Penang Turf Club property development project REJECTED – but …

Penang Turf Club project rejected

The Penang Island City Council has REJECTED a massive project at the Penang Turf Club on various grounds – but concerned residents and Penangites are not letting down their guard.

The rejection comes on the heels of a petition dated 31 October 2016 by nearby residents expressing strong objections to the project.

The project involves the following:

Parcel 2: One 24-storey tower for 389 affordable homes and 16 double-storey shoplots
Parcel 3A: Two 22-storey towers for 228 apartments
Parcel 3B: Two 26-storey towers for 278 apartments and four five-storey blocks for 64 apartments

The developer is Berjaya Land Development Sdn Bhd

In a letter dated 24 January 2017, the City Council said it was rejecting the project based on the following grounds:

  • No hill land approval
  • Failing to comply with the city council’s density guidelines
  • Failing to comply with the city council’s guidelines for the provision of community amenities
  • Failing to comply with the city council’s guidelines for the provision of low-medium-cost housing

But one concerned Penangite warned that it was too early to celebrate. The developer could attempt to work on and around these grounds for rejection and submit a fresh plan.

She also noted that the notification of rejection doesn’t mention anything about the project site obstructing natural waterways, which was among the concerns of the Jesselton residents.

Neither did the notification of the rejection mention anything about the impact of the additional traffic from 2,226 new parking bays and 5,000 additional residents on the entire vicinity.

The following should be considered:

Retention ponds

Is the retention pond for water run-off from the diverted streams in the Batu Gantung area sufficient? Or is it only sufficient for the needs of the area under development?

What about the other tributaries and water sources from above? Has the impact of all the flooding risks been fully considered?

Is it true that the JPS has asked the United Hokkien Cemeteries for extra retention areas and that they have refused? Will JPS approve the drainage plan in any case?

Traffic Impact Assessment

Has this been done? Apparently, during the objection hearing, this was requested for. Could civil society groups like Penang Forum have a look?

Hill land committtee approval

The approval for the hill cutting was apparently based on bungalow lots in the original plan. But that was then. Now, the density has apparently been increased and there are high-rise blocks planned.

The revised plan has not yet been approved. But hill-cutting continued relentlessly, badly scarring the hill-side.

Many trees have been removed

How many trees have already been removed? About 500?

Where have they been replanted? And how many have survived.

Access roads

The Brook Road access road has not been approved, but is it true that an access road has been indicated?

Final thought

It was only in 2007-2008 that Penangites campaigned hard to save the Turf Club land from the massive development planned under the Penang Global City Centre project – only for this to happen now.

How is it possible that public land that was originally given to the Turf Club for a nominal sum for public recreational purposes is now being developed for huge private profits?

See how a valuable public asset – part of the Commons – has over the years been turned into a private development. How much has the state or MBPP – ie the people – received in return compared to the profits that private interests stand to reap? Can any value adequately make up for the loss of such a treasure?

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Sam Ong

Hi Anil, there is a new proposal to zone the Turf Club land as prime commercial land, reviving all the concerns the residents in the area had with the Penang Global City Centre. Is there a way that I can contact you to get some advice on what we can do? Thanks.


Penang to sell 20 acres of land to build churches, temples

Twenty acres of land in mainland Penang have been set aside to build non-Muslim religious places of worship, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Non-Muslim organisations are offered to buy the plots of land from the state government, he added.

Lim said the leasehold land in Bagan, Butterworth, have been demarcated into 32 lots of different sizes for the purpose.


any clearing and building of religious structure like tua pek kong temple will condemn by dedak


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Traditional kopitiams need to revamp to attract new (younger?) customers to stay afloat and to compete with the likes of Starbucks. Need to create cosy environment (soft lighting), soft music and provide wifi to attract young crowd that is willing to pay premium price for a cup of coffee.


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Those old-styled cinema halls were replaced by modern cineplex with the latest amenities (dolby surround sound, digital screening 2D or 3D, comfortable cushioned seats). Unfortunately modern cafe will similarly displaced the old-styled kopitiams. This is the cruelty brought on by the passage of time and the change of consumer taste. What remains are nolstagia for the older generation and the millenial generation will never understand the feelings. Sigh!

Joo Beng

Must keep up with time to survive else will be consigned to the museum. This is a sad reality.


the rental is not raised by singlsnd but by pg lang. if penang lang does not want to help how much more is investor from singland? why tua pek kong dont go and tell the owner off like telling komtar?


Learn from Singapore Ya Kun kopitiam that has revamped successfuuly.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a Singaporean chain of mass-market, retro-ambience cafes selling toast products (notably kaya toast), soft-boiled eggs and coffee. Founded by Loi Ah Koon in 1944, Ya Kun remained a small family-run stall for decades, but have expanded rapidly since Loi’s youngest son headed the business in 1999. They have over fifty outlets, mostly franchised, across six countries, and are a Singaporean cultural icon, known for their traditional brand identity and conservative, people-centric corporate culture.


Tunglang can be a disciple at YaKun, then return to PuloPinang to be the next pro-maelstrom rescuing the dying traditional kopitiam by becoming a franchisor.


The usual follow-up tricks fascists employ for a project they have already set their minds on include these:
– claiming investment, development or jobs, none of which they spell out.
– creating distractions.
– waiting for those “making noise” to tire.
– bringing back the project with superficial changes.


Time to ‘Let it go’ in Malaysia?

Vincent Tan to sell Cardiff City FC.

Felda is selling off its UK properties.
FGV to cut 3% of workforce.

Petronas is selling 50% of Rapid Pengerang stake to Saudi Aramco.

Proton will soon sell 51% of its holdings to Geeky China.


Petronas (allegedly) sold out to Saudi Aramco, but Umno TV3 reported as Saudi’s investment in MOU. BN is desperate for cash, expect more national assets to be sold.

Vincent Tan was trying to test the market. Unfortunately China and Arab buyers are not interested in small teams like Cardiff FC.

Geely China will likely use Proton Malaysian facilities to build Volvo cars, so the end is near for Proton once it is sold to Geely.

Joo Beng

FGV a listed public company collected RM 6 billion from the public on an initial public offering. They then misappropriated RM 1.7 billion and paid Felda settlers in the thousands RM 15,000 each gratis. The previous AG Gani Patail and the relevant authorities closed one eye. All the shareholders lost a lot of money. The country as a whole suffered grossly. Even EPF is paying lower dividends now.


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Bumiputera lots could be abused for personal gains as in the case of public housing scam in Johor that has implicated the Exco family:


Najib was trying to get MACC to get tough to spruce up Malaysia’s corrupted image? But we know the big shark is M01.


The hill is botak-ed, but there is NO fine.
The trees are cut down, but there is NO fine.
The project was carried out (without approval? beforehand), how can it be rejected???
Rejection is an act over a bad-plan submission, not after the fact of tree cuttings, bulldozing of hill slopes, etc!
Then, the rationale of this Sandiwara should invoke a fine.


it is fine without Fine. you dont know the process starts from gilakan state gomen days and become part of procedure. you sleeping and should have roost early. you another sandiwara




mother of all stupidest reply and with your comments houses last 30 years. TOL? LH is more than 5O years and FH forever. as long as tua pek kong.

Joseph Tan

How is it possible that public land that was originally given to the Turf Club for a nominal sum for public recreational purposes is now being developed for huge private profits? The members of the Turf Club have benefited enormously with some of them purchasing their part of Turf Club land to build their own bungalows near to Jalan Scotland and Jalan Skipton.