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Penang does not oppose Kedah international airport proposal

Malaysia's Penang state government did not oppose the application by the Kedah state government to build an international airport in the northern zone of Kulim, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia's Penang state government did not oppose the application by the Kedah state government to build an international airport in the northern zone of Kulim, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said the state government did not want to comment on the proposal as it was between the Kedah state government and the Federal government. However, he hoped the proposal was not an excuse to sideline the Penang International Airport.

"In the event they want an international airport, there is no need to give an unfair reason by criticising the Penang International Airport," he told reporters here on Wednesday (Aug 13).

He was commenting on a statement by Kedah Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir, who expressed the need for an international airport in the north because of traffic congestion at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.

Lim said there would be opposition if the proposal is used to replace the Penang International Airport or used as an excuse to prevent the upgrading or expansion of Penang's airport.

He said the Penang state government's proposal to expand the Penang International Airport will be brought up with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar during the discussion of the 11th Malaysia Plan which will be launched in 2016.