A meeting with the E&O management

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Three persons from the Penang Forum, including me, were invited to a meeting with the E&O Group’s management, including its CEO.

The meeting, held last Friday (10 June), was to clarify questions raised on this blog about further land reclamation (720 acres) under Phase 2 of the Seri Tanjung Pinang project, which was approved in principle by the Penang state government.

We had a useful meeting arising from the developer’s professed desire to be transparent.

E&O had secured the reclamation rights after it paid more than RM60m in taking over a stake originally held by United Engineers. It also took over outstanding loans.

We expressed concern about congestion arising from increasing development along the north coast – of which the land reclamation development and consequent commercial and residential development in Tanjung Tokong is one component. Already, the traffic jams and bottle necks are serious and will become more so. The construction of more residences, commercial buildings and hotels will further burden the carrying capacity of existing roads in the north.

To this, the E&O management responded that theirs is actually a low-rise low density project (whereas the original plans, before E&O took over, were for a much higher density development). (Within the 240-acre Phase 1, a strip of land, originally meant for a section of the (aborted) Penang Outer Ring Road, was surrendered to the state.)

The other concern is that existing reclamation may be responsible for the sedimentation in the port and Gurney Drive, which has become a mud flat instead of the sandy beaches of the past. More land reclamation may increase the likelihood of further sedimentation as the reclaimed land may change current sea patterns and affect the coast line. (Coastal land reclamation often results in sedimentation in one part and coastal erosion in another.) Such large-scale land reclamation will have an impact along the north coast, and the extent of the impact will have to be assessed in a hydraulic study.

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The developer assured us that expert consultants have been hired by them to prepare the EIA.

One of us suggested it would be good if the EIA report could be reviewed by independent land reclamation experts who are internationally recognised.

The developer expressed interest in the idea. The firm also plans to invite the public to a forum for input before the Phase 2 reclamation and development proceeds.

It is a positive move for the developer to subject its EIA to public viewing and input. Similarly, we request the state to require all developers to submit their impact studies for public viewing, comment and objections.

The plans also envisage a widening of Gurney Drive (to three lanes each way, if I remember correctly), along which the developer will reclaim land along the sea-front for a 60-acre linear public park, to be surrendered to the state. At one end of the Gurney Drive linear park, nearest to Tanjung Tokong, a mangrove swamp will be cultivated.

All these plans are subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

Finally, we also raised the concern that the sea-fronts must be accessible to the public as required under the law.

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Boo Soon Yew
Boo Soon Yew

Website to pre-register for the Public Dialogue as below..
You can also type in your questions after registering..
http://www.stp2publicforum.com/

Boo Soon Yew
Boo Soon Yew

Public Dialogue on STP2 is due on 24th Aug 2013..
Article on it as below.. published in The Edge Online, dated 13th Aug 2013
http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/highlights/249483-highlight-stp-phase-2-making-headway.html

rilakkuma
rilakkuma

Bru Give us back our fish,

don’t get too … off.

let there be light and we can rejoice.

stay cool to cast your sacred vote and the fish may return for future generations.

Give us back our fish
Give us back our fish

Macheda, you are thinking and talking just like a developer!

tunglang
tunglang

I cannot give you a 10kg Koay Kau (cannot fish here anymore), but I give you a pass. Cheers, Brother!

Give us back our fish
Give us back our fish
Sammo, precisely the point. Once destroyed it is gone forever — Jabatan Perikanan? What, more EIA? More clever research … so the developers can get away with destruction of a key Penang food resource? Fish along the coast of Penang belong to the people of Penang. (Certain) developers … destroyed and are being allowed to continue to destroy the breeding grounds and hence a natural protein source for our future generations — not just us. Export of our fish? Soon, there won’t be much to export. Anyone can do the calculations here? Loss of income from our coastal fish –$$$$… Read more »
Tam Chiak Kui
Tam Chiak Kui

Dear Anil
Next time when you meet up with E&O folks, do inform them that E&O nice buffet lunch/dinner can attract more locals if they are priced somewhat cheaper.

May be 30% cheaper for locals ?

If they do the math they surely know they can make higher profit with such deal.

