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MPPP Orders Developer To Reconstruct Demolished Bungalow

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

GEORGE TOWN: The developer responsible for demolishing a building on Lebuhraya Pykett here without permission from the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has been ordered to restore the building at the original site.

“This will be a lesson that no one is above the law, and that all actions must go through the proper channels,” said State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

“The developer will be ordered to rebuild the building under Section 27 (3) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976,” he said.

In January, Klassik Tropika Development Sdn Bhd who was represented by architect Low Eng Hooi, was fined RM6,000 by a magistrate’s court after Low pleaded guilty to demolishing the building in July last year without council permission.


New Development Planned For Jelutong

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

THE thriving Penang property market has gotten off to a robust start this year with a new development planned for Jelutong.

Tambun Indah Land Berhad has proposed to acquire the entire equity of Premcourt Development Sdn Bhd, and will undertake a mixed strata development project in the area through Premcourt.

The project, with a gross development value (GDV) of RM180mil, involves a 1.69ha piece of land in Jelutong.

Tambun Indah managing director Teh Kiak Seng said the project was located “in the heart of the island” and would feature modern apartments, office suites and shoplots to meet the demand for commercial and lifestyle properties in the central business district.


Triple-Storey Villas In Ipoh With A Lift Each

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

GREENTREE Residence link villas at Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Ipoh, have it all — comfort, style and security.

And to top it all off, the luxurious villas are also designed to help the elderly and the disabled.

Each triple-storey villa has its own lift to accommodate those who have trouble walking up the stairs.

“When we design the villas, we took into consideration that families will stay here for a long time,” said Flexible Express Sdn Bhd director Loh Nyet Mee at the opening of the Greentree Residence show house recently.
Show house: The three-storey Greentree Residence link villa in Ipoh is priced at a minimum of RM1.6mil.


Uda To Invest RM200M In Mall Project

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

JOHOR BARU: Uda Holdings Bhd will invest between RM200mil and RM250mil to develop Angsana II commercial project, adjacent to its existing Plaza Angsana shopping complex here.

Chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the project was in planning stage and construction was slated to begin by year-end.

“We are looking at a joint-venture basis and will be inviting interested parties to submit their proposals,'' he told StarBiz on Monday after witnessing the signing of service agreement between Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and United Malayan Land Bhd's wholly-owned subsidiary Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd.

He said Uda was looking at developing the project on a joint-venture basis with land owners.


Land Acquisition By Govt Takes Into Account Residents Affected

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

LAND Public Transport Commission (LPTC) CEO Mohd Nur Kamal said the commission had taken note the concerns of Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents regarding the notice of land acquisition for the construction of the Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

“The issue of land acquisition is governed by the Land Acquisition Act 1960 and the National Land Code. The body that is tasked with issuing notices pertaining to land acquisition is the Department of Director-General of Land and Mines,” he said.

“The procedures for land acquisition as outlined under Section 4 of the Act is for the KPTG in that particular state to put up notices as close to the land as possible to inform the public that the general land area has been gazetted for possible acquisition.

“It is only after public feedback has been received and consultations undertaken with various bodies that the plots of land that may be acquired can be confirmed.


Link Housing Estates With More Roads

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

THE authorities have been urged to build more interconnecting roads between housing estates as a means to reduce the traffic congestion on the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

Barisan Nasional chief coordinator for Puchong, Datuk Lau Yeng Peng said motorists had to use the LDP not only to get out of Puchong but also to move from one housing estate to another within Puchong.

“It would help ease the traffic problems here if there were more roads between residential areas,” he said during a meeting he initiated with LDP concessionaire Litrak at his office in Puchong to highlight the long-standing traffic woes.

“Residents coming from the back end of Puchong go through the Plaza Puchong Barat toll plaza.


Semi-D Homes For The Poor

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

TWENTY semi-detached houses worth RM660,000 will be built in Desa Keda Nagalilit near Padang Serai, Kedah, for hardcore poor families.

The British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia Foundation in collaboration with the Kedah Regional Development Authority (Keda) will build the three-room houses scheduled for completion within six months.

Keda chairman Datuk Ahmad Basha Md Hanipah said the collaboration was in line with the Government’s aim to reduce the current poverty rate of 3.8% to 2% in 2015.

“I appreciate the foundation’s move and hope that they will continue to participate in more such programs,” he said during a visit to the housing project in Desa Keda Nagalilit.
Ready soon:(From right) Ahmad Basha and Toh visiting Desa Keda Nagalilit in Padang Serai.


George Town’s Heritage Status May Be In Jeopardy

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

TAKE a walk around certain parts of George Town’s inner city such as Kimberly Street and Che Em Street, and one will be greeted by the unmistakable twittering of swiftlets in the air.

These calls are not from the actual birds but recordings installed by owners of swiftlet houses to attract more of the avian to roost and breed in these heritage premises.

The small birds are a subject of contention with the state government as George Town’s joint Unesco World Heritage Site status with Malacca may be in jeopardy due to the conversion of heritage buildings here into swiftlet breeding premises.

On Jan 14, Unesco issued a letter through Permanent Delegation of Malaysia to Unesco Ali Ab Ghani regarding the swiftlet issue in the inner city.
Artificial breeding: A swiftlet house on Lebuh Che Em in George Town.


Legoland Aims For One Million Visitors

Extract from The Star (24/02/11)

NUSAJAYA: Legoland Development, the operator of Legoland Malaysia Theme Park being built here, expects to see one million visitors passing through its gates in the first year of operations.

Legoland Malaysia Project senior director of operations Siegfried Borst said the company was confident of achieving the target based on the high number of family institutions in the region.

He said unlike in developed countries where the birth rate was declining from year to year, most Asian countries still recorded high birth rate.

“Our theme park targets families with young children aged between two and 12 years old and this demographic serves our business strategy well,'' said Borst.


SP Setia Aims To Raise Up To RM1.2B For Expansion

Extract from Business Times (24/02/11)

PROPERTY developer SP Setia Bhd's proposed private placement of up to 15 per cent of its paid-up capital is expected to raise up to RM1.2 billion to fund its existing and future expansion.

"We hope to raise between RM1 billion to RM1.2 billion from the proposed private placement," president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said after SP Setia's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Shah Alam yesterday.

The exercise would only dilute minimally the company's share capital base, he added.

Liew plans to maintain his shareholding after the exercise. although another major shareholder, the Employees Provident Fund, wanted to raise its stake "a little bit more". We cannot speculate on the shareholding spread of these major shareholders," he said.