Over 1000 residents sign petition opposing Komtar-esque towers in Tanjung Bunga

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Residents of Tanjung Bunga packed a press conference this morning to protest against a Boon Siew Group project that will see two 50-storey buildings, one 49-storey building and one 34-storey building sprouting in the area.

The project is located between Jalan Sungai Kelian and Jalan Loh Poh Heng.

The residents claim the project will have an effective density of 49 units per acre whereas the Penang Structure Plan 2007 only allows 15 units per acre for the area. A lawyer at the press conference said MBPP policies and guidelines cannot override the text in the Structure Plan, which was gazetted. The text should also take precedence over the rough sketch in the Plan which was surreptitiously amended to show Tanjung Bunga as a primary corridor with a higher density, said the lawyer.

Even if the area is considered a primary corridor, the maximum density allowed under the Structure Plan is 30 units per acre. The “60 per cent affordable housing” cannot be added to this maximum density, said the lawyer. Instead, any “affordable housing” should be included in the maximum density allowed.

Moreover, strata title holders in the adjacent Desa Embun Emas did not receive individual notices informing them that they could object to the project.

The Town and Country Planning Act requires the MPPP to serve a notice on “the owners of the neighbouring lands” (within 20 metres) to inform them of their rights to object, said the lawyer. Owner is defined as “the registered proprietor of the land”.

The Management Corporation is the registered proprietor of the common property, whilst the individual unit owners are the registered proprietors of the units (which of course includes the land on which the units are constructed), added the lawyer. “The ‘management corporation’ and the ‘unit owners’ are separate legal entities. They have different addresses for service of notice. Hence, in my view, all should be given notice to object.”

Present at the press conference were Desa Embun Emas residents committee chairman George Lee, Tanjung Bunga Adun Teh Yee Cheu, Penang Island City Councillor Syerleena Abdul Rashid and representatives of the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association, including its new and immediate past president. Activists Dr Cecilia Ng and Susan Siew were also present.

So far, over 1,000 Tanjung Bunga residents have signed a petition opposing this highrise high-density project.

An online petition has just been launched as well.

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Chris Cheong
Chris Cheong
8 Apr 2015 8.03pm

Well, it’s even worse in Tanjung Tokong. Ideal is going to build 2000++ affordable homes on one small piece of 9.9 acres of land. Please teach the residents in Tanjung Tokong how to protest! I am getting fed up with Penang already.

Syaboo
Syaboo
5 Apr 2015 2.11pm

So Boon Siew Group is the culprit?

helmi
helmi
5 Apr 2015 1.49pm

Do not be selfish. We need high density high rise development so that more people can have homes in land scarced Penang island.

Yang
Yang
6 Apr 2015 9.48am
Reply to  helmi

High density, high end condo sold to high end rich from overseas.

Qsurvey
Qsurvey
5 Apr 2015 12.32pm

Too bad, as the area there has gone up in valuation to at least 700psf and developers tend to build higher and higher to cover the cost.

Penangkia
Penangkia
6 Apr 2015 8.28am
Reply to  Qsurvey

BSG owned this property for decades already. It’s not a newly bought land.

Simon says
Simon says
5 Apr 2015 11.01am

Move to Bayan Baru area lah. Better planning less prone to landslide issue.
Near to airport, Relau Metropolitan Park, Schools, USM, makan makan aplenty !

iSupercally
iSupercally
5 Apr 2015 12.44pm
Reply to  Simon says

You must be joking. Bayan Baru lagi teruk

Plain Truth
Plain Truth
4 Apr 2015 3.50pm

You get what you elect. The Tanjung Bungah folks are among the most educated lot in Penang. So express your dissatisfaction via the ballot box.

Yang
Yang
4 Apr 2015 10.46pm
Reply to  Plain Truth

Yes do it right next GE

Syaboo
Syaboo
5 Apr 2015 2.08pm
Reply to  Plain Truth

Don’t be an idiot. BN regime will bring you more misery!

iSupercally
iSupercally
8 Apr 2015 8.37am
Reply to  Syaboo

I have been an idiot for too long voting in DAP. Look like my life now is more misery than before during Gerakan

Awang Selamat Ori
Awang Selamat Ori
4 Apr 2015 2.53pm

Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I guess there will be more to come? Between hudud and corruption, which is the greater evil?

Ed G
Ed G
5 Apr 2015 11.51am

Can hudud make any difference when it comes to tackling of corruption given the fact that what is glaringly lacking is the will to apply the existing laws rather than the laws per se.

Kah Seng
4 Apr 2015 1.30pm

There is some sort of technical problem with the link?

Kah Seng
4 Apr 2015 1.39pm

There is now a link to your article, hope you don’t mind http://tanjongbunga.blogspot.com/2015/04/anil-netto-reports-on-1000-residents.html