Penang Continues Silicon Island Reclamation Amid Legal Challenge

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The Penang state government is steadfast in its commitment to the Silicon Island reclamation project, spanning 930 hectares, despite facing a lawsuit from local fishermen and environmental groups. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow confirmed that the project’s development would proceed as planned, pending the outcome of the court’s decision regarding the legal challenge initiated by seven fishermen and two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Jaringan Ekologi dan Iklim (JEDI).

Addressing the lawsuit, Chow stated that the state government is currently navigating through the necessary legal processes. With the suit recently filed, the project will continue its operations on site until a court order dictates otherwise. “We are continuing with work at the site because this matter just started, and it needs to go through court processes before any decision can be made. Any action needs to wait for the court’s order, so we wait,” Chow expressed during a media conference.

The Chief Minister’s Office received the legal documents related to the lawsuit on February 13, with case management scheduled for February 19. The State Legal Advisor has been entrusted with the task of representing the state government in this matter and will engage with the parties named in the suit.


The lawsuit seeks a judicial review to contest the planning permission approval granted by the director of the Penang Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) on August 21, 2023, for the expansive reclamation project. Alongside the local fishermen and environmental groups, the Penang PLANMalaysia director, Penang State Planning Committee, Penang state government, and project developer SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd have been named as respondents.

The Silicon Island project represents a significant development for Penang, aiming to bolster the state’s position as a key player in the technology and innovation sectors. However, the legal challenge underscores the need for a balanced approach that considers environmental sustainability and the livelihoods of local communities. As the case unfolds, the Penang state government remains focused on progressing with the project while awaiting the judicial system’s verdict.

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