AFFORDABLE: Bukit Mertajam / Iconic Maison Sdn. Bhd.

Bukit Mertajam/ 2 October 2022 No comments


Yet another proposed affordable housing development in Bukit Mertajam. Undertaken by Iconic Maison Sdn. Bhd, the development will be located within at Alam, near the junction of Jalan Rozhan and Jalan Alam. It is only about 1km away from AEON Mall, with easy access to an abundance of essential amenities within mere minutes drive.

This development will feature a 37-storey condominium offering 751 affordable housing units. When completed, there will be 7 levels of car parking podium with facilities located at level 8.

The project is still pending approval. More details to be available upon official launch.


Project Name : (to be confirmed)
Location : Alma, Bukit Mertajam
Property Type : Affordable housing
Tenure: (to be confirmed)
Land Area: (to be confirmed)
Built-up Size: (to be confirmed)
Total Units : 751
Indicative Price : RM250,000 onwards (affordable housing price guide)
Developer : Iconic Maison Sdn. Bhd.

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Revised George Town Unesco World Heritage Site SAP ready for public feedback

Property News/ 1 October 2022 No comments


The revised Special Area Plan (SAP) for George Town Unesco World Heritage Site, now up for public viewing, will ensure the township is sustainable.

The plan included a review of land use trends and proposals for appropriate development without affecting the value of the area, said Nazri Abdullah.

The deputy director (planning) of the Environment Department and Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) was speaking at a public participation programme on the SAP at Komtar, Penang.

There are proposals for upgrading sidewalks and seaside walkways as well as providing an underground parking facility with 150 bays to cater to the huge number of visitors to the enclave.

Other plans included in the SAP are renovating Dewan Sri Pinang and City Hall so they can host more cultural events, besides removing existing encroachments and restoring old routes.

The 262ha enclave designated under Unesco encompasses 5,285 buildings, with the core zone spanning 111ha with 2,569 buildings.

The buffer zone comprises 150ha with 2,716 buildings.

The George Town Unesco World Heritage Site SAP (Replacement) is a detailed proposal plan and has been translated into two Final Draft reports (Volume I: Management Strategies And Actions and Volume II: Develop-ment Control).

It was prepared to replace the George Town World Heritage Site SAP, which was gazetted on Sept 1, 2016.

The SAP is reviewed every five years. It was due for review in 2021.

The draft needs to be made public in accordance with Section 13 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976.

This will give stakeholders an opportunity to submit suggestions or objections to the planning proposals contained in the report.

The public participation programme for the draft of the SAP replacement will be held until Oct 28 at three locations.

They are Level 3 (in front of the PTG counter) and PLANMalaysia office, Level 57, both in Komtar, as well as the foyer of the Seberang Prai City Council building in Bukit Mertajam from 8am to 4pm on weekdays.

Source: TheStar.com.my


Swedish firm SIBS opens second plant in Penang

Property News/ 30 September 2022 No comments

The world-leading Sweden-based construction tech company Scandinavian Industrialised Building Systems (SIBS) has invested over RM200 million to set up its second manufacturing facility at the Penang Science Park North in Simpang Ampat.

The new plant is located near its first at the Penang Science Park North.

SIBS chief executive officer and co-founder Erik Thomaeus said the 46,450sq m new plant, which is located on a 15-acre site, is a larger facility than the first.

“It is aimed at boosting production of our modular construction materials.

“The plan from the beginning was to build a second factory after the first one, fully established in 2018, was producing at full capacity.

“We reached our maximum production capacity at the end of 2019. Hence, we have launched our plan and after a series of negotiations with the Penang government, we finally purchased the second piece of land at the beginning of 2020 for the second factory.

“This expansion project is anticipated to increase the production lines to approximately four times more than the current production lines. It is driven by the huge demand for SIBS production with an investment worth RM500 million in a few phases over the next five years.

“The project is expected to provide an additional 1,200 employment opportunities to the locals and the opportunity to deliver to more markets and product categories,” Thomaeus said in his speech before state Entrepreneurial Development, Trade and Industry Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain officiated the grand opening ceremony of the new manufacturing facility today.

Also present were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Malaysia Dr Joachim Bergstrom and SIBS Malaysia managing director Ong Song Ping.

Abdul Halim, in his speech, congratulated SIBS for the outstanding milestone.

“The state government is pleased to see SIBS deepening its roots in the state through a major expansion.

