Gentrification alert! Developer snaps up some 200 George Town properties

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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.

World Class Land evictint tenants in Lorong Bertam area.

Teng Kok, who employs 10 workers, is currently paying RM3,500 in monthly rental for the shoplot. His two-year tenancy agreement expired on 31 August 2016.

The shop he operates from, along with 25 others at Penang Road and Bertam Lane, has been sold by the landlord to companies affiliated to World Class Land, in his case WCL (Bertam L) Sdn Bhd.

World Class Land evictint tenants in Lorong Bertam area.

World Class Land is the property arm of Singapore’s Aspial Corporation Ltd, which started out as a traditional jeweller in 1970. The firm now has property development projects and investments in Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. Aspial is headed by CEO Koh Wee Seng, the son of the family jewellers who is now ranked 43rd among Singapore’s 50 Richest by Forbes.

“We are deeply concerned that ONE company (regardless of foreign or local) is uprooting a great number of families and gutting a number of heritage buildings in George Town,” says George Town Heritage Action founder Mark Lay.

World Class Land evictint tenants in Lorong Bertam area.

“The WCL model is to buy, evict tenants, renovate, build and drastically increase rentals which local Penangites are mostly unable to afford.”

Over at Noordin Street/Gurdwara Road nearby, 37 houses have been targeted in one spot alone. All tenants have been evicted.

The firm’s overall plan appears to be to increase floor space by building high-rise blocks. In Melbourne, WCL is building the southern hemisphere’s tallest residential tower, the 101-storey Australia 108.

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In George Town, WCL has submitted an application to build a 46-storey tower block that would rival nearby 65-storey Komtar in height. The application involves the demolition of 11 houses to be replaced by 115 condos and office space.

The application has not yet been approved. What this means is that such plans can still be stopped by the authorities without having to pay any compensation.

Noordin Street/Gurdwara Road lies in the Seven Streets Precinct, which was included by the city council in a dossier to Unesco in 2008 as worthy of conservation. But because the precinct lies outside the protected Unesco heritage buffer zone, conservation guidelines are lax and it has become the latest playground for developers. This may explain why WCL has snapped up 128 properties in the entire precinct, according to Mark (see below):

WCL snaps up 128 houses in 7 Streets Precinct

The George Town Heritage Action founder is at pains to stress that WCL is doing nothing illegal. If anything, it is going by the book.

“But there is a moral issue at stake here,” he says, that is the loss of diversity both in the built and intangible cultural heritage of George Town.

That’s not to mention the displacement of the established local community.

Mark suggests five steps that could be taken to stop or slow down WCL’s bulk purchases of heritage properties:

  • Limit the change of use for heritage buildings.
  • Zone out certain activities – ie high-end businesses which do not benefit the local community.
  • Make use of provisions of the Penang Heritage Enactment/Penang Heritage Regulations 2016 (which comes into forces today). The enactment provides for the position of an all-powerful state heritage commissioner, who can “declare any cultural heritage and natural heritage as state heritage”.
  • Involve the National Heritage Department (JWN) – should the buffer zone be extended to cover Seven Streets Precinct?
  • Involve Unesco – seek advice/comments when Unesco officials come to assess Sia Boey.
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As things stand, the state appears to be leaving the Seven Streets Precinct as a free-for-all area to be gobbled up by property developers who want to turn it into an ‘international city’ – and all that it implies.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Mark suggests that the new state heritage commissioner could declare the precinct as part of state heritage, worthy of conservation.

Otherwise, what we are faced with now, he warns, is a Unesco world heritage site in inner city George Town while next to it, another world is emerging: a playground for the rich – similar to the superficial heritage trappings, fancy eateries and glitzy lights of Nagore Road – that is well beyond the reach of ordinary Penangites. Indeed, gentrification is fast swallowing up the cultural and natural heritage of the area.

What is gentrification? According to Benjamin Grant in pbs.org:

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies.

Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalised.

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ZS Heng
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ZS Heng

Try this chicken rice the next time you go to Singapore. The shop is opened by a former SQ stewardess:
http://www.kwongwah.com.my/?p=197438

Damien
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Damien

Pak Phai Hang Cheng or spoil the market scene Singapore irritates some but bring pleasure of many 2nd/3rd generations owners of pre war heritage shophouses.

Imagine how to physically divide up the house among the inheritance? So Spore is the saviour. Lets say RM1.6 million for a dilapidated old unit, then if divide between let’s say 2 then each get RM800k.

