We shall be looking at this important politically appointed advisory group of twenty nominated men and two women in the weeks ahead to see if an independent analysis might help our readers come up with ideas to help Penang do better. We hope to be able to share with out readers all reports and recommendations coming out of this group and passed on to the State government or other institutions since 2012.
The Penang Transport Council website states its mission as follows: “To adopt a new vision-paradigm in tackling transport – one that moves people away from over-dependence on private transport to a more economically and ecologically sustainable public transportation system.”
The following text is taken as is from the PTC site at http://ptc.penang.gov.my
“The Penang Transport Council |is a body constituted by the Penang State Executive Council in 2006 for the purpose of improving transportation in the state of Penang. The PTC is an advisory council and consists of representatives from state and local governments, experts in transport planning and management from professional organizations and institutes of higher learning, and members of the public representing civil society.
“The council shall offer advice, comments and suggestions to the proper authorities on all issues of transportation in the state of Penang. Members do not receive any remuneration for participation in the council.
“Members of the council were officially appointed for a period of two years in July 10, 2011 by the then Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng. The council has formed task forces to study various transport issue and make policy recommendations.”
We shall in the coming weeks invite articles and comments on the contributions and composition of this group, at a time when Penang greatly needs all the wise counsel and broad participation and support to overcome the problems of their seriously underperforming transportation arrangements.
Next up: Composition of the membership of the Council.
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* The reader may find some interest in the related articles which appear here under this heading – https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/tag/governance/
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