Penang ranked as 3rd best island in the world to retire in

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Penang has made it into the list of “15 Best Islands In The World To Retire On In 2021”.

Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, came in third place after Malta and Mallorca, Spain.

The other Asian countries on the list were Bali in ninth place, Koh Samui, Thailand in 10th place and Phu Quoc, Vietnam in 15th place.

Also in the list were, Ambergris Caye, Belize (fourth place), Ireland (fifth), Roatan, Honduras (sixth), Isla Mujeres, Mexico (seventh), Isla Colon, Panama (eighth), Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic (11th), Crete, Greece (12th), Cozumel, Mexico (13th) and Caye Caulker, Belize (14th).

In an article published by Travel Awaits on Saturday, expert contributor Kara Williams started by saying that “if the idea of retiring to an island complete with sandy beaches, salty breezes, and a laid-back lifestyle appeals to you, the folks at International Living have you covered”.

Williams said the list was curated by “in-the-know professionals” who have been covering overseas retirement trends for decades.

The criteria for their top 15 list included the ability to live a simpler, more peaceful life without breaking the bank.

On Penang, Williams described the former British colony as home to a mix of nationalities, and welcoming to North Americans, with English widely spoken on the island.

“If you’re eager to travel in retirement, having Penang as your home base makes it easy to fly to many other countries in Southeast Asia.

“This island also appeals to foodies, with its plethora of food stalls, prominently found in the main city, George Town, as well as adventurers who like to hike, dive, and snorkel,” she had said.

Describing Malaysia’s My Second Home (MM2H) programme as a generous retirement visa, she however noted that it was now temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

Travel Awaits described itself as “dedicated to the 50+ traveller who’s ready to cross a few items off their bucket list”.

Meanwhile, state Tourism Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin took to his Facebook page to share the article, saying that “Penang ranks 3rd in the world and 1st in Asia”.

In November last year, Penang was named as one of the “11 Best Islands for Retirement Abroad” by International Living, a website that covers global retirement or relocation opportunities.

In October and June the same year, Penang’s Assam laksa made it into the list of “The World’s 50 Best Foods” by CNN Travel while George Town made it into the list of “The 10 Best Destinations for Digital Nomads”, citing good cost of living, ample co-working spaces, good level of free Wi-Fi and friendliness, respectively.

Source: NST Online


The urban redevelopment project for Flat Mahsuri to start next year

Property News/ 12 April 2021 No comments

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The urban redevelopment project will begin next year involving the Mahsuri Flat block near Lorong Mahsuri 10 in Bayan Lepas as a pilot project.

State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said, the project will be implemented by the Penang State Housing Board (LPNPP) under the Urban Redevelopment Committee (URC).

He added that apart from the block at Flat Mahsuri, four other housing schemes identified under the project are flats in Padang Tembak, Taman Free School,  Taman Siakap and Mak Mandin.

“The Mahsuri housing scheme near Bayan Lepas has five four-storey blocks with each block having 250 units and there is no reason why it cannot be converted into a block that covers 10 to 15 storeys.

“This means that on the same site we can build three times the existing units now.

“We have a piece of open land in the area and we will build a new multi -storey block to relocate residents from the old block that will be demolished. The existing unit owner will get a new unit as a replacement.

“This new block is also bigger and not less than 750 square feet with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms compared to the old unit which has a building area of ​​only 250 square feet.

“The new blocks under the URC will also be equipped with security systems and other facilities that are much better for the people in the state,” he said at a press conference after officiating the URC Workshop with LPNPP near here on April 9.

Jagdeep, who is also the State Assemblyman (ADUN) Datuk Keramat, said all the five redevelopment projects are expected to add around 3,000 affordable housing units (RMM) in the state.

“This project is part of the Penang Vision 2030 to meet the needs of conducive and more comfortable housing for the people in the state,” he added.