RM800k can get a decent new condo of RM600k, and balance RM200k for a old couple to daily shake legs drinking kopi where ever in Penang and log into Anilnetto.com reading heritage dongeng from the likes of tunglang!

gk ong
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gk ong

Rich Malaysians also buy up Singapore properties to spoil their market. Genting boss is from Malaysia taking up prime estate in Sentosa for Resort World.

Camilia
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Camilia

Singaporeans will argue that the influx of Malaysian talents escaping NEP in Malaysia also deprive the locals their jobs.

David Loman
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David Loman

For decades these owners have derived little rental yield during the era of Rent Control.
It is logical that they cash in now for the windfall to improve their livelihood in their twilight years.
No guilt since their units are not defined within the heritage zone.

tunglang
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tunglang
Stop selling state land to foreigners, PKR man tells Penang government https://sg.news.yahoo.com/stop-selling-state-land-foreigners-045953756.html GEORGE TOWN: A PKR leader today has urged the DAP-led state government to stop selling anymore state land, especially to foreigners. PKR Tanjung division chief Ng Chek Siang said since there was only limited amount of state land left, the state government must decide wisely on ways to develop Penang in line with the needs of its people. Ng said housing has always been a point of contention for many Penangites and problems associated with housing included affordability and location. He said as land is a scarce commodity,… Read more »
Vivica 118
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Vivica 118

China now focus on Melaka prperties eg Gateway Melaka.

Its a matter of time begore the shift focus to majority chinese Penang island.

The Singapore investment consortium is smart as they can possibly sell those refurbished shoplots at even higher prices to the communist mainland China.

So lets just wait and see the second wave of foreign buyings of heritage Penang.

Wonder why local rich tychoons like Vincent/Robin Tan of Berjaya willing to buy up Korea Jeju property and Cardiff football lub but no confidence in Penang?

David Loman
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David Loman

Buying overseas properties is one method of money laundering?

tunglang
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tunglang
This morning, I went to Komtar Pos Office to pay bills, then walked to Lorong Bertam passing by Hock Seong Choon Kopitiam. I chanced upon the “Siam Ke” (Siamese) Chicken Rice Ori-Maestro. I asked about his affected business & he told me he will relocate to Kek Seng Kopitiam further down the Penang Road. He told me more house tenants in the vicinity will face the same predicament. His parting shot: “Ha-mih lang e-kam soe? Chi-le Singapore Lang cho phai hang-cheng!” ( Who can truly afford to rent? These Singaporeans really spoil the market! ) Some months ago, I got… Read more »
Sora Zhen
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Sora Zhen

In order to appeal to young customers, Mr Wang may consider switching from Thai chicken to Korean Fried chicken, which is very popular among the K-Pop generation watching the Korean dramas. Korean Fried Chicken with cold beer will be a hit in the evening. Just a suggestion for him when he restart his business at Keng Seng kopitiam (once famous for its Law Bak?). Mr tunglang can relay my suggestion to him.

David Loman
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David Loman

“Chicken Up” Korean Fried Chicken is a new hit in Johor Bahru, after Singapore.
Possibly to hit the shore of Penang soon?
http://johorkaki.blogspot.com/2016/07/chicken-up-johor-bahru-holiday-villa-jb.html
http://www.chicken-up.com

Mr Wang can employ “guerrilla marketing” strategy (tunglang can be advisor) to tap into this potential market before the big guy hit the town?

Vivica 118
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Vivica 118

Kotler 4P marketing to sustain MrWang business.

Selling chicken rice with fried ones plus beer is one form of product (P) extension.

Playing thai music sabai sabai as trademark promotion (another P).

Place (another P) at Kek Seng kopitiam can leverage on its long legacy but parking (5th P) a problem there.

Price (final P) can set multi tier pricing, badics at RM3 plus add ons.

tunglang
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tunglang

Aren’t you aware you missed one pertinent (P) of “Siam Ke”?
May I teach you to whisper “Ah Hia, Ah Hia”
Tis sure to convert sceptics to loyal customers! More so with a Tiger Beer in hand!

