Update Story: Penang Ferry Will Continue To Run
Most of us have used the Penang Ferry in the past and to see it being discontinued is certainly disheartening. According to a couple of news portals, the federal government is considering replacing the ferries with pedestrian-only catamarans. The ferries are apparently prone to breakdowns and cost a bomb to maintain.
Within 10-12 months, the current ferry terminal will be replacing the Rapid Ferry with the waterbus. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong mentioned that statistics showed only 200,000 vehicles use the ferry services while 1.2 million were pedestrians. Hence, their top priority now is to cater to commuters who use the ferry to get to work on a daily basis.
The ferry terminal will be refurbished to provide comfort for the passengers with an air-conditioned lobby. While the catamarans will be modern boats for both pedestrians and light vehicles, Malaysian netizens are sad to see the iconic ferries go.
The Finance Ministry just confirmed 17 December that the iconic Penang Ferry will in fact be CONTINUED! Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said that the government approved RM30 million to the Port of Penang to take over the ferry service. The allocations will be made in 2 annual installments which was approved in the Supply Bill (RUU) 2021.