Behind Miami Green, a project higher than 250 feet above sea level?

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The site of a hill-slope project above the 250-feet threshold

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 (Lot 62) is behind the Miami Green Resort Condominium in Batu Ferringhi.

Apparently the project involves two 38-storey blocks (336 serviced apartments) with a four-storey car park and 26 shop lots and a block of 182 ‘affordable’ apartments and 15 low-cost flats with a four-storey car park.

Won’t be much Green left there! Don’t we have more than enough serviced apartments in Penang already?

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  1. Good News from Jagdeep Singh Deo:

    PENANG STATE GOVERNMENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING EXPO (SERIES 2.0 – MISSION HOME-POSSIBLE)

    I am happy to be here to launch the Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO, which is also series 2.0 of our Mission Home-Possible Roadshow.

    As you are all aware, the Penang State Government gives utmost priority to the provision of affordable housing to Penangites. Towards this end, apart from coming up with guidelines such as the 100% Affordable Housing Guidelines for the private sector to build 100% affordable housing, the selection of eligible applicants for such affordable housing, the Penang State Government has also aggressively embarked on a campaign to create awareness and educate Penangites about all the available affordable housing projects in Penang be it by the Penang State Government or the private sector, which undertake the 100% Affordable Housing Guidelines.
    Towards this end, the Mission Home-Possible campaign, which began in August, 2014 whereby the Penang State Government showcased its own affordable housing projects which to date is some 12 projects in the 5 districts in Penang, which will provide some 22,512 units had covered the entire state with 10 roadshows being held at various locations throughout the State.

    However this year, as several private developers have already began registration for applicants for the affordable housing units they are building, it has been decided that in order to show the Penang State Government’s appreciation and acknowledgement of their role in building full 100% affordable housing for Penangites, we will invite them to participate in our roadshow which is branded the Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO 2016 (Series 2.0 Mission Home-Possible).

    This EXPO will be held on the 30 and 31 July 2016 at the Ground Floor, Prangin Mall. Apart from the Penang State Government, the participants from the private sector are as follows:
    1. Aspen Vision Ventures Sdn. Bhd.
    2. I-Global Property Network Sdn. Bhd.
    3. M Summit Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
    4. Taman Sri Bunga Sdn. Bhd. (BSG)
    5. Silver Channel Sdn. Bhd.
    6. Zubicon Sdn. Bhd.
    7. JKP Sdn. Bhd.
    8. Iconic Land Sdn. Bhd.

    Clearly, it can be seen that these projects have attracted a lot of applicants. As such, the public are urged to come and register so as to see if they are eligible to purchase these affordable housing units.

    The private sector should take note of the fact that affordable housing units prove to be the category of housing with the highest demand for the first quarter of 2016. As such the Penang State Government repeats our calls to the private sector to develop such 100% affordable housing projects.

     
      • Yes, will look exactly like two … erecting on the hill, pantang !
        They should form an ad hoc panel to evaluate the height of hill buildings and anything over 20-storey should be subjected to stringent rules !

         
  2. Defenders of Bukit Kiara park see more than just trees
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/defenders-bukit-kiara-park-see-more-just-trees-224000884.html
    Note: this is Yahoo Singapore news, not The Star.

    Malay Mail Online reported on Friday that some parts of the Bukit Kiara Rimba Park have been designated as the site of a proposed 29-storey high-rise building with 350 affordable units and an eight-block cluster with 1,766 serviced apartment units, some towering up to 54 storeys.

    Apart from damage to the park, which has been gazetted as a forest reserve, residents are also concerned that the new project could see the neighbourhood’s per-acre density spike more than 13 times, from just 74 people per acre to possibly 979 people.

    Residents are urging the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to intervene and stop the project.

    “We’re here because the development will mean the traffic will worsen. We also want to save the environment. Already KL has far too little greenery,” 56-year-old Ang told Malay Mail Online, adding that he has been working in the area for 10 years now.

     
    • Penang Hill Special Area Plan to be gazetted 1st August, 2016.

