The Penang state government had said this would the "case of the century for planning law" in Malaysia but then the MBPP changed its stance in court. What happened? Read the residents' statement below: Several residents’ associations and organisations in...
Taking a leaf from what is happening in Singapore, Penang too is planning foreign workers villages/dormitories in Bukit Tambun, Permatang Tinggi, Juru, Batu Maung and Bukit Minyak. These 'dorms' - multi-storey buildings or towers - could house as many as...
With restrictions on the outflow of funds from China, what kind of impact will this have on the sales of property especially those on waterfront or reclaimed land in Malaysia? Are we in danger of creating ghost cities, where...
What is causing so much dissatisfaction with the housing market? Well, the provision of housing these days in large part, no longer fulfils a social function to provide people with homes within their budget. Instead, it has become a...
The Penang Island City Council has REJECTED a massive project at the Penang Turf Club on various grounds - but concerned residents and Penangites are not letting down their guard. The rejection comes on the heels of a petition...
Deja vu... Back in 2012, when the maximum density was increased from 30 homes per acre to 87 per acre, we were told that this would encourage developer to build more affordable homes. Did that happen? You tell me....
Penang Forum is concerned to hear about extensive 'redevelopment' plans for Pulau Jerejak, a prized natural asset and green lung for the state. It was only in May that Penang state exco member Phee Boon Poh had reportedly assured...
I am not sure what is going on here. The state government has announced that the "87 units per acre guideline, after deliberation with all stakeholders, will be replaced by a new guideline of 128 units per acre, whereby...
Excellent piece by MBPP councillor Lim Mah Hui: The proposal by the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister, Noh Omar, to permit developers to be money lenders is fraught with risks. We all know that the property market is...
The MBPP has to explain this project on a 5.0ha plot of land on environmentally sensitive steep hillslopes. About two thirds of the plot is above the Penang Structure Plan threshold of 250 feet above sea level. The plot...

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