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in Jalan Kim Bian Aik, off Jalan An­son, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang, used to be a peace­ful neigh­bour­hood.

But things changed about a month ago when pubs and restau­rants opened at a five­storey com­mer­cial build­ing ad­ja­cent to the neigh­bour­hood.

Checks by Ac­tion­line found sev­eral air-con­di­tioner com­pres­sors and huge kitchen ex­hausts at the back of the com­mer­cial build­ing, which di­rectly faces the back al­leys of houses in Ta­man Nirwana.

The com­pres­sors are loud, while the kitchen ex­hausts pol­lute the air.

Res­i­dents said the equip­ment would run from the af­ter­noon to late at night.

To com­pound mat­ters, more and more restau­rants are oc­cu­py­ing the com­mer­cial build­ing.

A res­i­dent, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said the neigh­bour­hood was once a peace­ful hous­ing area, but that changed with the ar­rival of the pubs and restau­rants.

“Since all the pubs and restau­rants came along, we have been hav­ing rest­less nights.

“Most houses here have a bath­room at the back.

“Just imag­ine the sound we have to en­dure when­ever we want to re­lieve our­selves.

“Many el­derly peo­ple are liv­ing here, and they spend most of their time at home. Do they not de­serve pri­vacy and peace­ful rest at home?” she asked.

An­other res­i­dent, in her late 60s, said many peo­ple walked in the back al­ley at night.

“We used to en­joy the quiet, but that has not been the case since last month.

“I do not feel that the au­thor­i­ties have done enough to en­sure our area is not af­fected by the restau­rants.

“It used to be peace­ful and clean.

“Now, it is noisy and dirty. We do not feel safe with the pres­ence of strangers in our back al­ley.”

She said res­i­dents were not in­formed or asked for their con­sent be­fore the pubs and restau­rants were opened.


A spokesman for the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil said the coun­cil was aware of the sit­u­a­tion as it had been re­ported on sev­eral times since Oct 22.

The spokesman said the restau­rants ad­hered to re­quire­ments.

“How­ever, the safety and health of res­i­dents are also our main con­cern. Hence, we will look into it.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­ports and find­ing a so­lu­tion to grouses raised by the af­fected par­ties.”


Kitchen ex­hausts and air-con­di­tioner com­pres­sors spot­ted in an al­ley in Ta­man Nirwana, Ge­orge Town.

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