      Kenyataan Media YB Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo, Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang (EXCO) Perancangan Bandar & Desa dan Perumahan pada 27 Jun 2016 (Isnin), di George Town, Pulau Pinang:

      PEWARTAAN LAPORAN RANCANGAN KAWASAN KHAS BUKIT BENDERA
      Penyediaan Draf Rancangan Kawasan Khas Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang (RKK BB) yang disediakan di bawah peruntukan Seksyen 16B, Akta Perancangan Bandar dan Desa 1976 (Akta 172), merupakan satu pelan induk terperinci yang akan memandu hala tuju dan masa hadapan Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang. Pelan ini mengandungi idea-idea formal atau cadangan, bagi menjadikan Bukit Bendera sebagai destinasi pelancongan yang unik dan penyelesaiaan bukit mampan.

      RKK Bukit Bendera berfungsi sebagai pelan induk untuk tindakan untuk meningkatkan lagi kedudukan Bukit Bendera sebagai destinasi pelancongan yang berbeza dan unik namun pada masa yang sama terus melindungi landskap semula jadi dan warisan kebudayaan.

      RKK Bukit Bendera menggunakan pendekatan penyertaan dalam penyediaan, mengambil kira pandangan penduduk dan pihak berkepentingan. Siri perbincangan dan perundingan dengan pihak berkepentingan, yang melibatkan masyarakat setempat, wakil-wakil perniagaan, agensi kerajaan, persatuan-persatuan dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan telah dijalankan.

      Peruntukan perundangan untuk penyediaan sesuatu Rancangan Kawasan Khas adalah di bawah Akta Perancangan Bandar dan Desa 1976 (Akta 172) melibatkan beberapa subseksyen, iaitu:
      (a) subseksyen 16B(1) – ‘Jika pada bila-bila masa semasa penyediaan atau apabila mula berkuat kuasannya sesuatu rancangan struktur atau rancangan tempatan, Pengarah Negeri atau pihak berkuasa perancang tempatan, atas daya usahanya sendiri atau sebagaimana yang diarahkan oleh Jawatankuasa, boleh mengemukakan kepada Jawatankuasa cadangan bagi penetapan suatu kawasan khas bagi pengolahan khas dan terperinci dengan cara pemajuan, pemajuan semula, pengelokan, pemuliharaan atau amalan pengurusan, atau sebahagiannya dengan satu kaedah dan sebahagian lagi dengan kaedah yang lain, bagi keseluruhan atau sebahagian kawasan khas itu, dan jenis pengolahan yang dicadangkan’;
      (b) subseksyen 16B(2) – ‘Bagi maksud subseksyen (1), Jawatankuasa hendaklah menentukan sama ada Pengarah Negeri atau pihak berkuasa perancang tempatan yang bertanggungjawab menyediakan suatu rancangan bagi kawasan khas itu’; dan
      (c) subseksyen 16B(3) – ‘Bagi maksud subseksyen (2), rancangan bagi sesuatu kawasan khas hendaklah disediakan dengan cara yang sama sebagaimana penyediaan rancangan tempatan, tetapi hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam rancangan itu panduan yang terperinci bagi pelaksanaan dan pengurusannya, dan rancangan itu hendaklah mempunyai kuat kuasa seperti suatu rancangan tempatan’.

      Untuk Rancangan Kawasan Khas Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang, program seranta dan pendengaran awam bagi draf RKK BB telah diadakan dari 14 November 2013 sehingga 11 Disember 2013 dan tiada permohonan perlanjutan tempoh bagi program seranta ini. Pameran bagi draf laporan ini telah diadakan di dua lokasi iaitu: (a) Ruang Legar Konkos, Paras 3, KOMTAR dan (b) Stesen Bawah, Bukit Bendera. Hasilnya, sebanyak 27 borang bantahan awam berbentuk pandangan, bantahan dan cadangan berhubung draf laporan ini telah diterima daripada individu, badan professional dan NGO.

      Manakala untuk Jawatankuasa Siasatan Tempatan dan Pendengaran Awam untuk draf RKK BB tersebut, ia telah dipengerusikan oleh YB Dato’ Haji Muhammad Yusoff Bin Wazir (Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang) dan dibantu oleh Y. Bhg. Dato’ Ir. Ang Choo Hong (Perunding Perbadanan Bukit Bendera), Prof. Dr. Francis Loh Kok Wah (Pensyarah Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan, USM), Ar. Parama Nathan (Nathan-Jones Architect), YB Puan Yap Soo Huey (ADUN Pulau Tikus) dan Tuan Ahmad Chik (Wakil NGO). Jawatankuasa ini telah menjalankan sesi pendengaran awam pertama pada 8 Mac 2014 di Bilik Mutiara, Tingkat 52, KOMTAR. Sebanyak 20 orang pembantah, yang melibatkan 12 individu dan 8 agensi / organisasi telah hadir untuk mengemukakan pandangan, bantahan dan cadangan mereka.

      Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Siasatan Tempatan dan Pendengaran Awam ini kemudiannya menyediakan Laporan Keputusan Jawatankuasa Siasatan Tempatan dan Pendengaran untuk dibentangkan kepada Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Perancang Negeri Pulau Pinang Bil. 2/2015 pada 16 Februari 2015 dan diluluskan pada Bil. 2/2015 dan Bil. 3/2015 pada 16 & 26 Februari 2015.

      Keperluan bagi mendapat kelulusan Rancangan Kawasan Khas Bukit Bendera adalah bertujuan:
      (i) Memenuhi keperluan Seksyen 15, Akta 172 iaitu mengenai kelulusan atau penolakan sesuatu draf rancangan kawasan khas;
      (ii) Membolehkan pihak Perbadanan Bukit Bendera dengan dibantu oleh Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Negeri Pulau Pinang serta Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang menjalankan kerja-kerja pemantauan bagi memastikan kemampanan pengurusan Bukit Bendera;
      (iii) Membolehkan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang selaku Pihak Berkuasa Perancang Tempatan menggunapakai draf Rancangan Kawasan Khas ini dalam:
      (a) Kerja-kerja pengawalan rancangan (Bahagian IV, Akta 172);
      (b) Menentu dan mengenakan caj pemajuan (Bahagian V, Akta 172);
      (c) Melaksanakan notis pembelian dan pengambilan tanah (Bahagian VII, Akta 172); dan
      (d) Mengisytiharkan kawasan-kawasan pemajuan (Bahagian VII, Akta 172).
      Dengan ini, memandangkan semua peruntukan perundangan dibawah Akta 172 telah dipatuhi, adalah diumumkan bahawa Rancangan Kawasan Khas Bukit Bendera ini yang diluluskan oleh Jawatankuasa Perancang Negeri Pulau Pinang Bil. 5/2016 bertarikh 27 Mei 2016 telah diangkat untuk pertimbangan Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan pada 15 Jun 2016 dan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah bersetuju untuk mewartakan Rancangan Kawasan Khas Bukit Bendera ini pada 1 Ogos 2016.

       
    • Lots of frustration is inevitable when one could not keep up with others with the shrinking value of Ringgit, lamenting insufficient savings to cope with high cost of living at old age. Kau peh kau boo is the natural reaction after reading The Star, a daily pastime while lim kopi.

       
      • Ha ha ha Anil, there is one guy here sambil baca star paper sambil minum kopi o kau kau, and after that he gets drunk with the caffeine and starts kau peh kau boh (mocking) lim guan eng and the pg state government.

         
      • Anil, why need to ask for translation from CAT minions?
        Not worth the explaining from them as these are psychotic symptoms of knee jerking that require intrusive medication at private hospitals (Pg GH is not Cosmopolitan enough).
        Might as well let them keep on the symptoms so they won’t go back home & maybe bash their wives out of frustration!!!
        Anyway, life is good for me in slippery Cosmopolitan Penang as I am living Simplicity Lifestyle with no debt nor worries. And kopitiam Kopi-O kau kau is simply good for my health as I don’t do the CAT knee jerking (which is bad for the knees), don’t feel moody at the slightest mention of Deity or Tokong or CAT in anilnetto.com, & I get to read a lot of interesting articles in The Star which no minions dare to refute but act like Angry Birds (To)… Anyway, no pity for these CAT minions … due to their mental>psychological>physiological problems that require immediate intrusive medication at private hospitals.
        Tomorrow, I will start another creative project of my dream without any concern in Cosmopolitan Penang.

         
      • Nothing better to comment than hitting below the belt.
        What a typical CAT minion with a tunnel myopia.
        Myopia > • lack of foresight or intellectual insight

         
      • Some people just simply swallow everything SingLand as ‘healthy’.
        Don’t use their God given brains. Too bad.

         
      • why not? sing dollar is mighty, have to supply water to us even limited resources sndtop unis in asia and many pg lang went over. only tailings are left behind. bet you also tell your daughter to venture out if there are opportunties. big talker you can’t name 5 items we are better.

