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Exco man: No ‘under-the-table’ money for projects

April 28th, 2012 No comments

THE public is advised not to fall prey by paying between RM5,000 and RM10,000 to unscrupulous syndicates which promise to secure low-cost (LC) or low medium-cost (LMC) units.

Penang Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said several syndicate members were going around promising applicants that they would get a unit at certain projects for a fee.

“The public should not believe such scams.

“We have never introduced such a policy,” he told a press conference in Komtar.

He was commenting on talks that the public could pay ‘under-the-table’ money of between RM5,000 and RM10,000 to secure a unit in a project in Sungai Ara.

At the same press conference, Wong urged eligible individuals to submit applications for i-Park (an LC project) in Sungai Ara and Taman Bukit Erskine (an LMC pro-ject) near Lebuhraya Halia in Tanjung Tokong as soon as pos-sible.

“To date, 1,500 people have obtained the PN1 forms (for new LC applicants) while another 866 applicants have submitted their appeal to the Penang Housing Department for i-Park units.

“Meanwhile, out of the 554 LMC units in Taman Bukit Erskine, 303 applicants have accepted the offer,” he said.

“The remaining 251 units are still available to eligible applicants,” he said.

The Taman Bukit Erskine pro-ject, developed by Ivory Villas Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Ivory Properties Group Berhad, is now 30% completed and ex- pected to be fully completed in 2014.

Source: The Star

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The Qbees

April 25th, 2012 25 comments

The Qbees, a luxury condominium by SP Setia located along Jalan Bayan Lepas, within the established township of Teluk Kumbar, Penang. This development comprises 98 residential units with built-up size ranging from 1,119 sq.ft. onwards.

Property Project : The Qbees
Location : Teluk Kumbar, Penang
Property Type : Condominium
Tenure : Freehold
Built-up Area: 1,119 sq.ft. onwards
Total Units : 98
Developer : Kay Pride Sdn. Bhd. (SP Setia)

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Penang most liveable city in M’sia

April 24th, 2012 No comments

GEORGE TOWN: Penang has, for the first time, beaten Kuala Lumpur for two consecutive years as the country’s most liveable city, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

Quoting the annual ECA International Location Ratings research, Lim said Penang had maintained its position as Asia’s eighth most liveable city, while Kuala Lumpur had dropped from ninth to the 10th spot.

“We should feel proud — for the first time in history, we are number one in Malaysia for two years running.

“It’s not a fluke, it’s a fact,” Lim told a press conference in Komtar.

He said listed criteria for the ranking included quality of living, climate, health services, isolation, social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure and political tensions.

According to the survey, Singapore maintained its grip on the top spot and also retained its global ranking as the number one most liveable city in the world.

Kobe, Japan stayed at the second spot of Asia’s most liveable cities, followed by Hong Kong, Tokyo and Yokohama (tied at fourth), Taipei and Macau.

Seoul, that was ranked as Asia’s 10th most liveable city in 2011, edged Kuala Lumpur to tie with George Town in this year’s ranking.

ECA International, which carries out the location rating annually, is an international consulting firm that specialises in providing and developing solutions for the management and assignment of employees around the world.

Lim said Penang’s ranking as the nation’s most liveable city showed that protests against the state government that had taken place since the last general election were done by only a “small group of troublemakers.”

Source: The Star

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Elevators at home are cool contraptions — beats taking the stairs

April 24th, 2012 No comments

HAVING an elevator at home, while still a lifestyle choice rather than one born out of necessity, is nevertheless a trend that is becoming increasingly popular with many upscale residential developments featuring this novelty in its houses.

“One usually finds lifts in the homes of the affluent and these people usually buy things based on what it will say about their lifestyle. An elevator at home is slowly becoming a must for them and can be seen as keeping up with the times,” said Jerry Lau, general manager of property developers AQRS.

The company has under its belt, two residential projects, both featuring elevators.

“Lifts are especially useful for the elderly who have difficulty climbing up several flights of stairs. It also comes in handy for carrying heavy stuff upstairs. Though not many people would like to think about it, sometimes healthy young people can get injuries that prevent them from using the stairs easily and an elevator would come in handy,” added Lau.

He explained that the value of an elevator in a home is one that benefits the developer and homeowner even in the long run.

