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PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards sets key dates for 2021 Asia Pacific gala series

Property News/ 24 June 2021 No comments

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PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, the region’s leading real estate awards programme, presents key dates and event formats for the 2021 Awards season.

In the past year, the programme has maintained the prestige of hosting successful awards celebrations albeit the global outbreak. By taking the pandemic situation and safety protocols into account, the organisers have set up a series of virtual, physical, and/or hybrid events specially curated for each country.

Now, as the vaccinations have begun to roll out and the number of infected patients has started to peter out across the region, the 2021 gala series moves forward with the formats adapted for each country.

PropertyGuru’s 2021 Awards season will commence with a virtual ceremony in Indonesia on 14 October, followed by Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Chinese territories (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau).

The highly awaited 16th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final Virtual Gala on 9 December will begin by presenting the final country awards to Sri Lanka, India, Greater Niseko, and Australia before crowning the best developers, developments, and designs in Asia Pacific.

The 8th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) dates are as follows:

Health and safety protocols mandated by each country will remain in place leading up to and on the day of the physical galas. Meanwhile, Jack Prinya and Kelly Jones-Purves will return as this year’s emcees for the virtual red carpet and gala presentations.

Jules Kay, Managing Director of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, said: “The success of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards when we launched the region’s first online gala series last year, highlighted the resilience of the Asia Pacific real estate market, and the strength and determination of the companies and professionals behind the region’s many new developments.

This year, as we navigate the ongoing challenges brought about by the global pandemic, our regional gala events will continue to prioritise the health of judges, partners, guests, and production teams by integrating the same physical precautions and virtual benefits we applied in 2020 to keep everyone safe as we celebrate and share the property industry’s biggest success stories.”

Organised by Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, PropertyGuru Group, the 16th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; gold sponsors Boysen, Hafele, JLL, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, and Mitsubishi; silver sponsors Dulux Professional and Jotun; official portal partners PropertyGuru.com.sg, PropertyGuru.com.my, DDproperty.com, Rumah.com, Batdongsan.com.vn; official cable TV partner History Channel; official magazine PropertyGuru Property Report; supporting association Green Building Consulting & Engineering; official charity partner Right To Play; official ESG partner Baan Dek Foundation; and official supervisor HLB. Penang Property Talk is one of the official media partners for this leading real estate awards series.

The 2021 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards is currently open for nominations. Interested participants can register at awardentrysystem.com/register/. Companies looking to sponsor the events can get in touch at asiapropertyawards.com/sponsorship/.

For more information, email awards@propertyguru.com or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com.

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Old Penang ferries will be back for pleasure cruises soon

Property News/ 23 June 2021 1 comment

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Those who miss the old Penang ferries that were retired earlier this year will get a chance to ride on them again this year – on pleasure cruises.

The Penang Port Commission, the federal government body that owns the ferries, said today several companies have been given a 10-year lease contract to manage the five vessels.

Of the five vessels, one will be a floating museum, two will be restaurants and the other two will be used for pleasure cruises.

PPC chairman Tan Teik Cheng said the companies were selected as part of a request for proposal exercise which began on Jan 29.

The companies were also given an option to extend their lease for another five years on top of their 10-year lease.

The ferries will be handed over to them from July 1.

“We would like to ensure that these five iconic Penang ferries continue to be seen in our waters and continue to be a tourism pull for Penang and stimulate the state’s economy,” he said when contacted.

Tan said there were originally six old ferries in the fleet, with one of them given up to the state government.

The old ferries were retired before the vehicular-cum-passenger ferry service was ended earlier this year to make way for fast boats.

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday.com

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Free ferry rides from July onwards for six months

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The Penang state government has allocated an estimated RM468,000 to pay for the ferry fares of all Malaysian foot passengers for the next six months.

Infrastructure and Transport Committee Chairman Zairil Khir Johari said all Malaysians using the ferry service will be able to use it for free from July 1 onwards.

“The state government will be funding the ferry fees for all Malaysian foot passengers with an allocation of about RM78,000 for about 65,000 tickets per month,” he said in a statement today.

He said the move is to encourage more people to use the ferry service and to relieve the financial burden of those negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysian ferry passengers need only scan their MyKad at the Penang Port Sdn Bhd’s MyKad scanner before boarding the ferry to ride for free.

“This proposal is an extension of the My30 journey pass that was launched in March to fund Rapid Penang bus fares for those who signed up for the pass,” he said.

He said with the free ferry rides, both land and water public transport in the state will be at no cost for local users.

“We hope that by providing free ferry rides at this critical time, it will be able to reduce the costs of transportation for those who use the ferry daily,” he said.

Source: MalayMail.com

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10 construction sites ordered to cease operation in Penang since June 1

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A total of 150 construction sites nationwide have been ordered to close since June 1 for failing to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.

The Works Ministry said in a statement that the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had inspected a total of 2,423 construction sites, with 446 (18%) of them operating and 1,977 (82%) not operational.

“Of the 446 sites that were operating, 150 (34%) of them did not comply with the SOP. The ministry takes a serious view of the high percentage of SOP non-compliance at the construction sites because it is a matter of great concern and will jeopardise the objectives of the MCO in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

“The ministry wants all contractors to be committed to ensuring construction sites and placement of workers comply with the SOP, including making sure they have undergone screening tests and are confirmed to be free of the virus before being allowed to work at the sites,” the statement added.

The ministry also said that of the 150 construction sites closed, 45 were located in Sarawak; Selangor (24); Melaka (16); Penang (10); Terengganu (10); Sabah (9); Johor (7); Kuala Lumpur and Pahang (6 each); Perak (5); Kedah and Negeri Sembilan (four each); Perlis (3); and Kelantan (one).

However, 11 of the construction sites that were ordered to close have been allowed to operate again after complying with the stipulated SOP.

The ministry also reminded the construction industry players to always comply with the SOP or face stern action by the CIDB.

According to the statement, apart from ordering the construction sites to be closed immediately, the CIDB can also impose a penalty not exceeding RM500,000 or suspend and cancel the Contractor Registration Certificate.

All construction industry players are also required to comply with current directives and SOP issued by the National Security Council (MKN) to ensure the objectives of MCO 3.0 can be achieved, it said.

“Since the MCO 3.0 began, the CIDB has intensified inspections at construction sites in an effort to curb the pandemic following a spike in Covid-19 positive cases at construction sites nationwide, especially in the Klang Valley,” the statement added.

Source: Bernama

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Aston Residences

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Aston Residences, an upcoming low-density residential development by Ekar & Hektar Sdn. Bhd. (subsidiary of Harta Intan Group) in the heart of Bukit Mertajam. Located along Lebuh Aston, adjacent to Aston Park East gated and guarded housing scheme. It is only 10 minutes walk to The Summit and just a stone’s throw away from Aston Acacia by Huayang Group.

This development comprises a 14-storey residential tower, featuring 52 condominium units with a standard built-up size of 1,518 sq.ft. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool.

Project Name : Aston Residences
Location : Bukit Mertajam
Property Type : Condominium
Land Area: (to be confirmed)
Built-up Area: 1,518 sq.ft.
Total Units: 52
Tenure : Freehold
Indicative Price: RM468,000
Developer : Ekar & Hektar Sdn. Bhd. (Harta Intan Group)

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