REVEAL LAND DETAILS, URGES NGO
Calls on state govt to hold public consultation on proposed high-rise project
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.
Citizen Awareness Chant Group adviser Yan Lee showing the government building in Lebuhraya Peel, George Town, yesterday.