Highrise towers galore at ‘Penang WorldCity’ mega project

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The ongoing mega project known as ‘Penang WorldCity’, sprawled over 100 acres in Bayan Mutiara is set to turn the area into a jungle of highrise towers. One shudders to think to think of the impact on traffic and the resulting congestion along the Jelutong Expressway in the years to come.

Count the number of towers in this artist’s impression.

This project is a joint venture between Tropicana Corporation Berhad (previously Dijaya Corporation Bhd) and Ivory Properties Group Bhd. Check out the project website here.

This was the 103-acre plot in Bayan Mutiara that the state government sold for RM1.1bn (about RM240psf) to Ivory Properties, which soon after entered into a joint-venture with Dijaya Corporation Bhd. At that time, the gross development value of the project was estimated to be RM10bn.

The substantial shareholder and vice-chairman of Tropicana is Danny Tan Chee Sing (younger brother of Vincent Tan), listed by Forbes as the 23rd richest Malaysian with a net worth of US$520m.

According to the firm’s 2012 Annual Report, Danny’s son Dickson is the managing director. Dickson’s brother Dillon is an Executive Director and his sister, Diana, is a non-independent non-executive director. The chairman of Tropicana is Rohana Mahmood, reported by The Star in 2008 to be in ‘Najib’s milieu’.

Do you think the Jelutong Expressway can cope with this mega project and IJM’s Light project, the Queensbay Mall traffic, on top of the traffic from the first and second Penang bridges and the rush hour traffic to and from Bayan Lepas FTZ?

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Recipe for congestion: Sandwiched between the first and second Penang bridges

Then, there’s the state government’s planned highway projects from Air Itam and from Gurney Drive/Pangkor Road, both ending up at the Jelutong Expressway.

Good luck, Jelutong Expressway!

The other question applies to other land reclamation projects as well: one lawyer tells me there is an argument that any reclaimed land should be classified as leasehold land.

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Sheamus
Sheamus

Pulau Jerejak will be the next frontier (that might) be conquered by Ivory that is aggressively putting more homes in every corner of Penang.

Stylo Logan
Stylo Logan

At least Ivory does not include LRT on the master plan of WorldCity.
Perhaps it assume that the residents there are rich to drive and need no public transportation, or is it to make the place more exclusive for the rich?

Azli
Azli

The bright side is the WorldCity project to increase the value of the properties nearby, with or without the LRT.

Perhaps Anil can lobby for Tram service there?

HANANA BT ABDULLA
HANANA BT ABDULLA
Anil You can be the conscience of the people. In dealing with the big corporations , I draw your attention to the challenges that the people of Penang will face vis a vis corporate corruption [another face of the Wolf of Wall Stree appearing] The article reproduce from Ko Song will be helpful- It looks grand when editors of our local newspaper talk about electoral delienation [wong cw] , or liberal rights [june wong aka wong ping gan]. That is not even important or merits a discussion. Look I spend some time at Maastricht and am impressed with the national… Read more »
Priyanka
Priyanka

it appears to me that those who are involved in “VICES” can easily afford Penang WorldCity; as easy come money easy spend ?

henson
henson

Hanana Bt Abdulla

Cardiff & QPR swap next BPL; with Vince gave way to Tony the Premiership league.

May be Berjaya Toto yet to establish legal football betting so Vince need another 2 years to work out the plan so let AirASia boss back in limelight season 2014-15.

In Malaysia, cannot hav 2 tychoons on same turf (premier league) sure ego clash !

HANANA BT ABDULLA
HANANA BT ABDULLA
| Vincent Tan owned bought the cardiff city fc. Apparently the previous coach bought dud players for hundreds of million ringgit . During this january transfer window he had to spend another rm 100 million or so on player hoping that the cfc could still be in the BPL in the next season. How could VT afford to waste a few hundred million rinngit unless the profit margin of the gaming industry is not in the high 70-90 percent of collection. My gut feeling is the margin is over 90 percent of the collection. The PL account (may) hide the… Read more »
Ananars
Ananars

Rosy, What now happen to Komtar now. The many groans were right. Komtar has become a white elephant or a place filled with the undesirables.

Amy
Amy

At least it is not infested with gangsters from Middle East, that are now operating in Bkt Bintang in KL as reported on The Star today.

tunglang

Amy, Keep Calm, Don’t Worry.
Penang WorldCity will soon be the haven playground of gangsters with loads of money & political strings.
Have you seen the Japanese Yakuza dressed in suits?
Or have you heard of prominent businessmen who were formerly gangsters in Penang?
Komtar is a ‘kindy’ to these gang men.

Ed G
Ed G

Hope that Danny Tan and all those BN cronies are able to put pressure on SPAD to improve on the transport system in order to improve the marketability of their project; otherwise they may stand to lose billions if the project were deemed to be unattractive due to traffic congestion.

rich
rich

most penangities will complain but by the time the project is over everything will be sold off. Bought by upper class, not all people

Ong
Ong

Bought by local and overseas rich and famous and not Penangite who will be driven off their beautiful island that they have cherished their whole life

Rosy

Stop whining guys. This is the 21st. Century. Urban development is no longer linear but vertical. If Hong Kong and Singapore can do it, why not Penang? Remember what many were groaning when KOMTAR was being built?

