Redevelopment for PDC’s landed housing project at Pintasan Cecil and Pengkalan Weld

October 19th, 2020 No comments 中文版

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The State Government through the Urban Redevelopment Committee (URC)  is advised to implement redevelopment for housing projects owned by the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) around Pintasan Cecil and Weld Quay.

Pengkalan Kota State Assemblyman (ADUN), Danial Gooi Zi Sen said, the move is appropriate as the housing projects are developed with a less conducive design.

“It is known that these housing projects were developed during the development period of the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) project and the design is not very conducive.

Since these projects are landed (landed), it make sense for the State Government to consider the implementation of redevelopment taking into account the density factor.

“Additional facilities should also be included if the development of stratified housing can be studied and considered,” he said when debating the Development Budget Bill 2021 during the 14th Penang State Legislative Assembly at Dewan Sri Pinang, last week.

Zi Sen added that the State Government is also advised to study the implementation of incentive schemes especially for the owners of dilapidated buildings around the George Town area, especially on the dilapidated and abandoned Victoria Street.

“This incentive is believed to help nurture and encourage maintenance, carry out business or residential activities can be carried out in the dilapidated abandoned buildings,” he added.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


Gurney Wharf project to start work in early 2021

October 17th, 2020 No comments 中文版


The construction works for the components of the Gurney Wharf project are scheduled to take place early next year.

Penang Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the construction works for the entire project would take about two years.

“We hope that the public can enjoy some of the components after the first year.

“We want to expedite the project for the people of Penang.

“The Penang government has appointed Tanjung Pinang Development Sdn Bhd (TPD) as the project management office (PMO) for the project, since the company is currently managing the land reclamation works of Seri Tanjung Pinang 2 (STP2) that has been approved by the Department of Environment (DoE).

“The state is in the process of appraising and appointing the consultants for the Gurney Wharf project,” he replied to the oral question by Lee Chun Kit (PH-Pulau Tikus) during the State Legislative Assembly in Dewan Sri Pinang today.

The Gurney Wharf project is a proposed seafront public park to be located on part of the 131.09 acres of reclaimed land, off Gurney Drive.

Out of the 131.09 acres of land, about 40 acres are allocated for public facilities.

Jagdeep said the state is committed to provide green and open spaces for the public to enjoy.

Among the components of the Gurney Wharf project, Jagdeep mentioned, are a promenade, a children’s playground, a viewing deck, a skate park, open space parking lots, and ramp facilities for the disabled.

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Source: Buletin Mutiara


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Penang to call for RFP for Penang Hill cable car project next month

October 16th, 2020 4 comments


The Penang government, through the Penang Hill Corporation, will issue a Request For Proposal (RFP) likely next month for its proposed Penang Hill cable car project.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (PH – Padang Kota) told the State Legislative Assembly in Dewan Sri Pinang today that project would be implemented with the cooperation of the private sector through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

“This cable car project is expected to take three to four years to complete and ready for operation,” Chow said when replying to an oral question by Lim Guan Eng (PH – Air Putih) who wanted to know the status of the project.

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“The project was approved by the Federal Government under the 2020 Budget in October 2019.

“However, the Ministry of Finance through a letter dated April 3, 2020 stated that the application was not considered by the ministry and cannot be continued.

“On behalf of the Penang government, I had submitted an appeal on June 10 this year to the ministry to review and reconsider the allocation application for the proposed Penang Hill cable car project.

“But until today, we have not received any response from the ministry.”

Penang was initially given an allocation of RM100 million by the Federal Government to build the Penang Hill cable car project under 2020 Budget on Oct 11 when Lim was then the Finance Minister.

This was, however, withdrawn following a change of the Federal Government with Perikatan Nasional taking over Putrajaya from Pakatan Harapan in February.

Chow said under the 11th Malaysia Plan, the total number of Federal Government projects approved for Penang under 2020 Budget until Aug 2 is 167 projects with a total cost of RM14.9 billion.

“These projects consist of 126 new projects with a cost of RM10.52 billion and 41 extension projects with a cost of RM4.38 billion. Out of the 167 projects, 148 are physical and 19 non-physical.”

The breakdown of the 167 Federal Government approved projects is as follows: planning (13), according to schedule (122), completed (25), behind schedule (6) and ‘ill’ (1).

