New paired road to open partially soon

Property News/ 27 November 2021 No comments

The RM545mil Bukit Kukus paired road in Penang will be partially open to traffic next month.

Penang infrastructure and transport committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the 3.3km stretch from Lebuh Bukit Jambul that branches out to Jalan Tun Sardon and Paya Terubong was expected to be ready by late December.

He said the section cost Penang Island City Council (MBPP) RM275mil, adding that the project cost remained the same despite several delays earlier.

“The stretch by council will be open to traffic in late December.

“There will be two other portions which have yet to be completed by private developers,” he said when contacted.

The project consists of three sections.

Besides the section by MBPP, two more developers are responsible for the remaining 1.4km (RM150mil) and 0.7km (RM120mil) stretches.

The works include the junction improvement of Lebuhraya Thean Tek, widening of the existing Jalan Bukit Kukus, construction of new roads and an elevated road from Jalan Paya Terubong to Jalan Tun Sardon and an intersection of new paired road to Lebuh Bukit Jambul with a dedicated right-turn ramp.

Zairil said the entire project was scheduled for completion in 2025, which was the original date.

“However the date could change as the private developers will need time to complete their portions.

“We will open the roads in stages as at when it is completed over the next few years,” he said.

Work on the project was delayed due to a few reasons that included the movement control order (MCO).

There were five extensions of time given due to land acquisition issues, slope stabilisation work, relocation of utility lines as well as landslide and blasting permits.

One of the contractors was reportedly cash strapped and work was also stalled due to an objection hearing.

The paired roads project is touted to be the highest elevated route in the country which rises to its highest point of 59.4m from the pile caps.

The project also had its fair share of mishaps since it began in 2018.

In October 2018, 14 beams meant to be a platform for a section of the highway fell, leading to the Department of Safety and Health issuing a stop-work order.

Two days later, a landslide mangled 12 container cabins, killing nine foreign workers and injuring four.

The main contractor Syarikat Yuta Maju Sdn Bhd, was fined RM35,000 in February last year for failing to provide a safe work procedure.

Source: TheStar.com.my


Cancelling or postponing reclamation project will have huge impact on Penang’s economy

Property News/ 26 November 2021 1 comment /中文版


Penang will not face heavy financial implications if the implementation of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project in the southern tip of the island is cancelled or postponed.

State Infrastructure and Transport Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the impact of the loss of the project on the Penang economy however would be huge in the long run.

He said, as an industrial state, Penang needed to provide land to attract new foreign investors in the future.

He added that the absence of industrial sites such as the Green Tech Park for future high-tech industrial development meant that Penang would lose the opportunity to attract investments worth tens of billions of ringgit.

“This will affect Penang’s reputation as an investment destination and the state’s economic growth in the future.

“In fact, another implication for Penang is the loss of employment, business and income opportunities to the people and local companies which are awaiting for the opportunity,” he said when responding to a question by Lee Khai Loon (PKR – Machang Bubuk) at the state legislative assembly sitting here today.

Zairil (DAP – Tanjung Bungah) said the absence of the project also meant a loss of opportunities for the southern Penang area to enjoy progress.

“The fishing community is also unable to enjoy the benefits that are being planned and arranged under the Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) and the community involvement programme branded as Pelitaku,” he added.

Yesterday, the Penang Fishermen’s Association (Pen Mutiara) reaffirmed its earlier decision to reject all reclamation projects in the state.

Two massive reclamation projects currently on the cards are the 1,800ha Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project and the RM2 billion reclamation project in Bagan Ajam, Seberang Prai Utara.

Its chairman Mahadi Md Rodzi had said that all delegates present were united in rejecting any reclamation project in the state.

The PSR, now known as the Penang South Island (PSI) project, covering 17 sq km involves the development of three man-made islands covering an area of 1,800 hectares in the waters off Permatang Damar Laut, near Bayan Lepas.

It was introduced as a funding module of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) worth about RM46 billion.

It was reported that the coastal landscape in north Butterworth, between the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) and Jalan Tunku Putra, Teluk Air Tawar, was set to change with the construction of a new waterfront within the next few years.

This followed a supplementary agreement inked between the Penang government and Rayston Consortium (Butterworth) Sdn Bhd to reclaim 650 hectares of the land there.

The signing would push Rayston to start the long-delayed reclamation works since the first agreement was signed back in 1999.

Meanwhile, Zairil said the Penang government had and would continue to adopt an open approach in the implementation of the PSR project, in terms of getting feedback from the various segments of society.

“As of Oct 31, this year, a total of 13,957 people were met through varous engagement programmes. The state government feels that the condition for public engagement has been met.