Imagine the locals taking the efficient RapidPenang (with monthly pass) to E&O Hotel to enjoy the buffets !

tunglang, wanna join me ?

tunglang
tunglang

If it heavenly comes true, I will take the RapidPenang with you and Anil to E&O.
And I will write uncontrollably all the heavenly glow of [email protected]&O in my 60’s style of salivating TCK.
Where’s my newly purchased “Good Morning” mini China towel?

rilakkuma
rilakkuma

it’s ON if and only if Anil and gang can be creatively think out of the box to bring matter of this nature to Penang Forum !

Macheda
Macheda
more reasons for average folks like us to move to mainland penang – where fish are abundant and not at throat cutting prices. ijm, e&o, ivory, mah sing are turning penang island ‘ala’ hong kong. if u can’t stand it, better get cheaper property elsewhere. or if you are smart wait still as your island property may go higher in value. ever hear of the term “en-block’ sale ? very soon (some of) these developers (might) come knocking at your door asking u and yr neighbours to sell your old houses together at a price. they then redevelop your land… Read more »
rilakkuma
rilakkuma

RE : ijm, e&o, ivory, mah sing are turning penang island ‘ala’ hong kong.

Not bad if Penang island can be ‘ala’ Hong Kong if and only if we can earn as much like HongKongers, so that we can import fishes like Koay Kow from Indonesia or Vietnam with stronger ringgit exchange.

However, this could be wishful thinking as we may face the burden of unemployed graduates (see Anil’s latest article) that can drag our econmy to south pole !

Give us back our fish
Give us back our fish

Food security is paramount at this point in time.

Seafood is the only natural protein source left.

Of course the CM may not eat Penang fish — he may prefer the hormone pumped protein or imported Japanese fish.

Penang people wake up! It’s our food — our fish breeding grounds they are destroying for goodness sake!

Sammo
Sammo

the spawns of penang fishes need to be breed in tanks (jabatan ikan) and release into rivers then sea.

however, penang rivers still at indecent category in ratings and jabatan ikan would say these spawns can never survive the toxic level upon release.

catch 22 ???

so more people go easy way to invest in properties (b4 get burnt) because $ may be earned faster to bring fishes to the dining tables.

Make sense ????

tunglang
tunglang

The worst off are those poor who cannot even afford an Oolamak fish, the cheaper fish than Koay Kau. Oolamak makes good salt fish, a staple diet for the average and poor families.
Now even the Oolamak fish is getting less and smaller in size. In the 70’s I could land a biggie 9 inch long Oolamak at the beaches behind Paramount Hotel or Chinese Swimming Club.
Sigh! It’s high time to head for Kelantan, my ideal heritage ambience kampong beside Nik Aziz home with no Barang Naik syndromes, a disease which makes life a big headache in perpetual money-madness.

Give us back our fish
Give us back our fish
Why E & O never talk about the coastal fish breeding grounds they have destroyed and continue to destroy. Fishermen livelihoods included. Plant mangroves indeed — child’s play ah? When coastlines are destroyed our aquatic life forms along with their breeding ground also vanished — not unlike the landscape of forests being bulldozed and plundered — only thing this is underwater and the stupid (!) people of Penang cannot see. Sea food is already dwindling and so pricey. Soon Penang will have to import more and more. No more sea food to eat in Penang very very soon — thanks… Read more »
tunglang
tunglang
Seafood is so rich-men pricey, the cost has more than double the last 5 years. Still many can ‘afford’ to frequent those famed seafood outlets like the one in Paya Terubong (every night is almost full house, Sat & Sun spill out to the street with waiting list). Father’s day and Mother’s Day are extra ‘laku’, you can eat standing if cannot wait for tables. I don’t eat out (avoid like the flee cos it sucks your hard earned money) at these seafood outlets unless invited, cos it is ah-soh expensive. So, tunglang has no favorable food comment on them… Read more »
Sammo
Sammo

Even if anyone can catch ‘Koay Kau’ behind Paramount Hotel, you don’t see them on offer in the wet market.

WHY?

Because restaurant owners will snap them up by offering you irrestible prices. And your Penang ‘Koay Kau’ may end up being airship to Hong Kong or by lorry to Singapore.

Another fact of life.

Don’t get angry… Do something in next GE so that Ringgit can be on par with our richer regional neighbors so that we don;t just lose our local talented brains but also our depleting fishes like ‘Koay Kow’.

