The Tourism and Culture minister Nazri Aziz will push for a cable car linking Penang Hill, the Botanic Gardens and Teluk Bahang.
His ministry will do the necessary to get the RM 325 million needed to build it, The Star online reported.
According to Nazri, his ministry has been applying since two years ago and we will keep putting it in the budget proposals until the government has enough money for it.
He said once oil prices pick up again, he would push for the federal government to give priority to the allocation.
He said the cable car was not only a tourist attraction but also a mode of transportation.
“It will start from the Penang Botanic Gardens.
The first leg goes up to the hill and from there, the passengers can take another cable car to Teluk Bahang.
“It will be faster than driving,” Nazri added.
He said the planned cable car station in Teluk Bahang would be near the Escape theme park and Entopia, formerly Penang Butterfly Farm.
Nazri said visitors to Penang Hill had increased from 200,000 in 2008 to 1.6 million this year.
“We know how badly the cable car is needed. Sooner or later, the price of oil will go up again and we will have the budget for it,” he told reporters after opening The [email protected]
He spoke of the Penang Hill cable car plan in his speech after Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng raised the matter during his speech.
Plans for a Penang Hill cable car had been made since 1990, drawing both positive expectations and fears of over-developing Penang Hill.