Penang transport: The RM2.3bn bridging financing under SRS’ proposal

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The state government says the SRS proposal for transport infrastructure needs RM2.3bn in bridging loans.

The bridging loan is apparently needed to finance the costs incurred in the first two years – preparation work, feasibility studies for the railway scheme, EIA costs, LRT and highway construction costs – before most of the reclaimed land is ready to be sold.

The RM2.3bn in the first two years is made up of:

RMbn
1.0 First island land sales
(1.6) First island reclamation cost
(0.5) Second island reclamation cost
(0.8) LRT cost
(0.3) Pan Island Link six-lane highway
(0.1) George Town e-bus and catamaran
—–
(2.3)
—–

But SRS in its transport proposal claimed that this RM2.3bn would be a heavy amount for it to shoulder; so it assumed that the state government would reduce this interim deficit by raising RM1.0bn through the sale of land to third party developers via open bidding as follows:

  • Pesta site (35 acres)
  • Green Lane (25 acres)
  • Jalan Glove (20 acres)

Total 80 acres.

The state government was expected to raise RM1.0bn from these sales, leaving SRS to raise bridging finance for the remaining RM1.3bn via internal funding (RM520m) and debt financing (RM780m) based on 6.5 per cent interest rate. Interest from the debt financing (expected to be RM300m) would be eventually charged back to the project.

So what happened to that idea?

When was the decision made – and by whom – for the state to seek external financing to raise RM1.0bn?

READ MORE:  Why the sudden loss of interest in the Penang tunnel?

Was this ever discussed or brought up at the Penang Transport Council meetings, which was examining the funding model? If not, why not?

To understand why we should tread warily on financing from China, please read these three articles by former Malaysian diplomat Dennis Ignatius:

The New Silk Road: Pathway To Prosperity Or Slippery Slope To Subjugation?

The New Silk Road: Is There a Plan For Malaysia?

The New Silk Road: Dragons Without, Demons Within

And this one by Nurul Izzah:

China’s investments in Malaysia – too much, too fast, too soon

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tunglang
tunglang
BN trains spotlight on Penang’s spending http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/03/bn-trains-spotlight-on-penangs-spending/ PETALING JAYA: The Barisan Nasional strategic communications team has questioned the Penang government on its YEARLY OPERATIONAL COSTS THAT HAVE GONE UP BY 500% since DAP took over in 2008. In a statement on Friday, it said that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had neglected to respond to queries on how the state government managed to collect revenue to cover the 500% increase in yearly spending and yet registered a surplus. “We note that during the same period, the Federal Government’s spending has increased 35.3% compared to 500% for Penang,” it said.… Read more »
zoro
zoro

Like kalvin said, don’t divert. It is about funding for PTMP. Ask why Rapid will be using the PTMP only pays road tax to PJ but ais kosong to PTMP and helps to get more passengers and income? Of course saga seed troopers contradict each other. Others cannot divert but good mates can

zoro
zoro

Dedak sleeping? SPAD asked for Penang and northern region master transport plan.project increase in scope and cost went up to 40 billions. Dedak wants Penang Lang to work 7/25? Same civil servant force to supervise and oversee 40billion and northern region?…

Li Huizhen
Li Huizhen

Umno is smart to divert attention from the 1MDB scandal.

nages
nages

Also the current Felda FGV scandal too?

Midas
Midas

KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): China Construction Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (CCBM) is the first foreign commercial bank to be granted a banking licence in Malaysia in six years.

CCBM is the third China-based bank in Malaysia after the Bank of China (Malaysia) Bhd and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Malaysia) Bhd.