You may try this in time to help revitalise Mr Wang’s “Siam Ke” Chicken Rice business at Kek Seng Kopitiam.
Remember to let me know when!

tunglang
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tunglang

Are you proposing that “Siam Ke” be rebranded + repackaged as shortie-skirtie “Han Kok Ke”?
How can Mr Wang afford to employ 3-some or 4-some “Han Kok Ke” K-poping + dancing along ‘go kaki’ (5-foot way) to entice customers to taste “Han Kok Ke”???
“건배 여자” (geonbae yeoja! = Cheers Girls!) will most likely reverberate every evening to reach the top floor of Komtar Tower!

Damien
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Damien

Psy at Han Chiang proves Korean wave popularity. Selling chicken with beer extra revenue no harm try out. Can encourage Kek Seng boss plays K-pop to attract younger customers as most retirees at nearby SiaBoey have ‘migrated’ to Relau kopitiams serving more affordable street foods.

gk ong
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gk ong

Have you tasted the Siam Ke?
What is your verdict?
Value for money?
Recommend to Anil readers?
Got picture to showcase?

tunglang
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tunglang

Why should I show & tell to satisfy your Angry-Bird questioning?
Just go there & call for “Siam Ke” lah! Aren’t you a man?
Or is it your Venerable taught you how to angry-question after a life’s experience of Am-A-See-See Questioning?

gk ong
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gk ong

Wang must be very disappointed that tunglang has refused to promote his stall when given the opportunity. Refusal to comment could give impression to readers that the food is not good. Maybe Wang did not give discount to please tunglang?

Damien
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Damien

Next time whoever at Kek Seng kopitiam (could be a heritage icon since in operation for many decades) when order Siam Or chicken rice, do get side order of its famous icekacang topped up with icecream.
However, Anil may not get free WiFi there to do work.

tunglang
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tunglang

Janji Free Wifi di seluruh Penang, tapi tak boleh pakai!
Jangan lah shiok-shiok orang (hanya untuk memancing Undi) jika tak mampu buat apa yang menyilai seperti Pontianak!

David Loman
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David Loman

Anil should be able to get telco sponsor for Free Wifi access 24/7 anywhere in Penang.
Perhaps this is one of the perks in Penang Forum?

tunglang
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tunglang

Komtar just opposite, yet no Penang Wifi?
What a shame of great promises ala 308!!!

tunglang
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tunglang
Walked along RopeWalk Piazza last Saturday after visiting Thye Huat (hardware shop). RopeWalk Piazza is a row of prewar houses recently refurbished by developers for rental to upmarket businesses. My observation: The 5-foot way is indeed obstruction free & clean & sometimes slippery due to the afternoon rain. There are house numbers & letter boxes with symbols etched onto black horizontal plaques ‘build into’ the exterior walls for clear identification & consistency of design. Businesses of tenants: A tattoo shop, cafes, waffle shop, restaurants. The image is of course up-market & more for the yuppies. Peering in & just for… Read more »
Joseph
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Joseph

Of the two businesses of different times, which one will last into the future?

Retailers/restaurants are targeting iPhone generation (usually not smart in financial management) who have higher propensity to spend on easy credit (from parents and banks). While Nokia generation has fond memories of old establishments, they seldom part with their money easily nowadays to keep their beloved business afloat.

So more likely for Chap Tabik to make way for Old Town or Ah Huat, if not Starbucks, to feed the consumer behavior of the smartphone generation.

tunglang
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tunglang
Old Town in Farlim opposite 1 Malaysia Clinic closed shop many moons ago. I was told the same in Perak Road. Ah Huat sells coffee with money prizes to entice customers. Ah Niu plays coffee boy to entertain potential coffee drinkers. At the end of the day, it’s the heavenly taste of Genuine Kopi that counts. Compared to Coffee Tree’s Penang White Coffee, Ah Huat ‘bi bo kopi-ien’. Let’s see which brands will last into the future. When the customer base is increasingly going to be bankrupt, the brand that feeds their bin-chui ego is most likely to slip on… Read more »
gk ong
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gk ong

Ah Huat and Ali Cafe are both from the same company. Same product but different packaging to appeal to different market segments. They can further tap into Indian market share if they launch Kabali cafe, but the royalty will not come cheaply.

David Loman
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David Loman

Komtar Coffee House opened today 10 September in Penang – free try for 3 days.

tunglang
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tunglang

I thought Ali Cafe was no better than Ah Huat!
What a brand extension exercise that brings no quantum leap of brand quality of the “Oomph”

Joseph
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Joseph

Savour every sip of your coffee.

