The Penang Island Municipal Council has formally rejected Abad Naluri’s mixed-development proposal for the Batu Gantung area (the Penang Global City Centre or PGCC project) at the Council’s committee meeting on 6 August.

The grounds for rejection were:

  • The proposal did not take into consideration the density of Taman Jesselton (6 units/acre), Scotland Road (10.2 units/acre) and Batu Gantung Road (15-30 units/acre);
  • The applicant had not submitted amended plans for further consideration;
  • There was no formal application to the Council and State Authorities for low- and medium-cost housing on land in Rifle Range Road belonging to the Council and state government;
  • There was no formal confirmation from the Malaysian Highway Authority that the Porr alignment would pass through the project area;
  • There was no confirmation of the monorail alignment and stations;
  • The planning application did not indicate the location and sites of community halls and places of worship;
  • The plan for three-storey bungalows in Parcel 3 was not in keeping with the character of the surrounding area in Taman Jesselton, where Council guidelines stipulate a maximum of two storeys;
  • Non-compliance with technical requirements of various departments such as the MPPP, the Malaysian Highway Authority and the State Health Deparment; and
  • The State Government had not given approval for the handing over of state land Lot 402, Section 2.

Congratulations to the MPPP for standing firm to its guidelines and for rejecting the proposal on sound technical grounds.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. the good news is that the MPPP did the right thing. the bad news is that “bailout” factor…. any details on what transpired? if i apply some “Champions League” style score tabulation, it would be a 1-1 draw with MPPP winning on the away goals rule – No?

  2. Though I am not from Penang, but it is still a piece of good news for me (and many other Malaysians) when the local council did something right for once. Keep up the good work!!!

    Now I am hoping that the land scam in Selangor would be highlighted and bought to justice those involved soon.

  3. Anil,

    This is good news. The steps taken by the anti PGCC project and the shafting of the post cards Kok Soo(lose) Khoon(Sleep) in (Hokkien) has worked well.

    Phase 2 is to get ACA to investigate the PGCC scam. The ACA has been very super efficient in their investigations lately. For example, Nalla’s big mouth has caught the interest of the ACA and ACA is looking for him.

    I quote what the ACA deputy DG Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamad said the press conference appeared in the NST dated August 27, “Our officers will meet him (Nallakarupan). We want to know what this (RM60million) allegation is all about…”
    “He need not have to lodge a report. We can initiate investigations based on what he had said.”

    So now thw the PGCC can of worms has open up, is the ACA going to investigate if there was any abused of power and/or corruption been involved? OR

    ACA do not investigate anything that involves any members of the federal government or BN.

    Will the opposition PKR bring this PGCC scam up in the parliament, should the ACA failed to initate investigation in this instant?

  4. Bravo MPPP for your awakening!
    Hats off to YB LGE and co., make sure these GOONS do not get off scoth free!
    They threatened YB and YB is even more eager to DIG AND EXPOSE more wrong doings of the past admin.
    Keep it up YB, see how many holes can the GOONS cover up.

  5. THE BEST GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF PENANG! WELL DONE, LGE, MPPP AND ALL!
    DO NOT APPROVE THE PROJECT AT ALL. WE DEFINITELY DON’T NEED IT. PENANG IS ALREADY CONGESTED AND TRAFFIC IS CHAOTIC. WHY ADD FURTHER PROBLEMS. THIS PROJECT ONLY ENRICH CERTAIN PEOPLE ONLY. WHEREAS ORDINARY PENANGITES ARE LEFT TO SUFFER.
    CONGRATULATIONS MPPP AGAIN. THE RAKYAT ARE FOR YOU!!!

  6. aiyo …. the best news today aside from DSAI’s swearing in …. they deserve it and for 39 years of my life I dare say MPPP for ONCE did something right ….

  7. Looks like the original proposal was nothing but a crony project where approval was given by a handshake with one hand while the other hand is at the back waiting for a handsome handout. Good show, Lim and Co.

  8. hopefully penang can get more sustainable development.

    firstly i think penang is urgently needed to improve on her public transportation. monorail to cricle around penang is very important. and it will further encourage more development.

  9. idiotic of them to (allegedly) bail Patrick Lim out! With whose money???? Please, rakyat, you all have to stop this!!!! Not another case like how tdm (allegedly) bailed out Tajuddin ramli for MAS deal!!!! Real idiots!!

  10. Well done (the new) MPPP you certainly have earned the respect of the rakyat. Congratulations to Anil and other members of the PGCC campaign group who fought so well right from the start of the proposed project. You guys truly deserve our thanks and respect. Please maaintain vigil least somehing else may crop tight under our noses.

  11. Hi everyone,

    Congrats to MPPP! Congrats to you and other NGOs/individuals for highlighting the issues involved, especially when the project was announced even before application and approval by the authorities!!

    The people has to be ever vigilant, though we’re not business-unfriendly, but nevertheless, developments with social responsibility can never be compromised.

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