In his speech today at the opening of the bank, Prime Minister Najib said the establishment of the China Construction Bank (CCB) branch in Malaysia is timely after the recently concluded Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

calvinsankaran

Are you trying to divert the issue here? It is so typical of the DAP cyber-troopers using this diversion tactic, pointing out to national issues. Stick to the topic and let’s have a debate for the betterment of Penang.

zoro
zoro
Dedak think how better can Penang be when his paymaster just withheld funds to Penang when Penang Lang continue to pay taxes and GST. For betterment of Penang, dedak should ask his boss in PJ give more funding. KL can have PJ funded LRT, Sibu 2m airport expansion and PG only ais kosong. In the end, dedak is still telling his boss to give Penang tin kosong. Even Rapid buses will be using PTMP roads but pay no road tax to ptmp. This is what dedak is happy and boast. How can Penang be better when his boss can squeeze… Read more »
Sadhu G
Sadhu G

RHB and AmBank to merge for fear of takeover by China bank down the road? Najob has opened floodgate for China firms to gain foothold in Malaysia. Perkasa must be worried. Tun M will use this issue to gain Malay support.

Sonicfish
Sonicfish

The scenario in Penang now is grim and worrying maybe partly because of those pyramid schemes ? Secondary market of property now is getting active where a lot of “older” houses are even in force-sale mode ! Some of those LGE’s backing developers are having (big) problems in selling their houses and the market in Penang is practically at a standstill man !

Damien
Damien

Sonicfish’s standstill comment would be great news to house seekers looking for cheaper bargains on the island, and may trigger 4WD hunt round island, minus landslide prone Paya Terubong, for now appearing to be more ideally ivory-grade affordable homes?

tunglang
tunglang
Developers facing sales problem, cash-flow problem, etc. So, Niao Kong sings the Bridging Fund Sweet Deal for affected developers linked to PTMP Swap Deals? (Already postponed its decision to raise the contribution fee by developers who fail to build low-cost and low medium-cost housing until the year-end) Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/13/fee-reprieve-for-penang-builders-higher-penalty-rate-put-off-to-yearend/#WKppuQgEjjKAHuSv.99 Of course, zoro will come out with a dedak-ed justification, never mind that prices of properties are adjusted at a minimal (CAT has the bile to wail this is the biggest price drop of all states) but still beyond the reach of 99% of Penangites. Bridging Fund only for… Read more »
Sydjones
Sydjones

Wages stagnant under BN regime due to low productivity and little value add high dependency on cheap foreign workers. Prices of everything have gone up. No wonder many people head south to work in Singapore for better income as Ringgit has no value to fight inflation or pay for imported stuff.

zoro
zoro

Another dedak still sleeping when thousands of housing were abandoned under tunglang ammo gomen. Even a deep silence from CAT basher when ammo minister give approval for extension when developers are supposed to pay penalties to house buyer. So CAT basher and sonicfish are more developer best mate. Imagine developer delays and supposed to pay fines. Yet CAT basher snd Sonicfish agree in silence and help the minister to spin. Poor house buyers have to continue to pay rent and service loans and still in rental house

Midas
Midas

Danga Bay Country Garden in Johor Bahru has 45 condominium towers with a combined total of 9,500 units set for completion by 4th quarter 2017 – this will trigger private housing glut by year end in JB.

nages
nages

calvinsankaran you are wrong. Now many Penang folks living in JB and shuttle daily to work in Singapore. The advice by Ang for such Penangites not to purchase any condo in JB at the moment as the glut is coming.

calvinsankaran

Again, diversion tactic. Instead of worrying about our own house, we are talking about someone else’s problem. Why worry about JB, leave it those Johoreans to sort out their own house.

Ang
Ang

70% of Danga Bay Country Garden are bought by PRC Chinese. So we can expect rental yield to drop drastically in JB by next year.

glissantia
glissantia
Compare “democratic” and “communist” capitalism. Both are trying to increase loans to others, get these guaranteed by governments, and profit from collateral (when the borrower cannot pay) as primary drivers of “growth”. Both are working to exploit employees, and to reduce jobs and wages through automation. Both hide pollution or devastation for as long as possible, and then try to dismiss them as “external factors”. Both try to dismiss or punish environmentalists and social activists… Both cannot exist without fascism. The major change in this century is that China is now using its trade balance to gain direct, significant influence… Read more »
zoro
zoro

I tell you a much greater environment happening.the iceberg covers thousand of kilometres develop cracklines and will detached as mentioned in south china hearld all because of 4wds. The area is few penangs

tunglang
tunglang

Anil, go to Paya Terubong to see for yourself the ‘devastation of hills’ never seen since the days of earth-friendly settlements by the Chinese immigrants. Bukit Kukus is bulldozed to the extremes just to open up a hill road parallel to Jalan Paya Terubong & connecting to Bukit Jambul.
One hill road warrants such a devastation?
Should we wait for the hill tunnels to happen with more devastations?