Coffee could become extinct if global warming continues on its current trajectory, according to a report by The Climate Institute. By 2050, researchers said, the amount of suitable coffee farmland is expected to have halved due to rising temperatures, pests and fungi. Wild coffee is expected to be wiped from the face of the planet by the year 2080.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coffee-could-be-extinct-by-2080-due-to-climate-change-destroying-areas-suitable-for-growing-beans-a7222241.html

tunglang
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tunglang

So, all the more for sustainable development without the wild cat development rampage of endangered Nature!

Henry Yap
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Henry Yap

You have a point. Unfortunately the younger generation does not think like you.

Sora Zhen
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Sora Zhen

Young people likes Latte as they can have coffee art with the cream on top.
Also they find it cool to be seen hanging out at Starbucks.

tunglang
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tunglang

Cap Tabik kopi o also getting more expensive?
Pls go to Sui Hwa Supermarket to buy a packet (of 30 sachets) @ Rm9.90.
The ubiquitous Red packet that beats many me-too-brands with fancy packaging or shouting prize money – “Huat ah, huat ah, huat ah!”

Damien
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Damien

Ah Niu at Sunshine Square last Sunday promoting Ah Huat kopi. Unfortunately, he didn’t speak much hokkien as most of his young fans prefer Mandarin. The goings don’t know what the actual meaning of Huat? May be Heng Ong Huat rally call when they reach voting age?

Cap Tabik kopi o also getting more expensive. Tunglang should check out once in a while tabik offer at Pacific Komtar after regular haunt at new Rope Walk Little Spore!

David Loman
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David Loman

Kopi sitcom Malaysia

tunglang
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tunglang

Unfortunately for the brands that crave for a share of unstable consumer market, brand building is going to be a practice of nightmare & cyclical change of niche marketing strategies! Good luck to the marketing department.

gk ong
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gk ong

Baby Boomers can appreciate the classic nanyang flavored kopi but Gen Y would prefer to have their names written on the Sta.rbucks coffee cup.

Nowadays the father may want a family dinner at Chu-char stall of kopitiam, but their children would insist on Dragon-i dinner. Sign of the time.

Chiang Khai Lin
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Chiang Khai Lin

Can the heritage association put in place the regulation of development around the heritage area. Like maximum height of building. The do and don’t. Abd social responsibility that they must made. Development must go on, is good to have money in and grow Penang. And don’t always think singaporean is bad, there are a lot of good people in Singapore who can support charity. I only against cutting hill for building.

Jennifer Mourin
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What can be done to avert more of this – am at a loss!

gk ong
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gk ong

For start, ask yourself if you ever frequent that kopitiam and eat the chicken rice of Mr Wang to support him? Or are you a customer of the Chicken Rice Shop fastfood chain instead?

Vivica 118
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Vivica 118

Kotler 4P marketing to sustain MrWang business.

Selling chicken rice with fried ones plus beer is one form of product (P) extension.

Playing thai music sabai sabai as trademark promotion (another P).

Place (another P) at Kek Seng kopitiam can leverage on its long legacy but parking (5th P) a problem there.

Price (final P) can set multi tier pricing, badics at RM3 plus add ons.

zoro
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zoro

Willing seller and willing buyer. a gee can take action like LGE. Or pg forum very good in proposing bfc plan alternate to ptp. Pg forum has many NGOs. Others can only complain and bark. No solution.

tunglang
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tunglang
Assuming the 200 houses were bought @ Rm1 million each (averaged out) over a time period, and to quote a Malaysiakini news: since April 2014, foreigners were subjected to an approval fee of three percent on top of the purchase price of the properties purchased by them. CAT must be gleefully salivating to approve such mass purchase: a tidy sum of Rm6 million from the 3% charged as approval fees for the 200 houses purchased! Who cares if the madness of foreigner purchasing has (weepingly) halved by now but the tidy sum has bloated the state coffer for annual rounds… Read more »
zoro
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zoro

Why not you become another lim, as become a director and get 1.5% ,fees.they save 1..5% and state Gomen ie pg lang gets zero, kopi kosong. You do not want pg Gomen to earn revenue.

tunglang
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tunglang

Talking like Niao Kong! Get original!!