“And a huge number of those met had voiced their support for the project if it does not have an impact on the environment and the fishing community,” he said, adding that the state government would strive to minimise impacts.

Source: NST Online


8th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) laurel developers, projects with wide appeal

Property News/ 26 November 2021 No comments


Recipients of the 8th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia), presented by Kohler, were announced today in an innovative virtual gala presentation broadcast on AsiaPropertyAwards.com and multiple digital platforms, with highlights to air on the History Channel.

The programme celebrated the achievements of the real estate sector from north to south Malaysia in 25 categories, including special honours and new titles.

For the second year in a row, the coveted Best Developer award was presented to Tropicana Corporation Berhad. The company accumulated a total of six gold statuettes and two Highly Commended citations, including the never-before-presented title of Best Developer (Central Malaysia) as well as the Best High End Landed Development award for Tropicana Aman – Freesia Residences.
Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad was crowned Best Township Developer and received three special honours. Ho Kong Soon, the Group Managing Director of Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad, accepted the 2021 Malaysia Real Estate Personality of the Year title, an award decided by editors of PropertyGuru Property Report Magazine. The title secures the Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad leader’s legacy in the conceptualisation, development and stewardship of well-thought-out townships and communities across Malaysia.

Ho Kong Soon said: “I would like to dedicate the award this year to all my stakeholders as well as the Matrix team because of their dedication and their commitment to make all this possible.”

Other winners in the Developer categories were OCR Group Berhad and Ideal Property Group, hailed Best Lifestyle Developer and Best Affordable Homes Developer, respectively.

The 2021 edition of the awards included honours for developments with mass appeal. Ideal Property Group won Best Mass Market Condo/Apartment Development (Northern) for Havana Beach Residences while Mah Sing Group Berhad won Best Mass Market Condo/Apartment Development (Central) for M Luna.

Projects by companies under Sime Darby Berhad dominated the Best of Malaysia categories. Senada Residences by Sime Darby Brunsfield Resort Sdn Bhd. won the highly competitive Best Condo/Apartment Development (Malaysia) award, in addition to the Best High End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) title. Elmina Green 4 by Sime Darby Property (City of Elmina) Sdn. Bhd. won the equally coveted Best Housing/Landed Development (Malaysia) award, in addition to the Best Landed Development (Central) title.
Meanwhile, Cantara Residences by Sime Darby Property (Ara Damansara) Sdn Bhd won Best Mid End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) while The Detached Factories by Sime Darby Property (Bukit Raja) Sdn. Bhd. won Best Industrial Development.

Other winning projects were Agile Mont Kiara by Agile Real Estate Development Sdn Bhd; AraTre’ Residences @ Ara Damansara by Puncakdana Sdn Bhd; Aurora Resort Villas by Country View Berhad; Ion Forte Green City by NCT Group of Companies; KCC City Business Park, Muar by KCC Realty; Mutiara Rini Skudai by Boustead Properties Berhad; and Terra by Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd.
The 2021 edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) marks the programme’s second annual virtual gala celebration, following a successful inaugural virtual gala event that engaged consumers, agents and investors across Asia Pacific in 2020.

Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer of PropertyGuru Group, said: “Our awards programme in Malaysia is an extension of our strong market position and business performance. The eighth edition of our awards in Malaysia recognises built spaces with various degrees of opulence and affordability, giving property access to a wide array of income groups across the country. Showcasing a wealth of choices in quality real estate, the awards elevate the achievements of innovative developers across Malaysia.”

Jules Kay, Managing Director of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: “The choices on offer in terms of quality real estate in Malaysia have increased significantly, making it one of the region’s most compelling real estate investment destinations. We are delighted to recognise the resilience of developers in these challenging times. The entries feature a variety of condo and housing projects that cater to the different needs and budgets of property buyers.”

The independent panel of judges that determined this year’s awardees were Prem Kumar, Awards Chairperson and Deputy Managing Director, Jones Lang Wootton; Blaine Robert, CEO and Creative Director, Blaine Robert Design; Chris Tia, Principal and Managing Partner, Tia & Noordin; Dr. Daniele Gambero, CEO and Propenomist, REI Group of Companies; Sr. Engad Ravana, Principal, ER Consult; Sr Low Han Hoe, Senior Manager, Investment & Agency, Nawawi Tie Leung Real Estate Consultants Sdn Bhd; Ar. Mustapha Kamal Zulkarnain, Founder and Principal, Arkitek Mustapha Kamal; Datuk Ar Hj Saiful Anuar Abdul Aziz, Principal, Anuar Aziz Architect, a member of Arte Axis Design Group; Tan Hui Yin, Partner, Tan Chap & Associates; and Ir. Dr. Zulhkiple A Bakar, Managing Director, Perunding ZAB Sdn Bhd.