“This project will definitely bring in investment, strengthen the socio-economy, increase job creation as well as provide opportunities for local talents to upskill.

“Such investment also will stimulate local businesses, thus contributing significantly to the economy of Penang by maintaining and strengthening its local supply chains.

“Thus, I would like to congratulate SIBS on its new facility plant.

“This will also create more engineering experts in Industrialised Building System (IBS) for Penang.

“I am glad that the company once again has chosen Penang for the IBS expansion,” he said.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


Penang REHDA expects property market performance to improve in 2023

Property News/ 30 September 2022 No comments /中文版


The Penang Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) hopes that the performance of the country’s real estate market for 2023 will improve compared to previous years.

Penang REHDA chairman Khoo Teck Chong said he expects the real estate market, especially the residential property subsector in Penang, to show positive momentum in line with the expected economic recovery.


“And coupled with the spike in the price of building materials, inflation rate and the shortage of labor has affected the overall cost and performance of the market.

“Personally, I see that this year’s performance based on the data of the first quarter of this year (Q1 2022; released by the National Property Information Center (NAPIC) Property Valuation and Service Department), is improving compared to 2021.

“I believe market transactions have also increased both in number and value when compared to the year during the pandemic and after the pandemic until now entering the fourth quarter of 2022 (Q4 2022),” he said.

According to Teck Chong, apart from ensuring that housing unit supply is in line with demand, attention should also be paid to the situation of unsold or overhang housing units.

“As for the overhang data, we need to scrutinize it better and thoroughly so that the issue of mismatch can be contained and unsold residential units can be reduced.

“I have also brought this issue to the attention of the Penang State Government in ensuring every decision is appropriate and does not contribute to the slowdown of the stock in the future,” he explained who also understands the constraints faced at the state level, especially in helping the developers today.

He added that in addition to incentives in assisting developers and ensuring that housing units can be sold, the State Government and interested parties in the housing subsector can also consider several other financial incentives, for example.

“For example, giving a large incentive for a year in 2023 (to developers) by reducing the development charges and the amount of contribution between 50 to 70 percent, will give a boost to the overall performance of the market (housing subsector).

“And at the federal level, perhaps the Federal Government can look at the exemption of levy imposed (on the total value of construction work) involving construction materials, where the price of construction materials has increased significantly, especially after the pandemic.

Earlier at the launch of the First Half of 2022 Property Market Report at INSPEN in Selangor, it was noted that the property market recorded over 188,000 transactions worth RM84.40 billion in the first half of this year (H1 2022) with the residential subsector accounting for over 60% of all transactions and almost 54% of transacted value.

This represents an increase of over 30 percent in terms of number (34.5 percent) and value (36.1 percent) compared to the same period last year (2021).

The number of subsector transactions also showed an upward movement where the residential land subsector recorded year-on-year growth at 26.3 percent; followed by commercial (45.4 percent); industrial (49.5 percent); agriculture (57.4 percent) and development land (35.0 percent). The transaction value also moves along with the growth of the subsector where the residential subsector dominates the entire property market with a contribution of 61.8 percent.

In fact, according to the report, there were 116,178 transactions worth RM45.62 billion recorded for the residential subsector, an increase of 26.3 percent in number and 32.2 percent in value year-on-year. Four key states recorded higher numbers, namely Penang with a 37.8% increase; Kuala Lumpur (28.4%); Johor (20.2%) and Selangor (16.0%).

Source: Buletin Mutiara



Amaanee Residences

Seberang Jaya/ 29 September 2022 No comments


Amaanee Residences, an upcoming Wakaf development by Uda Land within Taman Wakaf Seetee Aisah 1 in Seberang Jaya. It is strategically located next to North-South Expressway, just a few minutes’ drive from Penang Bridge and Butterworth Outer Ring Road. Amenities nearby include the KPJ Hospital, Seberang Jaya General Hospital and various schools. Nearby shopping areas include Tesco Extra, AEON Big, Giant Hypermarket, Megamall Penang and the Sunway Carnival Mall.

This development will see the construction of a 40-storey condominium, featuring 422 residential units with a built-up size of 950sq.ft. and 1,100sq.ft. There will be four different design types.

Project Name : Amaanee Residence
Location : Seberang Jaya
Property Type : Condominium
Tenure: Waqf
Land Area: (to be confirmed)
Built-up Size: 950sq.ft. & 1,100sq.ft.
Total Units : 422
Indicative Price: RM299,000 onwards
Developer : UDA Land


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