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Kopitiam operator Wang Teng Kok, who specialises in Siamese chicken rice, is not a happy man. He has until 30 November 2016 to vacate his well patronised coffee-shop premises fronting Penang Road. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Teng Kok, who employs 10 workers, is...
This could be a tourist draw. An alley that is always dark, what more at dusk. Except that residents of the older flats facing the new condo blocks that tower over them are not impressed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64IEpxvl56Y What does this say about...
This statement by a group of Seri Tanjung Pinang residents hammers home the point as to why land and property development-for-infrastructure swap deals are a bad idea. Such deals compromise the development regulatory process by presenting the land reclamation or...
Photos have been circulating of cracks on the hlll-slope roads leading to the Vale of Temp. Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about cracks on the road to Batu Ferringhi, not too far from where the sections of...
The land swop deal involving S P Setia and the government has raised several issues of public interest.  This is another of those fancy so-called 'public-private partnerships'; but there is also a third - and hidden - party involved....
A large construction firm from China was debarred from bidding for World Bank projects following "fraudulent practices" in a major Philippines road improvement project. The World Bank has blacklisted China Communications Construction Company Ltd until January 2017. See an...
Penangites woke up this morning to a deluge of images of flash floods around the state which will surely haunt those who have approved developments projects that have concretised much of the state including its hill-slopes. Heavy rains began early...
The first phase of a 760-acre island, mainly for the well heeled, is emerging off the northeast coast of Penang Island - part of the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 reclamation. Smack in the middle of where the Tanjung...
It is the biggest land reclamation project in the country with a density that is similar to Mont' Kiara in KL. When completed the reclaimed land will cover an area equivalent to five Pulau Jerejaks. It will have a...
Let's take a closer look at SRS Consortium: This is a joint venture that was appointed as project delivery partner (PDP) for the massive Penang Land Reclamation and Property Development err, Transport Masterplan on 14 August 2015. The consortium comprises: Gamuda...

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