SJK(C) Boon Beng seeks funds for infrastructure projects


Due to a significant increase in pupil enrollment over the years, SJK(C) Boon Beng in Sungai Bakap is currently raising funds to build a new school building and multipurpose hall.

Headmaster Tan Saw Hoon stated that the proposed new school building and multipurpose hall would be constructed on the existing school field.

“Meanwhile, the small piece of land beside the school will be converted into the new school field. The estimated cost for these projects is around RM10 million.

“We plan to organise more charity programmes to raise the necessary funds, which we expect to achieve within two years.

“We also urge the corporate sector and the public to assist us in this endeavour.

“With the new school building and multipurpose hall, we can provide a better learning environment for our pupils,” Tan told Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow during his visit to the school on Friday.

Tan also expressed gratitude to the Nibong Tebal parliamentary service centre for its RM50,000 contribution.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow stated that the Penang government would consider providing a special allocation to SJK(C) Boon Beng for these projects.

“We commend the school’s efforts in their commitment to raising funds. Although it may take a few years, I hope the school management will succeed in reaching their fundraising goal.

“I urge the Ministry of Education (MoE), related Federal and state departments, corporate sectors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and good Samaritans to assist SJK(C) Boon Beng in its construction project for the new school building and multipurpose hall,” he said.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Dr Mohamad Abdul Hamid, Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik, Batu Kawan parliamentary service centre director Ewe Chee Way, Chow’s political secretary Lau Keng Ee, unity government’s Sungai Bakap candidate Dr Joohari Ariffin and SJK(C) Boon Beng Board of Directors chairman Ma Chai Long.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


MBPP opens online applications for market stalls

Property News/ 16 June 2024 No comments


Online applications for renting stalls at Penang Island City Council (MBPP) markets, food complexes, and hawker sites for June is now open from June 15 to 23.

MBPP councillor Tan Soo Siang stated that applicants who do not register during this period will not be eligible for the online interview session.

“This session offers 126 vacant stalls across 23 locations.

“The Taman Terubong Jaya Market and Teluk Bahang Market have the highest number of vacancies.

“The fish section has the most vacancies, with 26 stalls available across nine markets, except for Jalan Permai Market and Jalan Tengku Market,” Tan said this morning.

Tan also mentioned that rental costs range from RM6 to RM200, depending on the type of stall.

At the press conference held at the Licensing Department near Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Tan reported that the previous interview session in May received 273 applications. Of these, 24% were successful, 56% were unsuccessful, and 20% were absent.

“Applicants are advised to ensure stable internet connectivity, choose a suitable location for the online interview, dress appropriately, and be on time,” Tan added.

For further details, visit the website at https://ulesen.mbpp.gov.my/ or contact the Licensing Department at 04-263 8818.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


AFFORDABLE: Bukit Mertajam / PTL Properties Sdn. Bhd.

Bukit Mertajam/ 14 June 2024 No comments


A newly proposed affordable housing development by PTL Properties Sdn. Bhd. in Bukit Mertajam. Strategically located near the ever bustling Jalan Song Ban Kheng, within the vicinity of Taman Bukit Kecil. It is just a stone’s throw away from SJKC Beng Teik, with abundance of essential amenities within 2km radious.

The development will feature a 34-storey apartment building with 420 affordable housing units, each measuring 950 sq. ft. The ground floor includes 8 commercial spaces, providing convenient retail options for residents. A multi-level parking facility spans from the ground floor to the 6th floor, ensuring ample parking space. Additionally, the development boasts various amenities such as a community hall, swimming pool, gym, and more.

The project is still in its planning stage and more details will be available upon official launch.


Project Name : (to be confirmed)
Location : Bukit Mertajam
Property Type : Affordable housing
Tenure: (to be confirmed)
Land Area: (to be confirmed)
Built-up Size: 950 sq.ft.
Total Units : 420
Indicative Price : RM250,000 onwards (affordable housing)
Developer : PTL Properties Sdn. Bhd.

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Why Penang chooses elevated LRT over other public transport options

Property News/ 13 June 2024 No comments


Over the years, the Penang State Government has evaluated various public transport systems, such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), and on-ground trams. After assessing costs, infrastructure, commuter habits, system features, models from other cities, and expert analysis, the government decided on an elevated system as the backbone of Penang’s public transport network, supported by feeder buses.

Despite the State Government’s repeated explanations for its decision, there’s still a chorus of pseudo-experts who remain adamant with their debunked opinions. As Joshua Woo Sze Zeng, the State Assemblyman for Pulau Tikus, explained in an article published in Buletin Mutiara, he reiterated at least five reasons to shed light on why the State Government is committed to the elevated LRT system.

Efficiency and Capacity

Elevated transit moves more passengers in a shorter time. Unlike on-ground modes such as buses, trams, and ART, which contend with traffic congestion, elevated transit operates seamlessly above the fray, unimpeded by road bottlenecks. Buses, trams, or ART moving on dedicated lanes can still be slowed down by traffic lights, accidents, and congestion. These systems lack the key advantage of the LRT: a segregated track that bypasses traffic entirely.

