The main contractor for the controversial Surin hill-slope condominium project in Tanjung Bunga has responded to neighbouring residents who had written in to express their unhappiness about the construction work.
The management committee of the Straits Regency complex nearby had complained about nauseating fumes, noisy generators and construction work at night.
In a tersely worded letter dated 15 October, Wabina Construction and Engineering Sdn Bhd managing director Loh Geok Beng responded that the fumes from the generators were not poisonous and that the firm had abided by Penang Municipal Council guidelines. He added that the noise from the generators and excavators was “reasonable” and “expectable” considering the work being done.
The firm denied that it had carried out work beyond permissible hours and said it would seek the Council’s permission for extended hours to carry out internal work.
The letter, which was copied to the Council, ended with a request to the Straits Regency management committee not to “create difficulties” or else Wabina would not hesitate to hold them liable for any delay in work caused by their action.
Loh @ Ooi Gan is also deputy president of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) and assistant liason officer/director of the Han Chiang School/College. He was one of the PCCC representatives in their 17 July closed-door meeting with the Chief Minister on housing industry-related issues.
The developer of the Surin project is GLM Property Development Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bolton Bhd.
According to Bolton’s 2009 Annual Report, Bolton’s major shareholders include Lee Choong Lim @ Lee Tin Fook/Hopaco Properties Ltd (24 per cent indirect interest) and Bolton executive chairman Mohamed Azman Yahya (19 per cent). Azman, the former Danaharta head, also sits on the board of Khazanah and other listed firms.