The Edge has carried a fascinating news story about the degraded Bukit Relau in Penang. But the question remains: how was the land converted from hill-land to low-density housing and who was responsible for that?
Bukit Relau: Tycoon breaks silence
Written by Sangeetha Amarthalingam, fz.com (contributor to theedgemalaysia.com)
GEORGE TOWN (Nov 18): In an astounding revelation, Penang tycoon Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping whose company illegally cleared parts of Bukit Relau early this year has vowed that development will not happen on that land.
He said although he was not aware of the land clearance, he assured there will be no development on the hill.
“Honestly, I was not aware of it but I can tell you there will be no development on that land. My management made a mistake of clearing the land without my knowledge. Now, I am paying the price.
“Therefore, there will be no development. I cannot deal with the headache of developing the land,” claimed Tan, who is one of four directors of General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd that owned Lot 11396 on Bukit Relau.
Breaking his silence to the media after being in the eye of controversy following his company’s involvement in the illegal act between February and April, Tan said the management wanted to ‘build’ a road on the hill to ‘monitor’ the land.
Sounding resolved with the turn of events since his company’s exposure made by Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) on June 14, Tan said he accepted the decision made by the state.
This, he said, included the RM30,000 fine slapped on General Accomplishment by the Penang Sessions Court on July 11 for failing to submit earthworks plan as required by Section 70A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
Four months later, Tan now said he was ‘willing to pay’ thousands of ringgit to ensure the land ‘returns to normal’.
“We accept any decision made by the state. We were slapped with an RM30,000 fine. The Deputy Public Prosecutor has appealed the court’s decision to impose a higher fine. We accept their prerogative.
“That’s why we do not want to develop the land and allow for a few years to pass so that it returns to normal. My focus now is for the land to go back to normal,” he told fz.com.
However, he refused to reply when asked if the land would be developed even after a few years. Full story in The Edge.