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Another bigger scandal in the making by Penang PR government

A view of the seafront along Persiaran Bayan Indah

Boustead Holdings only asking for RM50-60 million compensation in lieu of scaling down its hotel , but LGE is alleged too generous to hand over RM 1 billion worth of land reclamation project to this military-linked company.

LGE has never contested this case in the court, and he is playing the role of judge by assuming Penang state government MUST pay compensation to the developer.

Judging from the crazy and madness way of running Penang state under LGE, Pulau Jerjak may be not longer an island by 2020, it may be a part of Penang Island after several haphazard land reclamation projects.

See my previous posting on this potential bigger scandal than sPICE.

No reclamation please

By WINNIE YEOH
Photos by GOH GAIK LEE
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/10/3/north/9619495&sec=North

SOME 350 residents living in six condominiums and houses along Persiaran Bayan Indah in Bayan Lepas want the seafront in the Bayan Bay area to be spared of any future land reclamation projects.

Bayan Bay Residents’ Action Committee chairperson Sharifah Hamidah said the residents were not against development but were more concerned about the quality of life.

“We want people to have access to the seafront from Putra Marine Resort until Queensbay Mall and we hope that it will be spared of any reclamation projects,” she told a press conference at the Gold Coast Resort lobby.

During the press conference, the group of residents staged a peaceful protest.


Loud plea: Residents holding placards to voice their objection to reclamation projects at the seafront

Sharifah, a retired headmistress, said the residents decided to hold the press conference following information they received that there would be some reclamation efforts in the area by a developer.

She added that in July, the residents wrote to the developer to object any land reclamation there.

“However, we didn’t receive any reply from the developer,” she said.

A view of the seafront along Persiaran Bayan Indah

Sharifah said the residents had met Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Pantai Jerejak assemblyman Sim Tze Tzin in August to express their concern.

She said currently there are six condominium projects and residences — Putra Marine Resort, Gold Coast Resort, Bay Garden, Bay Star, Putra Place Condominiums and Villa Emas — comprising a total of 1,871 residential units in Bayan Bay.

“The population in the area is now more than 10,000 excluding the commercial lots. Soon, there will be 352 more condominium units coming up.

“If more development takes place, there will be massive traffic congestion in the area,” she said, adding that the residents were also concerned about the environmental damage there.

When contacted, Sim said the state government was forced into a negotiation with the developer, Boustead Holdings, after it was required to scale down the height of the high-rise Royal Bintang Hotel which was approved to be built in the Unesco World Heritage zone under the previous state government.

“The developer was requested to reduce the height to no more than 18m (five floors from its original 13) in accordance to the new guidelines.

“The state has to negotiate a settlement with the developer, failing which the state risks facing law suits amounting to hundreds of millions of ringgit,” he said.

Sim also urged Boustead to put the people’s interest and the state’s hard earned heritage status first before its financial profits.

He said it was unreasonable of corporate companies to threaten to sue the state government for a large sum of money simply for adhering to Unesco guidelines.

He expressed hope that Lim would stand firm and not succumb to the pressure from the developer.

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Dabangg of Muar says:

wah lau eh like that also can
imagine if our muar shoreline being reclaimed to build houses!

Ironically, those residents are staying on the reclaimed land.

nkkhoo says:

Reclaim land is not wrong, but Penang government is better to do it properly with EIA study by independent consultants. Land reclamation is a cash cow, should be handled by the government to maximize return to its rakyat like Singapore did.

Singapore government was using a software developed by my friend who studied in NUS to study ocean flow and siltation problems before approve any land reclamation project.

Lalang says:

These residents are selfish lot.
Their condos are on reclaimed land and they do not want others to enjoy such benefits.