Ken
Ken

I can foresee problems in traffic management on the island.

nst
nst

like the headline states….sun, sea and sewage….yet another piece of c… that will wash ashore on penang’s beach soon

Bubble Bubble Bubble
Bubble Bubble Bubble

Appear to many that Penang Gomen is encouraging high rise buildings to spur economic developments; while appear to be helpless in their pursuit with SPAD/Ministry of Transport to establish more effective public transport options ?

Could the strategies dealing with Developers can be deployed against Federal Gomen agencies to improve the Public Transport system ???

Fakri
Fakri

Ivory Properties promised LRT for Time Square but nothing happened.
So do not be deceived by the glossy brochure of WorldCity as it can boast any modern infrastruture that it could not deliver.

I believe the parking cost in Penang will be exhorbitant in tiem to come like Hong Kong. Anyone can own a car (made cheap by BN in 5 years time in its GE14 gimmick?) but has to pay dearly for parking because of limited parking space.

tim
tim

I have yet to see any contribution from Ivory in the aspect of corporate social responsibility. It will be a culprit contributing to traffic jam in later years.

SH Tan
SH Tan

Anil: so what’s new in Penang? This project is not the last one on the SE coast of the island. Another high rise SOHO and mixed residential project will be developed soon on yet-to-be-reclaimed land between Gold Coast and the Queensbay promenade. This project consists of over 1800 units in high rise towers. Residents there have been issued notices for written objections to MPPP. Ultimately, there will not be any public coastline from E-Gate up to Queensbay Mall.

sunnyooi
sunnyooi

I see prosperity and job opportunities. Also the day we all have bangalows are over.

Yes yes…good public transport too. Even a high school student can tell us that.

Batu Ferringhian
Batu Ferringhian

hello, E.coli!

you know this will be an issue in years to come

Bubble Bubble Bubble
Bubble Bubble Bubble

E.coli will ultimately help drive the condo prices along the Batu Feringghi belt to more reasonable pricing once the fear of communicable diseases strike fear among the residents there ???

tim
tim

Anil

Do you think such proliferation of high rise high density residential projects will alter the population mix and profile of Penang island residents in years to come?

sunnyooi
sunnyooi

Anil, we have what we have and these developments dont change that fact. Why would not wealth serve to motivate us who are poor?

The poor would not be able to afford private healthcare even without rich neighbour’s around. Or will they?

Islandjoe
Islandjoe

How can you be a “world city” without adequate public transport? What about the rest of our infrastructure? Power, water, and of course…….sewage (which residents of Batu Ferringhi know all too well). Maybe “3rd World City” is a more appropriate name?

Sad that these plans don’t ever coincide with forward thinking for once.

bigjoe99

What galore? When it gets to be like this..

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Then you may have something to complain about..

The fact of the matter is that it was ALWAYS going to be this way no matter which govt. With UMNO/BN it would have been even worst.. Have you not read the 64 storey they are building in JB – JB where there is still palm oil, rice paddies AND highways everywhere plenty of options for public transport if they were half as good.

Yang
Yang

Do you think the Jelutong Expressway can cope with this mega project and IJM’s Light project, the Queensbay Mall traffic, on top of the traffic from the first and second Penang bridges and the rush hour traffic to and from Bayan Lepas FTZ?

DOES THE TOKONG CARE. JUST LIKE THE M KUTTY HE WANT YOU TO SEE MEGA BUILDINGS

RJ MANECKSHA
RJ MANECKSHA

Something to regret in the future

tunglang
If you are some richie & famous & cosmopolitan frenzied, there’s no regret. (Note: not all richie & famous are like that but some do really care for sustainable development). How come? Can easily relocate when the cosmopolitan island finally, inevitably turns unsavoury & unsustainable to live & die in ghettos. Until then, No well-managed public transport? No problem, got MercS300Lansi can cruise around on more one-way streets in the planning. Prosperity? Yes. Depends on your ‘career mobility’ & skill set & networking with the rich & famous. Not yet rich but still rat-racing for somebody’s dreams? Just forgo expensive… Read more »
Azli
Azli

The massive Melaka Gateway project will change the landscape of the historic city, but the people there do not make noise. Maybe they welcome development for more tourist dollars unlike Penangites?

Quramie
Quramie

High rise high dense concrete project is a common sight in cities in Malaysia, not just in Penang. Melaka has it Melaka Gateway. Johor Bahru has its Tropicana and Country Garden (by China developer) at Danga Bay, The Astaka Twin Tower, Setia 88 twin tower, Suasana twin tower at its city centre.

Those who resent high rise urban living should consider retreating to small towns.

rick
rick

Can the existing Melaka LRT system support the transportation needs of Melaka Gateway project (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysVZm_bSuM8) ?

Bubble Bubble Bubble
Bubble Bubble Bubble

RM40 billion Melacca Gateway project to rival Penang WorldCity ?

read : http://www.thesundaily.my/news/951031

Consists of
1) Pulau Melaka (16 hectar)
2) Sunrise Beach Luxury Waterfront Villas
3) Gateway Historical Broadwalk
aimed at creating 15K jobs and 2.5 million tourists.

Will this impact Ivory-Tropicana investment ? Bear in mind this Satu Lagi Project from BN that could divert investment fund away from Penang ?

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