Great news! What a world of difference.
This was what the Taman Tun Dr Awang flats in Butterworth looked like before (see below) when I tweeted about it a month ago, after yet another foreign visitor, this time from Singapore, asked why the the powers that be were not doing anything about it.
Looks like neither BN Adun nor Pakatan govt can give the Taman Tun Dr Awang flats in Bworth a coat of paint. Sad. pic.twitter.com/hw7RWXFyOl
— Anil Netto (@anilnetto) October 4, 2015
It was the latest reminder since this was highlighted here in 2012 when I compared these shabby flats with the luxury condos in Straits Quay directly across the channel.
A foreign worker told me that the painting was being carried out by a contractor. When I asked him who had engaged the contractor, he replied, “PDC (Penang Development Corporation).”
I asked a former MPSP councillor and he said the flats were under the responsibility of the PDC.
If so, well done to the PDC for this long overdue coat of paint, which should do wonders for the morale and self-esteem of the residents here.
I believe the flats lie in an Umno-BN state assembly constituency under an Umno-BN parliamentary seat. So double credit to the PDC for giving this place a first coat of paint in three or four decades. (And it’s not even an election year!)
This whole area can be easily spruced up even further if clogged drains are cleared and new large rubbish containers are provided for the bin rooms on the ground floor.
If anything, Taman Tun Dr Awang can be a showcase of what is possible in the entire state. I hope the state government/PDC and MPSP will take up the challenge.