The site inspection judges consist of Charles Tan Chia Lih, Owner, KopiandProperty.com blog; Ir. Dr. Justin Lai, Managing Director, IPM Group; Law Lee Kiau, President, Johor Interior Designer Association; Miichael Yeoh, CEO & Founder, GM Training Academy PLT; Ng Wee Kwong, Property Invester; and Richard Oon Hock Chye, Executive Director, ShineWing TY TEOH Consulnet Tax Sdn. Bhd.

The team of HLB Ler Lum Chew – HLB Malaysia, led by John Ler, International Contact Partner, and Kelvin Chew, Managing Partner, maintained the fairness, transparency, integrity and credibility of the awards programme throughout the judging process.

The 8th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) come ahead of the highly anticipated event series known as PropertyGuru Week in December. These include the 16th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final, where main winners from Malaysia will compete with country winners around Asia Pacific for various Best in Asia titles. The 2021 editions of the awards programme for Australia, China (Mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau), Greater Niseko (Japan), India, and Sri Lanka will take place in the run-up to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will be preceded by the opening of the 2021 PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit’s virtual world, covering topics like the data landscape, accessible data, sustainable development, and data innovation.

Organised by Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, PropertyGuru Group, the 8th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) programme is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; official portal partner PropertyGuru.com.my; official cable TV partner History Channel; official magazine PropertyGuru Property Report; official PR partner Klareco Communications; media partners KopiandProperty.com, Malaysian Business, Penang Property Talk, and The Grid Asia; official charity partner Right To Play; official ESG partner Baan Dek Foundation; supporting association Asia MarTech Society; and official supervisor HLB.

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



SITE PROGRESS: Metropol (Nov 2021)

Property News/ 25 November 2021 No comments



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Three-quarters of residents happy with liveability, green efforts and freedom in Penang

Property News/ 24 November 2021 6 comments


Penang Institute today unveiled the results of its Happiness in Penang (HIP) Index and found that 76.5% of the 3,011 residents surveyed identified as happy.

The survey, which was conducted during October 2020 and May 2021, found 23.5% of the respondents are “not-yet-happy”, 13.7% are “narrowly happy” and 9.9% are unhappy.

The survey also found that 78.2% of the respondents are happy with the freedom and governance in the state.

It found that 79.1% of respondents are happy with their economic wellbeing, 76.1% are happy with the environmental sustainability efforts taken by the state government and 79.3% are happy with the liveability and social wellbeing in Penang.


According to Penang Institute senior analyst Negin Vaghefi, statistically the 3,011 respondents are representative of Penang’s estimated 1.8 million population with a margin of error of about two percent.

Penang Institute Chief Operations Officer Ong Siou Woon said the HIP Index survey was conducted between October last year and May this year where about 1,400 respondents are online and the remaining are through face-to-face interviews.

“This survey was conducted using Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index (GNH) framework,” she said in a press conference revealing the results of the survey.

She said the HIP Index covered four domains, namely: freedom and governance, economic wellbeing, environmental sustainability and liveability and social wellbeing.

“According to the respondents, Penang is a very liveable city where most indicators under the domain of liveability and social wellbeing achieved a strong level of satisfaction,” she said.

“Although some respondents indicated that their state of life was better before the Covid-19 pandemic, more than half professed themselves to be in at least a good stage of life,” she added.

However, when it comes to freedom and governance, she said there was a neutral attitude with governance achieving the lowest level of satisfaction while a high percentage are satisfied with their religious, cultural and spiritual freedom.

“Satisfaction over financial security are at considerably lower levels although high satisfaction levels are seen for social and economic mobility and household expenditure,” she said.

Another senior analyst Yeong Pey Jung noted that a large number of the respondents do not have sufficient savings to last them a year if they were to lose their main source of income.

Meanwhile, Ong said the HIP Index survey is the first of its kind in the country and it will be used for comparison for future similar surveys to be carried out by Penang Institute.

“We will conduct this survey every two to three years so we will be preparing for a similar survey in the first half of next year,” Ong said.

She said the respondents of the survey are from all over Penang in which 54.3% are female and the remaining 45.7% are male.

penang-happiness-by-districtOut of the 3,011 respondents, 33.6% are from Northeast district on the island, 16.9% from the southwest district on the island, 15.3% from Seberang Perai Utara, 14.5% from Seberang Perai Tengah and 19.7% from Seberang Perai Selatan.

“Each domain and its respective indicators make different contributions to the overall happiness of Penangites, illustrating that happiness, satisfaction and sufficiency are subjective to each individual, and not clearly based on material factors alone,” she said.

Ong said the full report on the HIP Index will be published on the Penang Institute website next month.

Source: MalayMail.com