Hopefully, the Penang state government will put in place a large public park and other free recreational spaces, vegetable farms and fruit orchards for food security, and planned sustainable transport infrastructure, including bicycle lanes and top quality pedestrian networks in Batu Kawan.

This would be in line with a habitat for sustainable living.

Quote from statement below:

This development is in line with PDC’s policy to promote and sell land to attract catalyst projects to Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan. In doing so, PDC plans to provide services that will help complement the Industrial development sector for example in developing commercial centres, premium designer outlets, specialist hospital and international schools.

Not only should affordable housing be provided, enough land must be allocated for adequate public health care and education infrastructure to serve all rakyat of all income levels.

Statement by the Penang Chief Minister:

IKEA’s Entry Into Batu Kawan Is A Vote Of Confidence For Penang And A Boost To Making Seberang Perai As The Future Choice For Investments, Tourism & Habitat For Sustainable Living

The State Government and PDC’s strategic plans for Batu Kawan will receive an additional boost with the sale of 245 acres of land for the purpose of development of an integrated shopping mall, anchored by an IKEA store to be developed by Ikano Pte Ltd, and mixed development of offices and residences to be developed jointly by Aspen-Ikano (a joint venture company to be formed by Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd and Ikano Pte Ltd).

At the press conference, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in welcoming this new investment by Aspen and Ikano, said the 245 acres development in Batu Kawan will include:

30 acres for the development of IKEA Store and phase 1 of the Shopping Mall
45 acres for the development of phase 2 of the Shopping Mall; and
170 acres for mixed development purposes (Remaining Parcels)

The total land cost for the project is RM 483,951,600 and payment is to be made within 60 months from the date of Agreement. A RM 5 million non-refundable deposit has also being paid to PDC.

Also present in the press conference were PDC General Manager Dato’ Rosli Jaafar, Aspen Group Founder and Group CEO Dato’ M Murly, Aspen Group Co-Founder & Chairman Dato’ Seri Nazir Ariff, Executive Directors Dr. Lim Su Kiat and Mr Lee Peng Cheong and General Manager Ir Woo Kok Weng.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng informed that the entire commercial and mixed developments on the 245 acres of land are expected to be completed within 10 years from the date of Agreement. Notwithstanding that, the IKEA Store is to be developed and completed within the time frame mutually acceptable by both parties. The time frame that all parties are targeting at is about 5 years or sooner, depending on various surrounding, economic and demand factors.

Aspen and Ikano are expected to submit their development plans to Local Authorities this year and estimated to commence development activities by end of the year or early next year. In line with Aspen’s vision and strategies, a major part of the residential component will cater for the mass market with affordably priced and quality eco-friendly homes

This development is in line with PDC’s policy to promote and sell land to attract catalyst projects to Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan. In doing so, PDC plans to provide services that will help complement the Industrial development sector for example in developing commercial centres, premium designer outlets, specialist hospital and international schools.

Over the past years, the state government and PDC have been successful in wooing marquee investors to develop key projects in Batu Kawan.

The success story is inclusive of the planned development of educational investments and facilities such as KDU University College, University of Hull which will establish their school of Engineering, Accountancy, Law, Business Studies and Logistics.

To complement this rapid development, the state government and PDC have also planned for the development of 11,800 units of public housing (less than RM 72,000 per unit) and affordable housing (between RM 72,000 – RM 250,000 per unit), thus setting the road map to make Batu Kawan a quality residential area for the future.

Penangites have waited for many years for IKEA to open for business. Penang is proud that IKEA has chosen Batu Kawan as the first IKEA store outside Kuala Lumpur. With IKEA’s presence, the state government hopes that PDC will succeed in its efforts to make Batu Kawan a more attractive place for those from the island to live, learn, work and play.

With an integrated commercial, advanced manufacturing and services hub together with good universities setting up shop in Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai Selatan would be as good as those from other parts of the state. The total value of IKEA investments will be made known when their key management personnel visits me next month.

The state government is confident that the entry of IKEA into Batu Kawan is a vote of confidence for Penang and a boost to making Seberang Perai as the future choice for investments, tourism and habitat for sustainable living.

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  1. Bicycle Lanes? The Island already has them! So surely we can expect the same on Batu Kawan. Hopefully these lanes are not bicycle/suicide lanes like those on the island.
    On recreational space for those on the mainland..the State Gov. has done nothing substantial in the past 5+ years. Excellent river and coastal opportunities abound from Butterowrth to Juru, where the bulk of the population reside. But what has been given back to the people? Two decades+++ ago we had the Mengkuang Dam, and BM Hill as the premier recreational areas. Today, it’s the same.
    Though it can be argued in favor of the local gov. that the premier recreational space today are malls..

    • too much concentration of growth in Klang Valley (sustainable or not also questionable) past decades.
      Now up North (Penang) and down south (Iskandar Johor) have seen exponential growth not seen before. Of course living cost also goes up but older parerents can have their children finding jobs closer at home no need to “migrate” to Klang Valley or Spore.

    • Of course smart people only buy things on weekly offer at IKEA; and learn the design and decor showroom.
      Many local furnture shops have fear of the arrival of IKEA, and understandle if you compare presence of Tesco/Aeon/Giant among the neighbourhood kedai runcit. Of course you still patronise kedai runcit but when there’s weekly offer it’s irresistible unless you have rich daddies or mummies to finance your budgeting.

      • I must add that for years local furniture manufacturers (e.g. those in Muar) have been relying on cheap imported labor without due care for automation for productivity improvement. These SMEs suppress wage increase. Now they are making noise even with the added cost of I-Kad for their foreign workers. So the arrival of IKEA in Northern Malaysia will make them even more nervous?

    • IKEA may not be cheap but its ‘hip factor’ appeals to young generation.
      IKEA is creative in design and it will help to promote more creativity among the Northern folks.
      Anyway, its presence is good for competition as existing furniture stores need to be competitive in offerings and pricing to attract or retain customers.

  2. Batu Kawan new township must include proper public amenities planning from start.

    For example, need to have proper sheltered hub for public buses. At Air Itam, Bukit Jambul Bukit Gedung on the island the RapidPenang hubs are by the roadsides causing traffic jams easily.
    Don’t believe u go to BJ Komplex or Giant Bkt Gedung and you can see the result of poor township planning.

    Learn from Spore where the bus hubs are built at the centre of commercial units (can be underground) easily accessible to the public and well sheltered from heat/rain.

    • Batu Kawan Township Planners can refer to this video of Bedok Bus Interchange (we call hub per RapidPenang definition) :

      • It sound reasonable in the first glance. But wait, it is a AIR POLLUTION CONCENTRATION center. Idling bus emit more pollutant in the air. If there is no funding to tackle the bus idling issue (i.e., bus air-con provided by center air-con hose when park inside the hub and engine switch off). 1960 township idea will not fit 21st century dense population city.

      • Puspakom got to work right to prevent vehicles up to mark not exhausting dark smoke polluting the air.

        anyway, if you measure carbon content in cosmopolitan; its not as fresh as before especially during peak hours.

        AIR POLLUTION CONCENTRATION – it;s already happening now on the heavy traffic roads of Penang island so don’t be too alarming.

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