LBJ
LBJ

I just wonder why in a high end development area must be a requirement to include affordable i.e. low cost housing as well. This do not make sense. The people given these low cost housing will find the cost of living in this higher. It will make life more difficult for them. It would be better to charge the developer higher premium and use this money to subsidise the lower income group in somewhere else where they can find a lower cost of living.

tan, tanjung bungah
tan, tanjung bungah
Hi everyone, It’s good and positive that E & O Management invited 3 persons from Penang Forum for a ‘dialogue/discussion’ for the 3 representatives to raise certain concerns of the public. Let’s not prejudge E & O, and we hope that they’ll be transparent and be a very socially responsible corporate body. Wait for the EIA report, with expectations that it would be open to independent scrutiny, and if E & O is transparent, it would enhance their credibility in the eyes of the public and their potential clients. Meanwhile we can trust Anil and his Pg Forum colleagues to… Read more »
Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit

Dear Anil

A couple of comments:

1. With rising sea levels because of global warming, I am wondering why land reclaimation projects are still going on
in both Malaysia and Singapore

2. Read an article that increasing jelly fish populations could be
related to global warming. Jelly fish could be an increasing threat to welfare of tourists who swim in the sea off Penang Island

Repablika
Repablika

The State Government should start imposing a toll to enter the Island and stop widening and building more roads which will lead to the degradation of the communities and nature. Tourism of Penang only needs its natural developments of culture, arts and well protected nature zones. Further touristic developments will put a strain on the pollution index of every kind. More could be done instead to rid the Island of traffic congestion, dirty smelly drains, ugly old buildings, rude taxi drivers, nuisance and dangers at the beaches by beach-boys and uncontrolled hawkers.

Hairudin
Hairudin

Traffic congestion problem will not be solved until an electronic road pricing is implemented in Penang, forcing people to utilize RapidPenang buses. Tell this to Penang Forum.

Rapidly Economical
Rapidly Economical

Get the special monthly Rapid Penang passes : 2 adults & 2 children total RM188 for unlimited ride in Penang !

RM188 can buy how many litres of RON95 and then can run for how far ????

Do the math and know the savings, and saving the earth as well !!!!!

Sammo
Sammo

Kindly bring this matter to Penang Forum. Thks.

tunglang
tunglang

I would put it at RM30/month season pass. At least I can still enjoy some more Kopi-O kau kau which cost extra 10 cents now, sincerely no thanks for a thousand years to Barang Naik Gila Gila.

tunglang
tunglang

Apanama is irrelevant in these days of Barang Naik Siok Siok. The Rakyat suffers, but Apanama can relax in the serene ambience of Langkawi shooting eagles and marbles. Solutions must be found regardless of whether Apanama car salesmen can survive or die.
At the end of the day, we must have decency of living an acceptable lifestyle, not played, played by these Apanama goons.

rilakkuma
rilakkuma

Rapid Penang,
Do the math.
RM30/mth for let’s say additional 100K new converts (majority should be from Bayan Lepas FTZ working folks)) you get monthly RM3M revenue to improve your ROI significantly !

Now start to have special buses ferrying FTZ staffs from various regions in Penang island, you can surely improve road congestion issue during office peak hours.

I think a RapidPenang spokeperson ghas responded in this blog before, what say you doing true national service unprecedented in Malaysia history ?

p.s. RM30 monthly pass may irritate many apanama car salesmen, but who cares ?

tunglang
tunglang
If any delightful-to-developer $$$development goes for the rich and famous, please do consider carefully the impact on road traffic volumes, air quality, sea pollution, Barang Naik syndrome, impact on general home prices (of average standard for average Penangites) and creative land use. No point the Gomen keep on AOK-ing land development for the rich and famous who of course invest in Penang but only for their private holiday lifestyles to enjoy Penang’s tourism best unlike those investments that create massive employments for the masses plus inject technology transfer. There should be a proper check and balance for all things land… Read more »
A Retiree
A Retiree

tunglang
After reading anil’s blog for past 3 mths, i finally made the decision to move out of Penang island once my Sungai Bakap’s OC is ready by next year. My 2 daughters (in ealy 20’s) do not mind.

Thks Anil for making my decision easier.

Tired of congestion, air quality, escalating food prices (including street food) in Penang.

tunglang
tunglang

A Retiree, congratulations! You have chosen a food haven on the mainland. Chai Koay is one of its famed Ori-Maestro food besides its Roast Duck and Tim Sum. I am salivating despite after dinner time.
Before you relocate, do arm yourself with the “Good Morning” mini China towel for your daily food binge and salivating. Towel only available in Penang Island, I guess.