Lim, in a supplementary question, also wanted to know whether there was any reason given by the Federal Government for the cancellation of the Penang Hill cable car project.

In addition to that, he said the previous Pakatan Harapan Federal Government had guaranteed a RM10 billion loan for the Penang Transport Master Plan to help reduce traffic congestion in the state.

He asked whether its cancellation has anything to do with ‘revenge’ by the current PN Federal Government.

Chow said until now there was no good news from the Federal Government for Penang and the state had already followed up with an appeal to the ministry and prime minister.

The appeal is also to obtain the loan or bond guarantee from the Federal Government so that the state could carry out the public transportation project.

He also said the state would want that the projects to be included under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“The 12th Malaysia Plan is not finalised yet; it’s only in January 2021. We still hope that because of the importance of the projects, the Federal Government will consider them.

“With the situation now, Penang cannot just sit and wait. We need a final decision so that we can take alternative action,” Chow said.

Source: Buletin Mutiaria


UPCOMING: Jelutong / Dutamas Permai Sdn. Bhd.

October 16th, 2020 No comments


Yet another proposed highrise residential development by Dutamas Permai Sdn. Bhd. (Airmas Group) at Jelutong. Strategically located on a 1.3-acre land along the ever-bustling Jalan Jelutong, next to newly completed Artis 3 condominium by the same company. It is less than 10 minutes drive from Penang Bridge, about 4km away from KOMTAR. Other communities within 1km radius include The H2O Condominium, Straits Garden Suite, Grace Residence and Urban Suites.

This development will feature a 29-storey condominium offering 161 residential units with 7 levels of car parking podium.

The project is pending for approval. More details to be available upon official launch.

Project Name : (to be confirmed)
Location : Jelutong
Property Type : Condominium
Land Area: 1.29 acres
Land Tenure: Freehold
Built-up Area: 
(to be confirmed)
Total Units 
Developer :
Dutamas Permai Sdn. Bhd. (Airmas Group)

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PTMP projects to kick off only after obtaining approvals

October 16th, 2020 5 comments


The Penang government has reiterated that the projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) would only start after the respective projects obtained the approvals.

State Transport and Infrastructure Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari (PH-Tanjong Bunga) said the Penang government would not start any of the project without first obtaining the required approval.

“We will also ensure that the conditions imposed are complied with,” he replied the oral question raised Ong Khan Lee (PH-Kebun Bunga) during the Penang State Legislative Assembly in Dewan Sri Pinang today.

Zairil said the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project had been presented to the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) on April 18 last year and the council had imposed 18 points of advice to be adhered to.

“The PSR project has received the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval on June 25 last year with 72 conditions. The project has also obtained the approval letter for its Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report from PLAN Malaysia on Aug 27 last year.

“In general, the PSR project has obtained all the mandatory approvals that are required from the Federal Government. The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) report, which is one of the 72 conditions imposed, has been submitted to the Department of Environment (DoE) on July 17 and is still awaiting approval,” he said.

Zairil added that Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) had been chosen as the lead masterplan designer for the PSR project after winning the Penang South Islands International Masterplan Design Competition.

As for the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (BL LRT) project, Zairil said the Phase One of the project had obtained the EIA approval on Feb 21 this year with 63 conditions.

“The Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) report has been approved on Aug 28 while the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report was approved on June 19. The BL LRT project has also obtained the conditional approval on July 18 last year.

Zairil said the Pan Island Link I (PIL I) project, which is another component of the PTMP, had obtained the EIA report approval with 56 conditions on April 10 last year.

“The Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) report was approved by the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) on Aug 24, 2018,” he said.

Zairil said the project delivery partner (PDP) SRS Consortium is currently working on the PTMP financial architecture.

As for the three paired roads project, Zairil said the roads project had obtained the EIA report approval on Nov 7, 2017 with 59 conditions.

“Works have started on the 5.7km Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass (Package Two) on Oct 31 last year.

“The project contractor is finalising the detailed design amendments for Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang paired road (Package One) and the Gurney Drive-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass (Package Three).

“The Penang government is still reviewing the draft of the feasibility study report that was submitted by Consortium Zenith Construction (CZC),” he said.

He added that no land was transferred to fund the feasibility study for the undersea tunnel.

“The only land transferred was for the feasibility study and detailed design for the three paired roads project,” he stressed.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


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