8TH PM MEETS 7TH PM? ANWAR HAS CLOSED-DOOR TALK WITH DR MAHATHIR, SAYS THEY DISCUSSED FISHERMEN’S PROTEST AGAINST PENANG SOUTH RECLAMATION PROJECT: BUT IN THE FIRST PLACE, IT’S PUTRAJAYA THAT SHOULD HELP FUND PENANG’S TRAFFIC WOES – NOT KEEP MONEY ONLY FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS & FAVORED STATES

ANWAR Ibrahim has discussed with Dr Mahathir Mohamad his plan to meet the fishermen who protested at Parliament yesterday about land reclamation in Penang, during a meeting with the Prime Minister at his office in Putrajaya today.

The Port Dickson MP said he raised the complaints of Penang fisherman objecting to the controversial Penang South Reclamation project (PSR).

“The land reclamation project will have a major impact on the environment and affect their lives,” he said in a Facebook post today.

“I told the Prime Minister of my intention to the meet the protesting villagers.”

Anwar’s meeting with Dr Mahathir comes a day after 200 fishermen from Perak and Penang, as well as environmental campaigners, staged a protest about the PSR outside parliament.

PSR involves the development of three man-made islands, with parts of the islands to be put up for sale.

Proceeds from the sales will be used to fund projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan, a RM49 billion endeavour aimed at resolving Penang Island’s traffic woes.

The protesters, dressed in white, gathered as early as 8am at the National Monument before making their way to the Parliament building.

They carried banners and placards that read: “Pemaju makan ikan, nelayan makan tulang” (Developers eat fish, fishermen eat bones), “Tolak tambak Pulau Pinang selatan (reject PSR), “Lautan adalah kehidupan” (The sea is life) and “Reformasi bukan reklamasi” (Reform is not reclamation), and sang the national anthem as they marched.

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