Concerned
Concerned

Again without PORR why they still widening Gurney Drive? Imagine 3 lanes of traffic going into Gottlieb road or Kalawei Road? What is the logic?

Just
Just
I believe the Seri Tanjung Pinang Development being master planned is providing the type of infrastructure that has never been provided by other developers in Penang. From what I can see the density is much lower than what is coming up in Batu Ferringi and Tanjung Bunga. even other major master planned developments like the Light and Southbay appear to be of higher density. if the EIA requirements are met, then it is a good thing, as it will hopefully reduce the pressure from other sensitive areas like hill slope developments and high rise condos in the established housing areas… Read more »
moo_t
6 lanes road!? I say, WTH. There is no changes of dateline when Malaysia become net oil importer country in year 2015, that’s means oil price will spike and kill all your motorist driving appetite. After widening the road to 6 lanes, the maintenance is not going cheap. So who is going to pay for the maintenance? Malaysia car drivers loves to complain insufficient road, because they never face the real cost of road building/maintenance. Instead of expanding to 6 lanes road, I suggest Penang government retain the current road status and consider Singapore experience on traffic control. Make the… Read more »
jay
jay

If the story is read carefully, nothing is promised by E&O.

Looks like the Penang Forum is satisfied with just getting an audience.

Nothing has changed!

Nadarajan Rajagopal
Nadarajan Rajagopal

What is Penang Forum? Who are the members of this Penang Forum?
How and when was this Penang Forum formed? What are the main objectives of this Penang Forum? In what manner can this Penang Forum improve the existing infrastructure of the Penang State and contribute towards its future development?
Please enlighten the simple Penangites like us about your good-selves. We are expecting a comprehensive and enlightening information regarding the Penang Forum and its good members.

sunnyooi
sunnyooi

Once the traffic congestion problem there is fixed, property prices there will jump again. This will further invite more development and the vicious cycle continues. Anil should fight to deny them from widening gurney drive instead.

Christine Yong
Christine Yong

It is such good initiative that E&O is seeking public forum!! Consider a Theme Park, not necessary water theme park! This will promote Penang tourism. Maintain the park with high standard to attract tourist with spending power!! A play ground or ordinary park would attract locals who will dirty the park with food and rubbish!!

SpeakUp
SpeakUp

720 acres … 5 units per acre = 3500+ units, rich homes got 3 cars … that would be about 10,000 cars. Yeah sure its so low in density. ROFL! Any affordable homes? None la … LGE will scream at BN for affordable home etc but never when it comes to his own approved projects. How nice ya?

Sze Tho Weng Ho
Sze Tho Weng Ho

Everyone has a right to speak up but at least get your facts right before opening your big mouth.

Reflections
Reflections

The Tanjung Pinang project was approved and started long before the present state government came to power.

Get your facts right before shooting off your hips.

SpeakUp
SpeakUp

We are talking the latest phase AND LGE did approve of it, not that he was forced to ok. Get that right.

Suhaila
Suhaila

Will you be participating in the 1Malaysia Round Table talk?

Edisi Khas
Edisi Khas

The public is keen to know which housing/commercial projects were approved under BN/Gerakan era and present Pakatan/DAP.
Can Anil provide such info ?

Edisi Khas
Edisi Khas
There are many housing/commercial projects with work in progress right now and may not be necessarily being approved by present government. Ong Eu Soon (who may be the priviledged person to know more than the skin deep) previously has a long list of new housing/commercial properties now in progress (also some pending). So instead of “barking” at wrong trees like Bkt Bendera stray dogs it is wise if the public get to know which and where and how and why these projects being approved then only we talk otherwie waste of time and energy. The ? now is do the… Read more »
SpeakUp
SpeakUp

One blogger gave some so called info:

LGE=280 projects approved
LCE+KTK lose to him

This is NOT verified yet. Someone should check it out. :0)

Talk Facts lah
Talk Facts lah

Speak Up pls provide link to which blogger says so otherwise we consider it as fabricated & unsubstantiated figures which hold no ground.

ok ?

Edisi Khas
Edisi Khas

Corporate social responsibility must be transparent to general public.
We appreciate your presence in the meeting to stress that.

After E&O, probably Ivory Properties, IJM & Mah Sing will follow to invite prominent bloggers and public to provide viewpoints ???

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