Adding extra carriages to trams or ART to increase ridership capacity will heighten the difficulty of maneuvering through congested roads. Elevated transit doesn’t have this problem. Segregated modes are superior in efficiency compared to road-sharing systems. University Sains Malaysia’s Professor in Transport Studies, Dato Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah, stated, “Segregated systems like rail will be more reliable and can provide the closest level of service to private modes.” Only pseudo-experts believe otherwise.


The elevated system offers a safer operating environment compared to on-ground counterparts. On-ground systems such as BRT and tram have higher accident risks. Despite designated lanes, TransJakarta, the longest BRT network in Southeast Asia, saw a notable increase in road incidents from 2015 to 2018, with a 134% increase in accidents and a 233% rise in deaths. The TransMilenio BRT system in Bogota, Colombia, averages six accidents daily.

Similarly, on-ground tram-related incidents in Australia surged from 2013-2017, with notable increases in collisions involving pedestrians, infrastructure, and road vehicles, resulting in numerous injuries and damages. Contrary to pseudo-experts’ advocacy for high-risk public transport, the Penang State Government favors the safer elevated system for Penangites.

Future Growth

The LRT is designed for future growth. Critics argue that the LRT’s projected ridership is unrealistic and that Penang’s current population doesn’t justify the need for the system. However, they overlook that the LRT proposal isn’t just about current demand but planning for the next 50 years. Critics point out that the Kuala Lumpur LRT isn’t meeting ridership expectations, but both EMIR Research and government studies reveal it’s actually overcrowded during rush hour.

This has led to additional carriage purchases and reduced waiting times to three minutes to meet increasing peak hour demand. Similar undercapacity during rush hour should be avoided for Penang LRT. Penang’s population has surged by almost 130% over the last five decades, from 776,124 in 1970 to 1.77 million in 2023. While expecting similar growth in the next 50 years may be optimistic, neglecting future expansion could jeopardize the state’s livability. The LRT project addresses both contemporary and future commuting needs – investing for current and subsequent generations.

Systemic Problems with ART

ART, or trackless trams, face systemic problems. The ART operates much like a regular bus system, facing issues like traffic congestion and high accident risks. The average operating speed of on-ground ART is below 27km/h, while the elevated LRT in Kuala Lumpur runs at 40km/h. Despite ART’s modern technology, it doesn’t overcome longstanding traffic problems.

Dr. David Levinson, Professor of Transport at the University of Sydney, argues that calling ART a “trackless tram” is silly, as it is essentially an advanced bus operating in a dedicated bus lane. ART requires elevated roads separate from regular traffic to be effective. If constructing new roads for ART, conventional articulated buses could be more cost-effective, similar to enhancing the existing Sunway BRT system. Research by the Australasian Rail Association highlights ART as an “unproven technology” with “significant risks” as the system is locked to a single supplier, posing future maintenance difficulties.

Road Impact

ART impacts roads significantly. Advocates for ART seem to think it can be deployed on existing roads easily, praising its flexibility. However, research shows ART exerts a substantially greater load impact on roads, up to 221 times higher than usual, leading to road deformation. This necessitates specialized semi-flexible pavement, which also causes cracking.

The ART can critically damage regular roads, requiring extensive road work and ongoing maintenance. Deploying ART on the Penang Bridge or from Komtar to Penang International Airport without considering these factors could lead to increased traffic congestion and road closures for maintenance.

– Joshua Woo Sze Zeng is the State Assemblyman for Pulau Tikus, Penang, and a Director at the Penang Infrastructure Corporation, holds a Master’s in Sustainable Development Management from the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. His thesis analyzed cost forecasting methods for megaprojects, including London’s Crossrail, United Kingdom’s HS2 High-Speed Rail, and Denmark’s rail signaling program.

Penang undertakes RM10mil maintenance of high-risk slopes to ensure road safety

Property News/ 13 June 2024 No comments


Twelve high-risk slopes that were identified by the state Public Works Department (JKR) are currently undergoing maintenance works at a cost of RM10,002,000, Penang Infrastructure, Transport and Digital Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said.

The exco man, who held a media conference at one of the maintenance sites in Tanjong Bunga earlier on Saturday morning, said that the Works Ministry had approved the said allocation in February this year following the state government’s appeal to expedite the maintenance works at the high-risk slopes involving Federal and state roads.

It is understood that out of the 12 high-risk slopes, five were from the northeast district on the island, while the remaining seven were from the southwest district.

From the approved RM10,002,000, RM3,868,000 will be used to cover the expenses in the northeast district and the remaining RM6,134,000 in the southwest district.

The appointed contractor is Pintas Utama Sdn Bhd (PUSB).

“The main components include soil investigation, early site cleaning works and repairing the landslide-hit areas.

“Road users are advised to plan their trips accordingly when passing by the affected areas, and everyone needs to follow the instructions that have been set at the maintenance sites.

“Although no roads are closed during this maintenance period, the public is advised to follow the instructions to ensure the safety of all road users,” Zairil said during the media conference.

He expressed gratitude to Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi for approving the funds to carry out the necessary works to ensure the safety of the people of Penang.

Also present were the northeast district JKR engineer Mohd Khairul Nizam Mohd Fuzi, southwest district JKR engineer Wan Eika Tansukasih Che Daud and civil engineer (roads) Rohaizi Hashim.

Source: Buletin Mutiara