Healthy demand for Utropolis Batu Kawan

May 19th, 2017 No comments


Paramount Corp Bhd is looking at launching RM750 million worth of properties this year, from the initial target of RM600 million, following an impressive sales success in the first quarter of this year (1Q17).

“Our sales target for the year is RM500 million, but in 1Q17 alone we recorded about RM244 million in sales. However, we are not going to revise our target. We prefer to under-promise and over-deliver,” its group chief executive officer Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong told reporters after its annual general meeting yesterday.

He said demand for the group’s new properties has been “healthy”, particularly for its Utropolis Batu Kawan development in mainland Penang.

“Quite a fair bit of the [RM244 million] sales came from our Batu Kawan project. [This is because] some of our buyers find it convenient to live there as the place has faster access to the second bridge,” he said.

With an estimated gross development value of RM1.8 billion, Utropolis Batu Kawan is located 1km away from the Second Penang Bridge.

The project is divided into four phases and estimated to be completed by 2026. It features residential, commercial, retail and hotel components, as well as a new flagship campus for KDU Penang University College, which is owned and operated by Paramount’s education division.

“In 1Q17, we launched about RM350 million worth of projects, leaving another RM400 million to go for the remainder of the year,” Chew said.

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“Our project launches will be confined [to] the Klang Valley and the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. We still see a lot of growth opportunities in these markets,” he added.

Chew also said Paramount is not aggressively expanding its land bank at the moment as the group adopts an asset-light business model.

“We will still look into it when the opportunity arises. But we still prefer to undertake joint ventures with landowners so that we don’t have to commit too much [capital] and hold onto the land for too long,” he said.

Paramount’s property business contributes 70% of the group’s revenue, while the remaining is derived from its education business.


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Penang homes priced beyond reach of most youths

May 18th, 2017 37 comments

homeThe majority of youths in Penang have no choice but to rent due to high property prices.

Most (73.2%) are staying in a property owned by a family member or a relative and many (93.7%) are hoping to own a house within the next five years.

These are some of the findings of an opinion poll carried out by the state government on a sample group of 606 youths, aged 18 to 29.

Penang Institute senior analyst Yeong Pey Jung (pic) said an overwhelming 90.2% of respondents found it difficult to purchase property in Penang while 43.4% revealed that it was not difficult to rent a property here.

“In looking at the responses on perception towards property prices, 91.8% found prices in Penang to be considerably expensive while 69.3% are of the opinion that affordable housing in Penang is not affordable.

“If we look into the 24 to 29 age group, who have a higher purchasing power, 81.7% conclude that affordable housing is unaffordable. This is a phenomenon observed throughout Malaysia especially in urban areas,” she told a press conference on the outcome of the Penang youth survey in Komtar on Tuesday.

Yeong added that more than 90% of respondents hoped to own property but only half of them believe that it is possible.

“The telephone survey, which was conducted in February this year, was to find out how Penang youths feel towards social, economic and political concerns.”

The survey also showed that over 70% of youths involved in community projects were not interested in taking up leadership roles.

They also expressed a general disinterest in politics.

In terms of health, more than half of youths engaged in regular exercise.

About 56.4% found difficulty in gaining employment, a sentiment shared by their peers and immediate social circle.

Penang Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng said the survey was an initiative towards the Penang Youth Development Blueprint.

“The blueprint will be inclusive and function as a guide to encourage social upward mobility and enhance the youths’ development socially, economically and politically.”

The next phase is to conduct a focus group discussion and in-depth interviews with all sectors of the youth community.


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GBS by The Sea

May 17th, 2017 1 comment


About 3,000 jobs will be created for locals with the opening of a RM200 million high-end Global Business Services (GBS) complex near the second bridge by 2020, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced yesterday.

He said the complex, called “GBS by the Sea”, would be housed in two buildings, one eight storeys and the other nine storeys, with a total floor space of 411,000 sq ft and 2,500 parking lots.

Lim said the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) would build the project next to the current Motorola Solutions building at the Free Industrial Zone in Bayan Lepas.

GBS is a term referring to businesses housed under one roof that offer shared services and outsourcing to improve service delivery and reduce costs.

Last month, Lim launched GBS@Mayang, a similar set-up which involved the refurbishment of a mall in Bayan Baru.

The Mayang initiative is part of the Bayan Baru Improvement District under the Penang Cyber City plan.

“Penang’s concerted efforts to enhance GBS infrastructure will provide higher value jobs in the manufacturing industry through expansion and diversification of the GBS business,” Lim said in a press conference at Komtar.

“We aim to be part of the Industry 4.0 Transformation, which revolves around big data analytics, e-commerce, crowdsourcing, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

“GBS by the Sea is expected to attract many key international players.”

