RE­VEAL LAND DE­TAILS, URGES NGO

Calls on state govt to hold pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on pro­posed high-rise project

New Straits Times - - News - AU­DREY DERMAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN au­dreymd@nst.com.my

THE Pe­nang gov­ern­ment has been urged to come clean on its plans for a large tract of prime state land in Le­buhraya Peel here.

Cit­i­zen Aware­ness Chant Group ad­viser Yan Lee said he was in­formed that the seven-acre (2.8ha) land would be de­vel­oped into a high-rise well­ness project.

Yan claimed that the value of the land was RM1,000 per sq ft at the very least, while a bun­ga­low near the area was up for sale for RM18 mil­lion, or around RM670 per sq foot.

“I was told the joint-ven­ture project with a pri­vate de­vel­oper is in the plan­ning stage.

“What we want is pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­fore the project takes off since this is state land,” he said af­ter tak­ing re­porters to the site in ques­tion yes­ter­day.

Yan said since the land be­longed to the state gov­ern­ment, it was duty bound to re­veal more de­tails about its sup­posed sale and the high-rise well­ness project.

“This is prime state land. Has any open ten­der been called?

“The pro­posed project, with be­tween 500 and 800 units, is bound to af­fect the pub­lic.”

Checks by the New Straits Times showed that the land is di­rectly across the Civil De­fence head­quar­ters.

Build­ings there are mostly gov­ern­ment bun­ga­lows from the colo­nial era. A state car de­pot also oc­cu­pies a large piece of land.

State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Chow Kon Yeow did not re­spond to NST seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the sta­tus of the land and the pro­posed project.

PIC BY AMIR IRSYAD OMAR

Cit­i­zen Aware­ness Chant Group ad­viser Yan Lee show­ing the gov­ern­ment build­ing in Le­buhraya Peel, Ge­orge Town, yes­ter­day.

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