         
      • It goes to show how ‘Affordability’ is defined differently between Singapore and Malaysia. One is a high income nation with a very strong currency. The other one is still struggling to be a high income nation when its ex-PM who advocated Vision 2020 has recently said that the country ‘will go to the dogs’.

         
      • Unfortunately not many local Singaporeans would be able to afford them.

        Even “affordable” housing is unaffordable to them now. Those in the lower income group can only look up at this “luxury” public housing and wonder who are they meant for.

        Another example is in HK where a working couple can barely afford a 300 sq ft apartment even after working for 5 years.

        We hope that Penang would not come to this day.

        The limit of 400k price for public housing is already too high for many young working adults. Credit to state gov for lowering it to 300k. But lets also hope more in the range of 72k to 200k be built for the lower income group.

         
      • Singaporean couples are each granted a subsidised new HDB apartment (far below market price, usually at new township, down payment and installment via CPF contribution). After 5 years, the couple could sell it at market price, usually to PRs who can only buy from resale market, at market price. The capital gain is significant (as the new township would have developed), so that they could use the proceeds/profit with a bank loan to buy (upgrade) a private property (the one mentioned in CNN). Of course those who have never live in Singapore do not know this upgrading opportunity. Interestingly, many such Singaporeans would sell their private property at Hugh profit in their twilight years to fund their retirement by moving back to the resale 3-room HDB flat. This is how many Singaporeans with good jobs and steady income could afford to live in expensive (to Malaysians) properties. No issue if one is willing to study hard and work hard for a good career to enable such dream.

         
      • Those reading too much NST or The Star will never get true and positive news on the development of Singapore. The BN media is envious of the success of Singapore. You can ask those Malaysians working in Singapore to get the true picture.

         
      • Can property development at unchecked frenzy can bring about economic growth + high incomes > spending power (for MAJORITY of Malaysians) & bring about higher Ringgit value?

         
      • Tunglang,
        You over worried. Time will come when the bubbles burst, and those with savings can pick good bargains among the frenzied condos.
        So meantime work harder to earn more ringgit. Grumbling invites negative vibes disturbing your equilibrium, forever bursting out no intake of wealth.

         
      • Quote: “Time will come when the bubbles burst, and those with savings can pick good bargains among the frenzied condos.
        So meantime work harder to earn more ringgit.”

        Is that all that is material life to you?
        Sorry, I won’t buy it.
        Life is too precious to chase after the things of temporal.
        One life, too short, cherish it, moment by moment (good, bad or ugly).
        When one is dead, there is no money, condos or material wealth to count & carry over.
        Only the precious memory inside the soul will live on & on.
        Think about it, dear friend. When you are approaching the last chapter of your life will you think about what truly matters in the heart.

         
      • Tunglang,
        I recommended savings to buy homes (if no condo then you want landed houses?) since you die die wanna stay on the island. Your children have grown up and need homes of their own, so if you keep grumbling no action where your children/grandchildren gonna take shelter?

        If you still can’t get over the present pave of development, may be you can make serious change by standing up visibly on a political platform to defeat your nemesis niaokong. Suggest you join PSM instead of PCM as the latter like to talk no concrete action.

        Stepping out you may pull in more than 6K followers who share your beyond tunnel vision of making Penang like in the 70s again!

         
      • I don’t buy your selling, paham kah x 3?
        And I wish my ashes to enrich the soil of Belum Rainforest, not to book a place in crowded Penang in the hereafter.
        So, don’t overtly pretentiously worry for me.

        Now, critics give comments for a reason.
        Not necessarily to be politicians.
        You seems to conveniently forget the mission of anilnetto.com which give you a platform to express. Unless you are acting out exactly what your Deity has behaved all this while!
        We don’t vote for nothing! Much less to worship like an arrogant idiot!!!

         
    • Just put in some affordable & low-cost housing in the mix in such hillside development & all ‘sins’ against Nature are pre-forgiven?
      This Deity of Absolute Vodka Arrogance thinks we are all gullible & drunkards for twisting laws.

       
      • so what can those bought the land over 250 ft do? any advice to them? sell to tunglang at cheap like ms pang? will peopld like you buying cheap investigated by a gee?

         
      • no land means no new houses are built and force brillant, talented and cream to seek greener grass in singland. no wonder lky is happy only scrums remains in bolehland. see they vote for those giving 5kg of rice once every 5 years or sing tamil once a year during divali in east and west of the country.

