the next few months.

Shahril Ridza also said that SPNB might announce the winning bid by year-end.

Other firms that had bid for the monorail project are Japan's Hitachi Group, Melewar Industrial Group and MMC Metrail Sdn Bhd, a unit linked to tycoon by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
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Scomi Engineering bidding for monorail jobs in over 10 countries
5-10-2007: By Tamimi Omar


Scomi Engineering Bhd has submitted bids for multi-billion monorail projects in over 10 countries, mainly in the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia.

Scomi group chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain said Scomi Engineering stood a good chance of securing the jobs as it had a competitive advantage against its direct rival Hitachi.

"We are getting a lot of interest (from these countries) and our services are cheaper," he told The Edge Financial Daily here yesterday.

In a report recently, Scomi Engineering's senior vice-president Hilmy Zaini Zainal previously said the company had bid for monorail projects in Iran worth RM2.5 billion, Vietnam (RM1.2 billion), Madinah (US$500 million) and in Penang (RM1.2 billion).

Hilmy said Scomi Engineering expected to know the outcome of the four bids in the next six to 12 months.

Shah Hakim said governments were seriously considering using the monorail system, as it was more economical to construct and manage compared to other conventional rail systems and mode of public transport such as buses.

He said: "The monorail system is smaller and light. It minimises land-use and save cost, not too disruptive to road traffic and construction time is faster compared to the LRT (light rail transit) system."

Shah Hakim said Scomi Engineering was planning to build a RM35 million factory to build monorails to meet with demand. He expected the factory to be operational in April 2008.

He said winning the Penang monorail project, the winner of which is expected to be announced by year-end, would go a long way in helping the company win future projects abroad.

"It will look bad for us if we fail to get this (Penang monorail) project. What will other countries think if we cannot even get a project in our country?" Shah Hakim quipped.

He said there were four main groups vying for the RM1.2 billion monorail project. The companies include Melewar Industrial Group Bhd, MMC Corp Bhd and Frazer Nash, Hitachi/Road Builder/IJM, and Scomi Engineering.

Meanwhile, Shah Hakim said Scomi Engineering was planning to have a national launch of its second-generation monorail on Nov 26 to demonstrate the new capacity and capability of the monorails.

He said the second-generation monorails could handle more passengers per day and was more comfortable compared with existing monorails.
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Hopefully this one will be better executed than the South African one. Monorails CAN carry as many people as LRTs and HRTs, and do not have the costs of tunneling that HRT has while being much less obtrusive than elevated LRT.

Unfortunately, so many cities that have implemented it have done it so poorly, and most people blame monorail technology rather than the planners. I could bet money that in 50 years, monorails will be seen as a viable form of mass transit the world over.
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Launching of 2nd generation monorail on November 26!

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Meanwhile, Shah Hakim said Scomi Engineering was planning to have a national launch of its second-generation monorail on Nov 26 to demonstrate the new capacity and capability of the monorails.

He said the second-generation monorails could handle more passengers per day and was more comfortable compared with existing monorails
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Now this I definitely want to see! But sadly, in the middle of exam territory...will have to make sure I get this day off ... and how to get invited to the launching????

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Old October 23rd, 2007, 05:51 PM   #16
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Penang bus service: Look beyond the monorail system
By : EDMUND CAREW, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia




Ready to serve the commuters of Penang.

THE Malaysian government deserves congratulations for implementing an air-conditioned RapidPenang urban bus service on July 31.

The buses ride well and although one of the two luggage areas can be dispensed with for extra seating, they are well designed.

On the first day (Aug 1), there were a few glitches. The drivers seemed to have trouble working out how to close the doors properly, causing numerous 30-second delays. The plastic seats are uncomfortable for hour-long island journeys.

While land may be at a premium at Weld Quay, why doesn’t each bus route have its own bus bay as is the norm overseas?

If space is a problem, two routes could share a bay. There were no bus timetables at any stop. Even if "memory" timetables are in use (every 20 minutes at say 12, 32 and 52 minutes past the hour), travellers need to know the timetable pattern.
Many turn up at stops without time to telephone or check the Internet for timetable information.

For Penang’s longer-term planning, why is the government persisting with a monorail system? Monorails are aesthetically ugly and do not carry the numbers that heavy rail systems can.

Isn’t it possible to at least consider the feasibility of a heavy-rail metro system for the island, similar to Singapore’s? The technology is proven worldwide.

Tuesday was a great start for Penang but growing traffic congestion means that metros or other forms of heavy rail systems are the only long-term answer.
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50% of Penangites will use public transport by 2011
Tuesday July 17, 2007


MORE than 50% of Penangites are expected to use public transport by 2011 or 2012.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said he was confident they would do so as se- veral major infrastructure projects would be completed by then.

He said these projects included the monorail, Penang Outer Ring Road and Second Penang Bridge.