Bigjoe
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Bigjoe
These gentrification projects actually are not that easy to make money. The primary problem is its difficult to add revenue sqf while cost of renovation is much higher than building from scratch. Raising rent is inevitable if you do it BUT, higher rent may not actually bring better return than investing in new virgin land projects. Often these projects are just trophy projects. So before going off all negative, it could be the best inevitability you are looking at. A living city or neighbour cannot be antiques or museum, the best guarantee of a living heritage in the long run… Read more »
zoro
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zoro

Building on higher grd cannot, building on reclaimed land cannot. So pg forum is giving idea to buy old properties and evict them. So best is to follow the law and tenants orso have to follow.

Jed Mitter
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Jed Mitter

Singapore has already destroyed most of their Historical sites and screwed up most of their heritage sites too. What they now have is whatever they could salvage when they realised how stupid they were in rushing into “Progress”
Now these Singaporeans are going to Malaysia and Screw up Penang in the Same way.
Do not let them screw up your City.

gk ong
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gk ong

Jed Mitter ought to visit Singapore and see how the historical buildings are not only conserved, but refurbished to old glory and put to good use. For example the Victoria Concert Hall with the Stamford Raffles statue in front. Do not be deceived by the Umno media like Utusan and TV3 out to discredit Kota Singa.

XiaoBee
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XiaoBee

Walk along North Bridge Road in Singapore and see how rows of old shophouses are well maintained with proper kaki Lima for walking pedestrians.

Sora Zhen
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Sora Zhen

Anil ought to visit Singapore too to see things for himself.

Joseph
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Joseph

Jed Miller should watch this 1988 (more than 30 years ago!) Singapore documentary “A Future for our Past” outlining its conservation program:


https://youtube.com/watch?v=JwuLdSb7e3M

zoro
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zoro

Same here. Why road names were changed? Yap ah loy did something for muddy mouth but like rubber from trees, it is erased. Why gilakan erase some iconic landmark the admusement parks and built the komtar?

Joseph
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Joseph

The MRT project destroyed century-old heritage buildings in KL’s Jalan Sultan, possibly to erase the historical references to Yap Ah Loy?

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/299415

http://cj.my/post/62716/save-jalan-sultan-group-we-want-face-to-face-dialogue-with-mrt/

Tuckfook
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Tuckfook
Must we support every seemingly poor tortured folk that has taken to complain publicly that his cheap tenancy agreement has expired and has nowhere cheap to go? This siamese chicken rice was displaced from nr where the Komtar Pos Office is, when Komtar was built. It used to be one of the more popular stalls but times change. Try visiting the current shop, not the most comfortable by chicken rice standards nor amongst the more hygienic and tastier of Penang, certainly not Michelin by far. So what are we trying to save, a dying business? an old building perhaps of… Read more »
Joseph
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Joseph
SINGAPORE — Singapore’s beloved hawker industry faces an uncertain future with a wave of chef retirements imminent, raising questions about who will cook the city state’s signature street-food delights. There are over 100 hawker centres and 6,000 stalls in Singapore, run mainly by ageing chefs, with people from all sections of society attracted to the tasty multi-ethnic meals that cost as little as S$2.80. But the tough working conditions in the small, basic kitchens and low profits have led many new chefs to look to larger, modern restaurants for bigger revenues. Some experienced hawker sellers in Singapore believe the younger… Read more »
zoro
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zoro

Pg lang have to eat more nasi Kandar, roti prata and less char keow teow and hokkien mee. No problem with Malay and indian food. Good luck to chinese food. We ask for it.

gk ong
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gk ong

Too much emphasis on Nasi Kandar in Penang while the profits made by those mamaks are mostly repatriated back to India, little multiplier effect contribution to the Penang economy. They do not hire locals but import Bangla workers. For that I would support local hawkers that need to feed the family at home.

Henry Yap
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Henry Yap

I stopped frequenting the Nasi Kandar stalls in Penang having witnessed the rowdiness of mamak protest at Komtar, with black cakes and coffin.

tunglang
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tunglang

Nasi Kandar was already a staple food for many Indian Muslims esp. in the enclaves of Little india & Kampung Kolam for more than a 100 years.
Before you were born! So, do appreciate our unique local multi-cultural cuisines without being phobic to the point of distortion.

