Residents of Bayan Bay are unhappy about plans for massive development and land reclamation near their area, which is already close to the massive RM10bn Penang World City project. Small office/home office (Soho) projects are creating unease in various ways and that has prompted a freeze on all new projects for now – but that doesn’t mean the project won’t proceed in the future. To placate the residents, they have been told that the height of the proposed buidlings will be reduced.
Meanwhile, Soho buyers elsewhere are disgruntled at having to pay higher commercial rates for assessment even as developers reap handsome profits e.g. by building at a higher (commercial) density.
This Soho mess was easily foreseen by many quarters.
The following press statement was issued by residents in the Bayan Bay area.
We, the representative of Bay Garden, Bay Star, Gold Coast, Putra Marine, Putra Place and Villa Emas condominium and residential properties issue this joint press release to express our deep feelings and views of the proposed development in this vicinity of Queensbay.
We wish to highlight what our Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng said: “We (Penang) need to have more green spaces. We (the Penang Government) are trying to create green areas and public space for the people”.
How can the intended development of Queensbay with a massive development of 1900 units of condominium help to create green areas for the people?
The real impact of this chaotic development would be experienced by Bay Garden, where the rising sun and air flow will be blocked by the proposed Sohos which are 26 storeys high. Piling and building works will pose a danger to the residents and the houses of Bay Garden and, what’s more, add to the massive road congestion every day.
This development will spill over into the surrounding areas with the proposed reclamation of land immediately affecting the residents of Gold Coast. Such reclamation should not be done nor allowed as land reclamation of the area has been done to the maximum allowed 20 years ago.
Bay Star has a beautiful bay facing Pulau Jerejak. Under the previous developer, CP Landmark Sdn Bhd, the proposal was to build 300-plus super condos, and the narrow strip of land at the back of Baystar is to be built with buildings not more than four storeys high.
But now the proposed massive development of eight storeys (five storeys with a three-storey car park) will cut off the sea view of residents and add a road to bring traffic to the backyard of Baystar.
How can this be social justice and fairness when the tranquility and beautiful view of the existing residents are taken away and given to another group of private individuals of this massive development?
At present, the Bay is likened to the West Lake of Hang Zhou, with its natural beauty, calm and scenic landscape. To do more land reclamation would be to destroy this picturesque bay which we now have. This is irreplaceable. Can we have another bay like this?
The width between our current shoreline and Pulau Jerejak was maximised at that time of CP Landmark Sdn Bhd; why is there a suggestion to further reclaim land now? What is the environmental impact that we will face?
There is also the air flight path. How can the DCA approve the construction of a 26-storey building in the area of an air flight path? Are we preparing to let accidents to come by? Any flight accidents will pose great danger and damage to all the residents living in the proposed 26-storey buildings, Bay Star, Bay Garden and Gold Coast condominium and all the surrounding areas.
The formation of commissions to find reasons to explain a catastrophic flight accident occurring is not the way to deal with a problem. Address the issue now; we want the Director General of Civil Aviation authority to give to us a written assurance that the construction of a 26-storey condominium is safe and good for the residents mentioned.
What we want here in Queensbay is a reflection of an idealised fusion between human and nature with all the potential to develop it into the sort of environment, i.e. “More green and open spaces, pocket parks/gardens”, which our CM hopes to do as part of the Cleaner Greener Penang initiative.
We issue this press statement so that we look forward to the support of our state representative, especially the Chief Minister’s leadership in safeguarding the interest, rights and welfare of Bayan Baru and Penang, and that this state government is of the people, for the people and by the people.
The representatives of the above condominium and residential properties