He also said that the new inte- grated bus terminal in Butter- worth would be completed in 2010.

Nor Mohamed said the monorail was in the tender process while work on the bridge was expected to begin at the end of the year and be completed in 2011.

He expected productivity to in-crease when these projects were completed as man hours would not be lost due to traffic jams.
Yeah, RIGHT. Seriously, what kind of a nonsense statement is that? Penang has ~1.5 million, and they're just now implementing their first mass transit line. Compare to Kyoto - exactly the same population, higher density, significantly more public transport, and much lower than 50% transit use.

Unless, of course, he means that 50% would use transit at *some point in their lives*.
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Yeah, RIGHT. Seriously, what kind of a nonsense statement is that? Penang has ~1.5 million, and they're just now implementing their first mass transit line. Compare to Kyoto - exactly the same population, higher density, significantly more public transport, and much lower than 50% transit use.

Unless, of course, he means that 50% would use transit at *some point in their lives*.
hahah in Malaysia, "public transport" also includes ferries, express buses, municipal public transit, and taxies.

So it is the broadest definition possible...50% will use ferries, express buses, municipal public transit and/or taxies at *some point in their lives*

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The Penang monorail will be part of the integrated public transport system


PENANG: For most Penangites, the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) project they are most keen to see succeed is the integrated public transport system. One can hardly blame them considering that they have been plagued by years of never-ending traffic congestions, taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter and an inefficient bus system.

Thus, the monorail, alongside the RM2.7bil second bridge linking Batu Maung on the island to Batu Kawan on the mainland, Penang Outer Ring Road and Rapid Penang are highly anticipated projects under the NCER. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Institute of Graduate Studies deputy dean Assoc Prof Dr Ambigapathy Pandian opined that by improving the state’s accessibility especially with an efficient monorail system, Penang can become the region’s education hub.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Institute of Graduate Studies deputy dean Assoc Prof Dr Ambigapathy Pandian opined that by improving the state’s accessibility especially with an efficient monorail system, Penang can become the region’s education hub. “USM currently has students from more than 70 countries. With better infrastructure and an efficient public transportation system, we can expect more foreign and local students from other states coming to study at our learning institutions,” he said.

Prof Dr Ambigapathy, who is a National Higher Education Research Institute fellow, said the authorities must ensure that the monorail stations are conveniently located near housing estates, educational institutions, shopping haunts, transportation centres and tourist attractions.

The NCER’s logistics and infrastructure projects, if successfully implemented and maintained, will make Penang more liveable and bring about an improved quality of life. “This is important if we are to attract investors, k-workers and foreigners for the Malaysia My Second Home programme,” she said.

Recently, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop had said that more than 50% of Penangites were expected to use public transport by 2011 or 2012 as several major infrastructure projects would be completed by then.
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Scomi bidding for RM6b monorail jobs
By Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2007/11/26
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At home, Scomi has proposed in its submitted bid in mid-November that its newly-launched Sutra be used for the Penang monorail project

SCOMI Group Bhd, which launched its second generation monorail yesterday, is bidding for some RM6 billion worth of monorail contracts at home and abroad, its top official said.


Chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaluddin said the group is in discussions to supply monorails to countries such as India, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and South Korea, through alliances.

At home, it is vying for the Penang monorail project, in partnership with Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd and Penang Ports Sdn Bhd.

Scomi submitted a bid in mid-November, proposing that its newly-launched Sutra (Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application) monorail be used, group chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain said.

"We understand there are four bidders (for the contract), so we have a 25 per cent chance," he said, speaking to reporters after the launch yesterday.

He declined to reveal the value of the bid submitted, saying only that depending on the configuration, it could cost anything between RM67 million to RM100.5 million per kilometre.

Tenders for the 52km Penang monorail contract, reportedly worth RM1.6 billion, closed on November 14.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who officiated the launch, was non-committal when asked when the Government would announce the winning bid.

"I wouldn't know exactly when, we'll have to check," he said, declining also to reveal if it would be within this year, as widely anticipated.

Najib said Scomi was in "a very competitive position" to secure jobs locally with the Sutra monorail given the fact that it was developed at home and had high local content.

The Sutra monorail, on which Scomi invested RM35 million, was developed at its manufacturing plant in Rawang in just a year.

The group wants to export the Sutra, especially to cities in Asia. In Malaysia, it also sees prospects for the monorail in densely populated cities such as Johor Baru, Batu Pahat and Malacca.

"Our goal is to establish ourselves a strong position in the rail industry, a plan which we will execute over the next five years with our current and future products," Asmat said.

According to Shah Hakim, there has been huge interest in monorails from Asian cities in the last eight to 12 months, mainly because of rapid urbanisation and the increasingly high cost of oil.

Monorails, he said, are an effective transportation solution, with a set of six-car trains helping take off 17 buses from the road.
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