Damien
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Damien

Many so-called famous Penang Street food like char kway teow, chendol, Laksa etc have gone upmarket with aircon pricing yet many heritage lovers chose to ignore the vanishing vintage exclusive to Penang types of street servings?

tunglang
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tunglang

Get real. Going upmarket costs lots of money & may lose many local customers who go for affordable hawker food.
Have some respect for local hawkers many of whom are not well-endowed with money but who care to serve the society well with affordable & cheap meals.
Gentrification in Penang is ‘killing’ more hawkers than helping to promote Pg hawker food business.
Going upmarket just to pay hefty rents & earning pittance is not going to cut for any common-sense hawkers, famous or not.

zoro
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zoro

Gentrification orso happen long ago in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Trengganu etc. How come we have chinatown in those places? Not only chinatown but orso little India. Chinatown orso happen in the West and down under. Instead of high-rise, they change the outlook of the place and copied the east into the western architecture. Why western architecture, they change and put chinese arches across the roads into chinatown? Poor ang mohs have to evict or move out for new occupiers. Care to explain gentrification in West and penang

Lousy.Engineer
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Lousy.Engineer

Habis la Penang kalau ini macam. Penang boh liao.

Anti-DAP
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Anti-DAP

Here’s a suggestion: kick the DAP gomen out of Penang in the next general election.

tunglang
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tunglang

“Here’s a suggestion: kick the DAP gomen out of Penang in the next general election.”

You mean Developers Association of Penang, to be more precise in form & principles?
Reality Check: The old & angelic DAP is no more, paham kah kebenaran?, trolls & minions.

gk ong
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gk ong

Are you being impressed by the “Young Masters” of Gerakan, that have ousted the the 2 old timer Tengs in Penang?

zoro
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zoro

kick dap out and turn it like johor.

zoro
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zoro

Tun lang, anil and pg forum ask for it. They can build on 259’ft threshold and reclaim from sea. Where to go? Buy over old properties and evict the dwellers. So suffer more? If so kind hearted why not they buy over those properties? Mind you it is not only 1 willing seller but many willing sellers queing up. Owners rather take the money and enjoy their fruits rather than give to their children or grand children who enjoy the fruits

zoro
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zoro

Why pf come out to help the property owner? He get 3.5k for shop rent and say 2k for above shop a total of 5.5k per month. How much will be the maintenance for old prewar house and new paint cost? Foc? Pg forum has no solution and yet there are hundreds give give their time freely talking but not doing. Action is the key word.

tunglang
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tunglang
6am Friday Rain – a Bedroom Drama of Bo-Kia-Bo-Su, Betting Tea & Wet, Wet Botak Head Bet-Tea Bor: Ang ah, ang ah! Wake-wake up! Rain lai liau! Ai-Bin Ang: Ha-mih? Chhit-goeh koe liau. Rain bo liau mah! Bet-Tea Bor: Gua oredi kong – “Botak head, chin-che su!” Ai-Bin Ang: Potong, potong liau. Bo-su, bo-su. Lang HongKee can do, lu kia ha-mih? Ini fesyen global – Cosmo-250 Plus! Bet-Tea Bor: Loh-ho, be khun. Lu bo-kiaaaaa? Ai-Bin Ang: Penang Lang, gua bo-kia. Bet-Tea Bor: Ha-le Penang 4-Roomers bising-bising, lu bo-kiaaaaa? Ai-Bin Ang: Lim kopi, lim kopi. Bo-su, bo-su. Bet-Tea Bor: Ai-bin kui!… Read more »
David Loman
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David Loman

Since it is quite difficult for those traditional food vendors to operate in George Town due to the escalating rental and imminent sale of their current shoplots, another way for such food business to thrive is for the state government to set up night market/pasar malam within George Town. Look at Jalan Alor in KL and the various night markets in Taiwan for inspiration.

Jalan Alor – Food Street in Kuala Lumpur

Taiwanese Night Market Food Recipes 2016

Sora Zhen
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Sora Zhen

good suggestion. thumbs up from me.

Ken
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Ken

Perhaps in the other perspective, many of those dilapidated houses can be “revived” and maintained before it collapsed? Just look at some of those conditions, one should not even go in, much less to eat there! Amen…

Swat
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Swat

Oh yes ! Thank you for the enlightenment !

zoro
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zoro

not some but many. will pg forum write to unesco and complain about the rot and sore eye and unhealthy living?

Musang King
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Musang King

It is not about food you idiot, it is about greediness if the rich and richest!

Damien
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Damien

Musang King finds rivalry in Black Thorn in durian supremacy.

zoro
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zoro

One work also wants to get more pay. No one work for free. One buy shares in companies giving more return. You want to be like mas losing money every year. If company not giving dividends you ask why! You want to have productive workers.