Nyiamak Niao Kong! Cleaner Greener Penang???

tunglang
tunglang

Fearing the worst for reality environment publicity?

zoro
zoro

You mean if you see a big fire or a robbery you will report to Anil in this blog? Which school do you come from? Of course like newspaper you are just self ego to make news and have your name.

Earnest
Earnest

What about making car ownership very expensive in Penang by introducing electronic road pricing (ERP) like in Singapore?

Then there is no need more more highways. Money collected could be used to fund a better and more efficient public transportation?

Will Penang Forum agree to this proposal?

nn80160
nn80160

The land price is going to increase year by year. And the interest rates of EXIM might as low as 3% a year.
Sell the land now just to raise 1billion, or get the loan from EXIM with low interest rates but keep the land first? The appreciation of land will cover the interest of loans and even make more cash for the state. This is a very simple calculation. What if the EXIM can’t provide us a low interest rates? Then don’t borrow from EXIM, that’s it. What so big deal!?

zoro
zoro

When did professional like him and cat basher wants to have healthy discussion? Lackery .. just barking. Did he analyse and write about kl mrt, high speed rail, east coast rail, SG besi airport? Love to hear his view but bad because he writes for his blue saga seed master. It is just like the lawyer charging RM 1 to act on behalf of Ah Gee and SR reported about 10m was given out.

Li Huizhen
Li Huizhen

Calvinsankaran should examine why BN is in debt yet continue to borrow money like no tomorrow (at least for the next 30 years). We trust the Penang government is more prudent with spending.

calvinsankaran
That’s the point isn’t it? The land price is keep increasing every year because it is in short supply in Penang and for us one of the most valuable commodity. By selling off the land, what we are doing is skin to selling our blood to finance our drug habit. Sooner or later something going to give and everyone knows that when we will run out of land, we will have nothing left. We can understand if the DAP govt is borrowing billions to develop affordable housing because that’s something of a basis need and that is severe short supply.… Read more »
zoro
zoro
Kalvin I do have the last laugh. Singapore spends billions because it is the singapore federal Gomen uses tax payers money. Now this BN saga seed trooper wants to use singland to compare? Of course Tunglang will become the poverbial … for blasting others for quoting singlsnd how much did federal gave to Penang Gomen? Even the federal Rapid buses playing on propossed ptmp has to depend on the generosity of ptmp. Why Rapid buses did not contribute it’s share for the road? Tell use how much and many houses your financer has built houses in Penang when PH is… Read more »
calvinsankaran
nn1860. It is clear that you (may be) one of the many “special assistants” of the Dear Leader, seeing from the kind of detailed information that you have that is not available in the public domain or during the “public display” of documents. You can fool the naïve readers but thankfully not all of us are under the spell of the Dear Leader. I burst out laughing at your comments. You think only you know about economy, traffic. urban planning, etc. Perhaps you can share your credentials so we can judge for ourselves. You could be a PhD with 20… Read more »
nn80160
nn80160
calvinsankaran: You are totally insane! Borrowing billions to develop affordable housing?! Do you really understand what is affordable housing? The State need to subsidises the affordable housing project, ie the state gov pay 100millions for a AH project, after they sell all the units to the public then the state gov can only get back maybe 30millions! Get billions of loans to build affordable housing?!! You must be mad. Please do some research on affordable housing and the how HDB work in Singapore! Your way will lead Penang to bankrupt loh! And the increasing of land price doesn’t mean it’s… Read more »
zoro
zoro
Very good point. You did alot of analysis only on ph states and deep silence on BN.come on how can you be a profession with one sided comments. Anil in the past also said gilakan has been selling more land than ph and yet you .remain dump on this.why dont you tell your financer how much land ammo sold? The rail gate keeper had few plots and 4 storeys house in low cost area. All earnings do not flow into rakyat. They get 1and rakyat 1 only. You still protect your paymaste. who did not pay a cent and worse… Read more »
Shanti
Shanti

