The first phase of a 760-acre island, mainly for the well heeled, is emerging off the northeast coast of Penang Island – part of the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 reclamation. Smack in the middle of where the Tanjung Tokong fisherfolk used to work.
This frenzied reclamation work comes at a time when the property market is experiencing something of a slump, with the signs of unoccupied high-end condos and a glut in retail property growing ever more visible.
Meanwhile, with the total fertility rate in Penang plunging well below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman, the population of Penang is only inching up (thanks to a small net annual inflow of people from elsewhere).
So who are they building for?
Photos taken by a concerned Penangite.