Noel
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Noel
i also do not want to see these shops torn down and redeveloped into some shiny new condo – this looks like the end of Georgetown as we know it (hokkien dying, developers swooping in) – but what is the point of this article ? more importantly – how can we solve this problem ? 1) can we tell the developers not to redevelop ? 2) can we tell the landlord/owner not to sell ? 3) can we submit petition to state govt to block these sales ? 4) do we go gather in youth park or esplanade with loudspeakers… Read more »
Joseph
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Joseph

Keeping heritage alive in Penang’s historic George Town
By: Daniel Besant – August 10, 2016
George Town’s charming heritage buildings are being repurposed by a group of Penang citizens devoted to resurrecting the city’s identity
http://sea-globe.com/penang-georgetown-heritage/

zoro
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zoro

Not only one willing seller and there is only one willing seller. The willing sellers are queing up in a straight row like lge. Mighty singland dollar and banana ringgit notes. We should start from the basic cause.if not transaction no issue. What do you expect when tokong himself encounter this? But only he did not tear down and rebuilt

David Loman
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David Loman

Elaborating on your point #8, ask yourself why ‘Wang Teng Kok’ cannot become a brand name like ‘Tim Ho Wan’ or ‘Ding Tai Fung’? Or ‘Bertam’ cannot become a ‘Mong Kok’ / ‘Wong Kok’? Even Mark Lay could be repositioned as Kim Gary to bring in customers.

I leave it to our in-house marketing guru tunglang to further expound his theories on such blue ocean strategy.

tunglang
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tunglang

A vote for CAT = Gentrification of Pulo Pinang?
GENTRIFICATION means Gentle (a class above) + Terrific (wow of high-end progress) + Action (death to old world charm Penang & Asian multi-cultures).
Anil, I hope your blog is not gentrified to the extent of censoring what is meaningful x-pression for laymen’s comprehension.

I am beginning to equate Gentrification of places to the Indian Caste System of displacement + segregation of society but on the vulture scale.

tunglang
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tunglang
Once upon a time, tis the ONLY kopitiam where you can ask for “Siam Ke” (literally Siamese Chicken Rice, so Anil, pls don’t misunderstand for gentrification of social discourse). The proprietor, a handsome man look-alike to one HongKee action actor would cheekily pronounce his ‘fee’ for a binge of his “Siam Ke” in the thousands. Eg in the 90s, Rm 5.00 for a plate of Chicken Rice + Drumstick + Chicken Liver would be translated into 5 thousand bath! Just can’t help but wonder he’s trying to pull our legs of humour as if his stall is right in the… Read more »
David Loman
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David Loman

Siam Ke can be an euphemism for GRO in Hatyai?

Anyway, here is a good Hokkien song for all, to promote the dialect heritage:
吃饱没? Jiak Ba Buay (have you Makan?)

Vivica 118
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Vivica 118
Victor Liew
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Willing buyer willing seller.

zoro
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zoro

All the chicken and duck talk but no solution. Talk talk talk and is all empty and no solution

David Loman
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David Loman

The young guy who inherited the heritage shoplot from his father must have done his mathematics.
Option 1: Rent it for RM3,500 a month
Option 2: Sell the shoplot for RM1.5million, put money in the bank for 3.9% annual FD interest
Which option will give him a better monthly yield? RM3.5K or RM4.8K?

Joseph
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Joseph

Foreigners are not allowed to buy landed properties costing less than RM2million on the Penang island since July 2012.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/354461

Purchase of properties by foreigners in Penang has declined by more than 50 percent since 2013, said state executive councillor on housing Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He said the state government acknowledged that foreigners have stronger purchasing power due to the depreciating ringgit.

“Bulk buying by them could possibly cause an unnatural increase in property prices in Penang due to speculative activity,” he conceded, in a statement today.

tunglang
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tunglang

I recently talk to one of my suppliers.
“What do you think of the super-high rentals in George Town mostly caused by SingLanders?
She said: “Don’t rent lah! See how long they can ‘tahan’?”

zoro
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zoro

BN – very good foreign money coming in. State – market more active whether black or white cat ad long cat catch mice.

zoro
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zoro

if you think it is s small amount why dont pg lang or pg forum buy them so cheap? even other malaysians will change the features for his investment