GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional unveiled its manifesto for the state, laying out its plans to transform Penang into a world-class tourism and services hub in the region that include reinstating Penang's free-port status.
The manifesto, unveiled by Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow tonight, stated that hub will be the country's modern iconic landmark of stability, tranquility, hospitality, affordability and vibrant economy.
The manifesto laid down five State Key Economic Areas (SKEAs), with the key drivers of economic growth broken down to tourism, cultural assets and innovation, international offshore finance, aquaculture and high-value manufacturing.
To complement this, BN is proposing to establish an international Off-shore Finance Centre (IOFC) in Seberang Perai to boost economic growth and creating new job opportunities.
As for the five State Key Result Areas (SKRAs), its key targets in making Penang a live-able world-class city are a safe and green environment, health care, education, public transportation and affordable housing.
Under the SKRAs, Penang BN pledge to complement the federal government plan to build 20,000 unit of medium-cost and affordable houses and also reintroduce the 'rent and sale' scheme for the low income group.
To resolve the choking traffic congestion, particularly in Penang island, BN is proposing to introduce monorail system, alternative roads and an efficient Penang Rapid bus service as a modern solution to mitigate the growing congestion.
The state BN has also listed its plan to abolish toll collection for motorcycle at the Penang Bridge in the manifesto.
The manifesto also spell out in detail the BN plan intransforming the rural areas, setting up childcare centres every district and provide human resource matching for the married women so that they could re-enter the job market.
The manifesto was unveiled by Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow in Bayan Lepas this evening.
Present were former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and all BN candidates for the 13 parliamentary constituencies and 40 state seats in Penang.
More than 2,000 BN supporters attended the event.
Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow (centre), former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the unveiling of BN Penang manifesto. Pix by Danial Saad