Chow Kon Yeow says these groups must be appreciated for safeguarding the city's cultural heritage.
Penang exco says the survey on the building's future will continue for another month.
He says private funding cannot be the sole reason for implementing the project.
The Kulim airport will be a rival for cargo service, notes Penang CM Chow.
Though a federal agency, its operations will be managed by the Penang Development Corp, says CM.
Chow Kon Yeow spoke on the Penang Transport Master Plan to the business radio station.
Chow appeared to backtrack over earlier claim that the project was approved by the NPPC.
LETTER | The chief minister needs to re-look the handling of CMI, PSR, undersea tunnel and highways.
His statement comes after Penang CM says the project has been given the go-ahead by the NPPC.
Chow Kon Yeow concedes there was an oversight in the project's DEIA report.
CM Chow Kon Yeow says the project is awaiting conditional approval from the Transport Ministry.
Meena Raman points out that building more roads does not solve traffic problems in the long run.
UPDATED 11AM | CM says the conditional approval for the project by the DOE marks a 'major milestone'.
This is for the sake of 'credibility, checks and balances,' says Edmund Terence Gomez.
The committee comprises the CM, the two DCMs, the state secretary and state financial officer.
Chow Kon Yeow urges newspaper to rectify report to avoid confusion among stakeholders.
Regardless, Chow Kon Yeow says the state will intensify its search for new investors.