Ideas invited to make George Town vibrant

Property News/ 23 November 2011 Leave a comment

THE public can give their input on how to rejuvenate George Town in a survey to be carried out for the setting up of Asia’s first Business Improvement Districts (BIDS).

George Town Grants Programme director Dr Neil Khor (pic) said the George Town BIDS project was a public-private partnership where businesses work together with the local council to enhance existing local council services, ensure security and improve cleanliness in the BIDS area.

It brings together the main businesses around Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) including the Penang Development Corporation, Ivory Properties and Gama Departmental Store.

“The group also has the support from the Prangin Mall joint management body and Traders Hotel,” he said.

The survey will be held at Level Three, Komtar, this Friday and at the Komtar Walk on Saturday, from 10am to 6pm on both days.

Dr Khor said there were plans to turn Komtar and the Datuk Keramat area into a shopping district connecting all the shopping malls there with sidewalks being built.

“It will become a shopping district within walking distance from one mall to another, just like the Shibuya district in Tokyo,” he said during a press conference by state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow at his office yesterday.

Chow said if successful, the George Town BIDS would be the first in Asia.

Other examples include the New York Times Square and London’s South Bank.

“Komtar and its surrounding areas have a lot of potential and this must not go to waste, hence, the BIDS project,” he said, adding that all ideas and input to make the place more appealing are welcome.

SOURCE: The Star

  1. Na Keat
    November 23rd, 2011 at 20:00 | #1

    Sendiri cakap, sendiri syok, dan syok sendiri. How many projects out there in the past few years just say only but never happen, pls la, at least make those happen before talk on another one. Penang Central, Undersea Tunnel, Outter Ring Road, Monorail (LRT)…this and that, beside 2nd bridge and it’s airport limited renovation, Penang is totally stop in its ‘infrastruture’ developement, any new road build? Congestion here and there. KL’s infrastruture construction site is everywhere….

  2. Buyer
    November 25th, 2011 at 22:55 | #2

    “THE public can give their input on how to rejuvenate George Town in a
    survey to be carried out for the setting up of Asia’s first Business
    Improvement Districts (BIDS).”

    Many employers are employing cheap labours to maximise their profits.
    They tend to defend this strategy by saying locals are not interested in
    certain jobs.How much do these foreigners spend on buying clothings,
    footwears,electrical items,dining out,renovation of houses etc.?

    The normal working class people wages are stagnant due to the influx of
    foreigners taking over thus making locals less preferable by the employers
    as a result of cheap labours.Only do these employers realise that by
    employing locals the business market will improve and more vibrant. You
    hire locals people with higher salaries but they spend much more back in
    the market.

    The short term gains of entrepreneurs by hiring foreigners is a long term
    lost in business. Local businesses are not so vibrant as it used to be in the

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