According to PDC general manager Rosli Jaafar, GBS by the Sea is envisioned as a centre for tech and R&D companies.

It will be an MSC Malaysia cybercentre-standard building incorporating retail and food outlets, he added.

Outsourcing Malaysia, the industry association, projected that Malaysia’s GBS sector would see a compounded annual growth rate of 10%-15% in the next three years.

According to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, GBS companies with MSC Malaysia status recorded a total revenue of RM18.4 billion in 2016.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority, in its 2016 report on investment performance, listed Penang in second place after Kuala Lumpur in investments for Global Establishments for Services or “Principal Hub”, with an investment value of RM4.1 billion.



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Fairview Residence

May 16th, 2017 11 comments


Fairview Residence, an upcoming affordable housing development at Sungai Ara, Penang. Strategically located next to Setia Pinnacle by SP Setia, about 10 minutes drive away from Setia SPICE. This is a joint venture development between VST Group and BSG Property.

This development will features 34-storey condominium offering 750 units of affordable housing, with an indicative selling price of RM368,000 onwards.

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Project Name: Fairview Residence
Location : Sungai Ara, Penang
Property Type : Affordable Housing
Built-up Area: 900 sq.ft.
Total Units: 750
Indicative Price: RM368,000 onwards
Developer: VST Group and BSG Property

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Terrace Houses at Eco Horizon and Eco Sun set for launch in 2H2017

May 13th, 2017 9 comments


Eco World Development Group Bhd is targeting to launch the first phase of landed terraced homes at its Eco Horizon and Eco Sun complementary township developments in Batu Kawan, Penang sometime in 2H2017, Eco World Penang general manager Khoo Teck Chong told

The 300-acre Eco Horizon and 74.5-acre Eco Sun have a combined gross development value (GDV) of more than RM7 billion to be developed over the next 10 years.

Eco Horizon will be divided into four residential precincts and one commercial precinct.

“For Eco Horizon, we are allocating over 230 acres of land for the residential component itself, while the remaining 70 acres will be for a commercial precinct. We are looking to launch the commercial precinct four to five years from now,” said Khoo.

“We will launch the terraced houses first, then maybe we will move on to other types such as the semi-dees. We always believe in bringing in the residential component first before the commercial,” said Khoo.

The two-storey terraced homes to be launched in both Eco Horizon and Eco Sun will have built-ups from 2,000 sq ft, with an estimated selling price starting from RM800,000.

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Meanwhile, Khoo added that the houses in both Eco Horizon and Eco Sun will have a colonial design concept.

“The houses will be something similar to our landed houses at Eco Botanic. The Eco Botanic landed homes are like a sneak peek of what we will be offering at our mainland township,” said Khoo. Eco Botanic in Johor is the developer’s maiden township launched in 2013 with a total GDV of RM3.79 million. Over 15% of the 270-acre freehold development has been reserved for greenery including indigenous trees and plants. The first residential project of Eco Botanic — dubbed The Verandah — comprises 624 cluster homes and semi-dees, which were fully sold and delivered to buyers last September.

“Eco Horizon and Eco Sun will be in a gated-and-guarded development. We will definitely not scrimp on security because that is of utmost importance. We will also be building a larger-than-normal clubhouse for the residents to enjoy,” explained Khoo. Eco Horizon and Eco Sun will have two separate entrances. While the clubhouse is located at Eco Horizon, residents at both Eco Horizon and Eco Sun are free to use the facilities.

Located at the centre of Eco Horizon will be the township’s 13.6-acre main park, with a pond that will take the form of a pair of flamingos.

“We understand that the residents may not utilise the clubhouse on a daily basis, yet when they want to use it, they want complete amenities such as a big gym and a big swimming pool. By building a bigger-sized clubhouse to be shared among more than 2,000 units of homes, this will definitely reduce maintenance fees, yet they can enjoy all the facilities,” he said.

According to Khoo, there are many Penangites who are looking for landed homes but cannot afford to buy them on Penang island.

“I would say many of them are genuine homebuyers and upgraders who may have previously bought a non-landed property to stay but have always dreamt of owning a landed property. Unlike the island where there are only small pockets of land for development, Batu Kawan offers clean swathes of land where we can showcase what we can do for these homebuyers,” said Khoo.

“The upcoming developments in Batu Kawan will be exciting as catalysts such as the second Penang Bridge to ease connectivity from the mainland and island will encourage more people to live on the mainland. Besides, the industrial area in Bayan Lepas is already fully occupied and companies are constantly looking for places to expand. The industrial development at Batu Kawan will involve high-technology components and with more upcoming industrial developments in Batu Kawan, it will definitely draw more people to work and live here,” Khoo added.



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