         
    • Basic marketing, every pasar Malam traders knows how to sell his products. Pasar Malam Traders always take risks any they never force you to buy or if big loss ask you or state Gomen to pay unlike Commonwealth Gomen where contracts are under OSA.

      Why Gelakan Gomen have private lands in hills in the first place? Why not anil and pg lang contribute to state Gomen to buy all the lands above the magic 250 ft figure. After all the private land owners cannot do anything above magic 259 ft. But private land owners don’t be like ms pang selling the land low and then being harassed by A Gee and contributors here. It is a sin to sell at low price.

       
      • You say owners of 250ft can’t even dig or build a road to his property let alone develop. what kind of land where one cannot do anything??

         
      • Anil, fyi you can train a dog to obey ‘regulations’ but you cannot train a cat.
        It simply breaks regulations. Ask any kampung folk why cats get pregnant faster than humans! B’cos the windows are always open for the inevitable to happen even in broad daylight!
        The same with Pg’s CAT with itchy paws for virgin jungles on hill slopes!

         
      • we get voters like s. besar or kk giving them a bone of 5kg rice or sing a tamil song they (are happy)…

         
    • Penang govt gives automatic land lease renewal & 90% land premium discount

      Penang is the only state in Malaysia where the state government gives automatic renewal on land lease with 90% discount on the land premium. This was confirmed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at a press conference on June 24 when he met with 5 applicants at his office who intend to renew their land lease for residences on Penang Hill. Citing their lack of credit worthiness due to advanced age, they requested for confirmation from Lim if the state gives generous rebates for home owners who renew their leases prior to expiry.

      “The current state government has a policy of automatic land lease renewal to reduce the hassle involved in lodging such application. Unless the land is needed for public use such as building roads or schools, then the lease won’t be renewed. The premium would be based on calculations made by the Valuation department under the Ministry of Finance,” Lim explained.

      “A discount of 90% is given by the state government. As long as the Pakatan Harapan state government remains in power, this policy continues for the benefit of the people,” he added.

       
  3. He can go and clamp hid car. Also be fair and clamp any Gelakan cars too. Now need not to climb Mt komtar but tokong from Mt komtar has come down to earth. Seige the opportunity and ask him. Anil please record the event in into your blog

     
  4. In Cantonese: Choi Ni Gong! (What the hell?)
    This is what Pg CAT gomen & its cohorts are behaving beyond salvation.
    Anil, you can highlight as many hill cutting issues, but the recalcitrant state gomen & authorities are still as arrogant as a bull.
    The way to stop all these is to march to Penang state assembly to demand Deity resignation.
    Greener, Cleaner Penang? My foot for Deity!

     
    • tunglang should attend this coming Tuesday’s debate to be held at the Caring Society Complex in between DAP and Gerakan. At the same time many are waiting to see the Red-shirt hooligans perform their usual stunt there.

       
      • Calling others hooligans, so you are angel of CAT?
        C’mon, pray less unless you also deserve the same Karma as Deity (Tokong).

         
      • From the lisp you are producing you behave more of a 汉奸 than anything.
        You try to show off :- “In Cantonese: Choi Ni Gong! (What the hell?)” ?? In actual fact, it should be Choi Nei Du Ngong – 睬你都戆 meaning it’s stupid to even answer you and not – “What the hell?” as you said or tried to teach people here, 二毛子 !?

         
      • Hey hey hey, Swat, i like your “er mao zi”.

        Ya, in some ways and to a certain extent, tunglang does behave like a “han chien”. He may regret some day for his stunts.

         
      • Lu kong ha mi lan “C”???
        Pai Thi-Kong khah ho koe pai chi-le Niao Kong ah!
        Your knee jerk of a Jerk won’t restore your libido for a CAT.
        “What the hell?” speaks volume of your Venerable CAT Deity that I surmise hit your raw nerve! Keep Calm while Anil reveals more in the months to come.

         
      • When some minions get angry from CAT knee-jerkings, how to hua hee chiak pa pa?
        Time for Farlim Char Hor Fan Ke Liao!