Phase 1 reclamation of Island A expected to start in May

Property News/ 11 April 2021 1 comment

The delegates visit the three points (Point One, Two and Three) as shown on the map.

The Phase One reclamation of Island A (approximately 1,200 acres) is scheduled to begin in May or June, said Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman.

The tri-islands (Islands A, B and C) of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project will be located at the south-end of the Penang island, measuring a total of 4,500 acres in land size. Island A will be 2,300 acres in size, Island B will be 1,400 acres and Island C will be 800 acres.

It would take about nine years to fully reclaim Island A.

“The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) of the PSR is in its final stage of receiving the approval from the Department of Environment (DoE).

“The department has its own SOPs and is professional in its work. We are not worried about that,” Ahmad Zakiyuddin replied a question from a reporter on the possibility of the EMP being delayed deliberately.

He said that there was no reason to speculate the matter.

Ahmad Zakiyuddin, state executive council members Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and Dr Norlela Ariffin, Penang Infrastructure Corporation PIC chief executive officer Datuk Seri Farizan Darus, together with the media and other representatives from the government agencies were taken on boats to check out the proposed site of Island A this morning.

They visited three points of the site – Point One (the easternmost point of Island A), Point Two (the southernmost point of Island A) and Point Three (the westernmost point of Island A).

The delegates were able to check out the 250m water channel (distance from the shore) for the fishermen to conduct fishing activities and to navigate towards the deeper end of the sea, on their way to Point One.

Point One is located about 600m from Pulau Rimau.

From Point One, the boats headed to Point Two where it is approximately 4.6km from the shore of Permatang Damar Laut.

Point Two is located about 1.5km to 2km from a ship wreck spot.

The boats then travelled to Point Three before heading to a soil investigation (SI) platform where the seabed soil samples are collected to obtain data for investigation.

The entire journey took about an hour.

Prior to the journey, Ahmad Zakiyuddin, Abdul Halim and Dr Norlela together with Farizan and other VIPs tested a boat (measuring 27ft-long, with a 90 horsepower engine), which is an example of the boat to be offered to the tekong (boat skippers) of the Tier One fishing units as ex-gratia.

The Tier One fishing units are from Permatang Tepi Laut, Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar and Gertak Sanggul.


Source: Buletin Mutiara


SITE PROGRESS: QuayWest Residence (Apr 2021)

Property News/ 10 April 2021 No comments



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Sungai Pinang’s new neighborhood park is expected to complete by next month


The soon-to-be completed three-acre neighbourhood park at Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7, near to the popular seafront Karpal Singh Drive, is set to be a glowing attraction soon.

Situated near a river, the RM1.5 million project may see mangrove trees, which are closely associated with fireflies, be planted near the riverbank to attract the insects.

If this effort materialises, the park will be another tourist gem in Penang for local and foreign visitors who will be amazed by magical sights of the fireflies twinkling among the tree branches.

Speaking to Buletin Mutiara during an interview session recently, Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim revealed that this emerging attraction would be a new spot for Penangites and tourists to spend their leisure time with their families.

“We are still in the midst of working out such an initiative for the betterment of the people. It is also in line with our Penang2030 vision that is ‘A Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation’.

“Besides that, this park also adopts the Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) approach.

“At present, the park is nearly completed and is only left with the final touches to be carried out by the contractor. It is scheduled to be completed within a month.

“The project concept was put forward in October 2019. It is our aim to turn the open space into an urban neighbourhood park.

“It is really a good effort from the state to increase recreational facilities,” she said after visiting the site.

Previously, the discussion on setting up the neighbourhood park at Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7 was held with the local residents as well as for their feedback.

Lim added that residents lauded the move to build a public park for them.

“Currently, we are still finding an amicable solution to the parking spaces nearby the park, which can be utilised by the park-goers and residents,” she said.

The park has various species of trees and flowers, a garden for public planting, outdoor sports equipment and a butterfly park.


Source: Buletin Mutiara