As GE is approaching, we can see those BN cyber troopers appearing in this blog.

calvinsankaran
The whole thing makes no sense whatsoever and looks highly suspicious. I recall when the contract was awarded to SRS there were many who questioned if SRS has the financial strength to undertake such a huge project and especially since they were found to be a Rm2 company with no track record at all. However at that time LGE boasted that SRS was supported by their Chinese partner who is financially very strong. So what happened since then? Why all of a sudden SRS have problem financing the project? At that time of award I was very critical how the… Read more »
Kabyles
Kabyles

Umno can borrow, DAP cannot?

zoro
zoro

Main gasing too much and head is spinning. Cant help under instructions as sg besi airfield is flooded being too SMART tunnel.

Damien
Damien

Bridging financing is one form of financial leveraging. Leverage upon the rich to sustain the livelihood of the poor?

tunglang
tunglang

The poor bo bin-chui Penangites may have to emigrate to hinterland of mainland & beyond thus changing the demographic-socio-status of Cosmopolitan Penang forever.
How can this be called sustaining the livelihood of the poor?????????????????????????????

zoro
zoro
All hyper with slogans and CAT bashing. with contradictions. Tell people to buy food truck to do business which add more traffic and fossil burning. On the other opposite roads and ptmp. You want PG to build more LC houses and want factories and work places nearby to void transport costs. This means CAT basher wants factories near residential area.. this go against the structure plan and why not CAT basher ask for Padi and vegetable plots around the city? CAT basher himself owns 4wds with 10 wheels in PG city. and talk about heritage houeses and many are converted… Read more »
tunglang
tunglang
Damien, you miss the point. Penangites need affordable to LC housing since many are working at low wages in the island. Why travel so far & incur more travelling costs from the mainland & beyond when one can stay nearer to place of work ONLY if state gomen is caring to the housing needs of people instead of pampering to fancies of developers for maxi-profiteering from high-end properties? Less travelling over long distance also means less traffic on the road & more time with families. Comes GE CAT gomen still have the bile to invite many played-out + disillusioned Penangites… Read more »
Damien
Damien

bin chui so important ?then work harder or join more money games for instant wealth to stay on Cosmo island for ego sake. Nothing to be ashamed of to move over to the mainland of peninsular to avoid the pressure of sustaining bin chui. There are now 2 bridges to bridge the 2 sides of pulo mutiara

calvinsankaran

This is progress DAP-style. Make the poor poorer so that the rich gets richer.

Ong Eu Soon
No more EIA for Penang Roads and Tunnels project It was reported in the past that the RM305mil will fund the feasibility study at RM180 million, detailed design for RM92 million, and environmental assessment for RM33 million. After I highlighted that the cost of feasibility study for 17.4km Labrador tunnel is only C$750,000 , the cost of feasibility studies seem to have been shifted to the detailed design. This shift made the cost of the feasibility studies RM31million for the three paired roads and RM20 million for the tunnel, but the cost of detailed design for the three paired roads… Read more »
Ong Eu Soon
It was reported in the past that the RM305mil will fund the feasibility study at RM180 million, detailed design for RM92 million, and environmental assessment for RM33 million. After I highlighted that the cost of feasibility study for 17.4km Labrador tunnel is only C$750,000 , the cost of feasibility studies seem to have been shifted to the detailed design. This shift made the cost of the feasibility studies RM31million for the three paired roads and RM20 million for the tunnel, but the cost of detailed design for the three paired roads ballooned to RM177.5 million. The detailed design for the… Read more »
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