The Penang state government has handed over the keys for a RM80m low- and medium-cost housing project developed by PDC in Sungai Dua. The two 22-storey blocks at Halaman Kenanga have 720 homes: 510 low-medium homes (700 sq ft) at...
An article in theSun today discusses loopholes that could allow four high-rise condo towers to be built on a site in Pykett Avenue, Penang, where one stood a mansion that was demolished without local council approval. Are we heading...
The biggest challenge for low-cost housing in the country - apart from actually building enough low-cost homes - is the maintenance of these blocks. The effectiveness of the maintenance depends on: the level of community solidarity (including an accountable...
I see the Star - and broadcast media, I am told - has reported that former MAS chairman Tajudin Ramli is suing the Malaysian Insider, its CEO Jahabar Sadiq and journalist Shazwan Mustafa Kamal for RM200m. The lawsuit...
Chou Z Lam, a former TV2 producer sacked after two parts of his 10-episode documentary series on the jinxed Bakun Dam were screened, speaks his mind. http://popteevee.popfolio.net/popteeveescreen.swf?episode=1061
Marina was able to visit RPK on his birthday in Kamunting on Saturday, 27 September. Interesting that part of RPK's rehabilitation (or is it punishment?!) involves reading the NST! :) Here is another touching account of their encounter: Happy 58th Birthday,...
Phew, it's been an eventful week - but as they say, you ain't seen nothing yet! The way I see it, Abdullah is fighting a rear-guard battle to save himself - and the ruling coalition. Let's see what his administration...
The Penang state government may be interested in promoting the state as a centre for meetings and conventions - but the state already has a reputation for being a hub for civil society activities, not just nationally but globally...
The divide between the rich and the poor is widening in countries across Asia. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjlyFmgLjtc?rel=0&w=475&h=271] "Of the 28 countries that have comparative data between the 1990s and 2000s, 11 — accounting for about 82% of developing Asia’s population...
Soaring property prices have made it difficult for working Malaysians to afford a home of their own. Enter the new 'My First Home Scheme', introduced by the government. Under the scheme, those below 35 with a monthly income of less...

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