Executive chairman of BHL Group of Companies, the developer of USJ One Park Twin Villas in USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Datuk Lim Boo Kian said that having a lift in a house gives it an exclusive feel and is a design that matches a modern lifestyle.

According to supplier Atlantic Elevator Sdn Bhd managing director M.C Lim, he landed his first job for a home elevator in 2001.

“However, the trend only kicked off in the last two to three years with whole landed property projects including one in its units. Before that, we only installed elevators in individual homes of those with a need or want for it,” he said.

As a person who started off wanting to work with diesel engines, Lim’s involvement in the lift department happened solely by chance due to an opening in that section and for the past 30 years, he has seen the evolution of elevators.

“Lifts used to be cumbersome things that required an extra room on the roof for the machinery. That was followed by the type requiring a bit more pit space. These days, however, new designs like the machine-roomless ones have come about to provide a more efficient ride without taking up too much space,” he said.

Installing a regular elevator for a three-storey home would cost about RM85,000 and this can go up to more than RM100,000 depending on the features, type and design.

“Currently, we find that there is a demand for elevators with glass doors and walls which helps reduce phobia as well as add an interesting focal point in the house,” added Lim.

He also said that the type of lifts that are in demand usually has to be disabled-friendly. They must have a permanent connection to either an emergency breakdown service or regular phone line to enable calls from inside the contraption.

Lau said that the type of lifts they used in their project in Taman Seri Gombak called Gombak Grove blends in seamlessly with the interior design of the home.

“The doors looks like any other in the house and does not stick out awkwardly. It features an open shaft concept and other safety points such as a sensor at its edges that will cause the lift to stop moving once pressure is applied,” he said.

Some lifts are even programmed to stop at the nearest floor and open its doors in the event of a power failure.

Many people would be surprised that the actual power consumption of an elevator is actually quite low.

“For the elevators we have installed, electricity consumption is only about half a sen for every floor it traverses,” revealed Lau.

Lim said that when in use, the elevator uses less than two kilowatts and is less than a boiling kettle’s energy consumption.

“As for maintenance, it is up to the customer how often they want to do it. Our general advice is to carry out regular maintenance checks every two months,” he said, adding depending on the elevator service provided, the cost usually starts from RM200.

He also said that installing elevators on existing properties was also possible. The considerations to be given are space requirement and budget.

“There are also a number of house owners who consult us before constructing their home to make space for possible future lift installation. It usually takes up to three months to manufacture an elevator and another month to install it,” he said, adding that currently China is the largest lift producing country.

Lim said that currently there are no laws that regulate the installation or maintenance of lifts in homes though there has been talk that the government plans on coming up with regulations particularly since the trend is picking up.

Lau sees the trend of having an elevator in a house continuing to rise.

“New developers are already including one in projects for super-link houses in the outskirts of the city. For us, there is a need to stay ahead of the game and be in touch with the market needs,” he added.

Source: The Star

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Sg Ara folk against hillside project

April 24th, 2012 13 comments

THE Penang Appeals Board has fixed July 18 for the hearing of the case of residents of Sungai Ara who are against the approval of a hillside development project in the area.

Board chairman Datuk Yeo Yang Poh set the date after getting the agreement on the date from the project developer, Sunway City Sdn Bhd, and the counsel for the residents (the apellants).

Datuk Lakhbir Singh Chahl, who represents six of the apellants, said that their grounds for objection to the project included the elevation (the height) at which the development is taking place on the hill.

The other grounds were the interpretation of the term ‘projek istimewa’ (special project category under which the projects were approved by the Penang Municipal Council) and the density of the project (in terms of the number of units per acre).

Three of the appellants who are residents staying near the project site are represented by Y. Yogeswaran.

Sunway City is represented by Christina Siew.

It was reported that on April 8, a group of 200 residents from various housing estates as well as representatives of Sahabat Alam Malaysia staged a protest against the project.

The residents had received a notification from the council’s Planning Department that the project was approved on Feb 21 despite their efforts to raise their concerns with state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai and Batu Maung assemblyman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim.

In a report on April 10, Penang MCA secretary Lau Chiek Tuan had said that the protest by the residents against the development proved that the state government had ignored the people’s voice and forsaken their welfare.

Source: The Star

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