         
      • lim, the political realities of recent elections show the brand of DAP politicking is not working for majority of Malaysians. So, forget about the Deity dreams of making Pg another SingLand satellite city without the souls for the ordinary people. I have been socialising with Malays, both urban & rural & their attitude + perception of DAP is not favourable – hegemonic (in both party & coalition), arrogant, developer friendly, playing the blame game instead of stewardship, twist & turn.
        You will regret your uncontrolled knee jerks in the coming years when you will see the dark realities of such politics of CAT arrogance.
        At least I am still earning a decent legal income to afford lim Kopi-O without trying hard to be “loman” (romantic at old age?)

         
      • we continue armmo to subcontract poisoning work. religious can say anything w/o bound. poor vivien. any other races have no right to defend. people like ah tee and you just add oil. even ti and telor anson toking keep quiet

         
      • Persecute more you reap what you sow. Look want to follow the hooligans storming into the assembly and they get very fine. Or follow the mufti with his words can get away but not Vivien.

         
    • “what the hell”
      informal use: it doesn’t matter.
      Example: you’re already going to be home late, so what the hell.

      In the context of “Choi Ni Gong!”, “What the hell?” speaks volume of an attitudinal problem of an entity with this “Choi Ni Gong!” propensity (tendency to behave in a particular way).
      Example: The Tanjung Bungah pristine hills are cut beyond recognition & redemption, so what the hell, Anil.

      So what’s the knee-jerk problem if Choi Ni Gong! (What the hell?) is not a direct transliteration but an implication of an attitude or behaviour???

      Time for Kopi-O kau kau @ Farlim kopitiam.

       
      • What would you expect of CAT Political Traders?
        Our votes are betrayed.
        So, comes next GE, better think 9-times before casting your votes for a 9-opportunity political entity of a wild cat.

         
    • Kenyataan Media oleh YB Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo, Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang (EXCO) Perancangan Bandar & Desa dan Perumahan pada 16 Jun 2016 di George Town, Pulau Pinang:

      PERLUASAN KELAYAKAN DAN SKOP KEPENGGUNAAN TABUNG PENYELENGGARAAN 80:20 KERAJAAN NEGERI PULAU PINANG YANG SEKARANG DIJENAMAKAN SEMULA SEBAGAI TABUNG PENYELENGGARAAN MAKSIMA 80% PULAU PINANG (TPM80PP)

      Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Harapan yang prihatin akan keperluan pembinaan dan penyediaan perumahan yang mampu dimiliki oleh rakyat negeri Pulau Pinang sudah dari mulanya memberi keutamaan kepada perkara ini, dan pada masa yang sama juga memberi keutamaan kepada bantuan kepada golongan penduduk berpendapatan rendah di taman perumahan RMM ‘A’ (kos rendah tidak lebih daripada RM42,000.00) dan RMM ‘B’ (kos sederhana rendah yang tidak lebih daripada RM72,500.00).
      Dalam pada ini, satu tabung yang dikenali sebagai Tabung Penyelenggaraan 80:20 Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah diperkenalkan pada tahun 2013 di mana setiap tahun, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan memperuntukkan dana kepada tabung ini bagi tujuan penyelenggaraan taman-taman perumahan RMM ‘A’ dan RMM ‘B’. Sejak 2013, sejumlah RM11.5 juta telah diperuntukkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kepada tabung ini.
      Tabung ini adalah dimaksudkan untuk tujuan penyelenggaraan kerja-kerja kritikal, di mana sebelum ini skop kepenggunaan tabung ini adalah untuk penyelenggaraan, pembaikan dan naik taraf bagi skop kerja: (i) lif, (ii) tangki air, (iii) sistem perpaipan dan (iv) bumbung. Sejak 2013 setelah ia diperkenalkan, sejumlah RM7.1 juta telah dibelanjakan untuk 53 projek kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan seperti tersebut di taman-taman perumahan RMM ‘A’ dan ‘B’ di seluruh Pulau Pinang.
      Setelah sidang DUN yang diadakan pada bulan November tahun sudah dan sidang DUN yang baru tamat, atas permintaan beberapa ADUN khususnya YB Puan Lim Siew Khim, ADUN Sungai Pinang dan YB Tuan Soon Lip Chee, ADUN Jawi, ia telah dipohon agar tabung 80:20 ini dipertimbangkan untuk diperluaskan kepada taman-taman perumahan yang mana harga unitnya melebihi RM72,500.00 dan juga skop kepenggunaannya juga diperluaskan kepada kerja-kerja selain daripada yang disebutkan tadi.
      Selaras dengan permintaan tersebut satu siri perbincangan telah diadakan. Susulan daripada perbincangan tersebut, satu keputusan telah dibuat oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di mesyuarat Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan (MMK) semalam yang meluluskan cadangan untuk memperluaskan kelayakan taman-taman perumahan yang mana unitnya lebih daripada RM72,500.00 dan juga perluasan skop kepenggunaan dana dari tabung ini.
      Berkenaan dengan kelayakan, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang sekarang membenarkan unit-unit yang berharga RM100,000.00 dan ke bawah, yang merangkumi kategori unit sebelum ini iaitu RMM ‘A’ dan RMM ‘B’ untuk mengemukakan permohonan kepada tabung ini, dan juga melayakkan taman perumahan yang mempunyai unit yang berharga RM100,000.00 sehingga RM150,000.00 untuk turut layak kepada dana ini.
      Namun demikian, untuk kategori unit yang berharga RM100,000.00 dan ke bawah, nisbah pengagihan dana yang akan disalurkan melalui tabung ini dikekalkan pada kadar 80:20 manakala untuk unit perumahan yang berharga antara RM100,000.00 sehingga RM150,000.00, nisbah pengagihan dana daripada tabung ini adalah 60:40.
      Selain daripada ini, skop kepenggunaan juga diperluaskan untuk merangkumi kerja-kerja mengecat, kerja-kerja penurapan jalan, kerja-kerja pembaikan dan penukaran lampu-lampu koridor dan railing tangga. Namun demikian, untuk kerja-kerja pengecatan dan penurapan jalan, nisbah pengagihan dana ini adalah 20:80 untuk kedua-dua kategori perumahan yang layak menerima dana dari tabung ini.
      Untuk makluman, memandangkan ada kategori kedua di mana nisbahnya 60:40, iaitu untuk unit berharga RM100,000.00 hingga RM150,000.00, dan juga memandangkan ada perluasan skop kepenggunaan kepada kategori di mana nisbah pengagihan sumbangan dana ini dihadkan kepada 20:80 seperti untuk kerja-kerja pengecatan dan penurapan jalan, sepertimana saya huraikan tadi, maka keputusan juga diambil untuk menjenamakan semula tabung ini kepada Tabung Penyelenggaraan Maksima 80% Pulau Pinang (TPM80PP).
      Memandangkan perluasan kelayakan taman perumahan terhadap tabung ini, dan juga perluasan skop kepenggunaan tabung ini, maka saya menjangkakan lebih permohonan akan dikemukakan oleh taman-taman perumahan kepada tabung TPM80PP ini dan di dalam memantau permohonan-permohonan yang diterima, sekiranya didapati adalah perlu untuk dana yang diperuntukkan kepada tabung ini oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ditambah, maka saya akan memohon Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mempertimbangkan agar ini dibuat.
      Malahan, memandangkan kegagalan Kerajaan Pusat untuk meluluskan permohonan-permohonan dibawah Tabung Penyelenggaran 1 Malaysia (TP1M), di mana daripada 144 permohonan yang telah dibuat sejak pengenalan TP1M, sehingga sekarang masih terdapat 117 projek yang masih tertunggak sekian lama, saya telah mencadangkan kepada Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang agar dana yang diberi kepada Dana Housing Assistance Programme of Penang, Yes! (HAPPY!) yang tidak digunakan, mungkin dapat disalurkan kepada tabung TPM80PP yang dapat digunakan untuk manfaat rakyat negeri Pulau Pinang, terutamanya golongan yang berpendapatan rendah yang tinggal di taman perumahan di mana unitnya berharga RM150,000.00 dan ke bawah.
      Pada hari ini, saya berasa gembira untuk melancarkan kerja-kerja pembaikan dua unit lif di Flat Jalan Kedah yang bernilai RM80,176.07. Saya juga ingin merakamkan ucapan syabas kepada pihak Perbadanan Pengurusan Flat Jalan Kedah dan juga kepada YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow selaku ADUN kawasan yang amat prihatin bagi mengatasi masalah yang dihadapi oleh para penduduk setempat.

       
      • So you are those .. like hongkonger used to call those bringing in legal and illegal banglas. No wonder pasar Malam traders like you are happy with zahid to add in 1 million banglas in Penang. Soon you help them to vote.

         
    • would we get RSPCA to catch this [email protected]???

       

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