Special master plan to develop southwest district

balik-pulau-southwestThe state government will ensure that development in each district is enjoyed by the people, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Chow said for that purpose, he suggested that a special master plan for each district be developed especially the southwest district.

According to him, the state government does not have a special master plan for the southwest district over the past 10 years, which is seen as somewhat marginalised.

“Perhaps the time has come that the state government together with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) as the local authority, the southwest district and land office and all agencies start a development masterplan here (southwest district).


“This way alone, we can realise the potential of the southwest district that can be further developed for the well-being of the local people,” he said during a special visit to the southwest district and land office near Balik Pulau recently.

Chow, who is also Tanjong MP and Padang Kota assemblyman, said he will follow-up at the state level by highlighting relevant proposals to the state executive council for discussion and review.

“Not only that, the state government is also planning to implement a state development plan for the next five to 10 years,” he added.

Source: TheStar.com.my


  1. liulian
    June 25th, 2018 at 14:32 | #1

    Pls build a big water pump to pump water up the durian hills so that if the weather is too dry, durian trees can still be watered to produce good quality durians.

  2. observer
    June 25th, 2018 at 16:42 | #2

    Another big development? Has the state government consulted the NGOs before hand?

  3. liulian
    June 25th, 2018 at 17:07 | #3


    No, not big development, just a “special” master plan. Balik pulau being disconnected from the rest of penang island cannot be included in the general penang masterplan, so just created something for the local residents to keep them happy. A master durian irrigation system will be well liked by the locals.

  4. Gabriel
    June 26th, 2018 at 09:51 | #4

    Penangites on the mainland is being forgotten? What is the master plan for the mainland?

  5. Ding
    June 26th, 2018 at 11:25 | #5

    Yeah, a very good question to ask, especially to Penang Forum which has a member owning quite a number of (heritage) houses on the island.

  6. musangking
    June 26th, 2018 at 14:54 | #6


    What do you have in mind in terms of master plan for mainland? More roads???? More buses??

  7. Gabriel
    June 27th, 2018 at 10:28 | #7

    Here are a few items that come into my mind.

    1. Public transportation in the form of lrt/mrt that can connect us on mainland to these areas –> penang island, kulim industrial area, batu kawan industrial areas, sungai petani industrial areas, as well as main towns on the mainland.
    2. Cycling lanes.
    3. Bypass/road enlargement at these areas –> Batu Kawan to BM junction, Seberang Jaya to BKE roundabout, Jalan Baru to 1st bridge

  8. musangking
    June 27th, 2018 at 13:21 | #8


    (1) Raja Uda – Sg Nyiur – Bukit Mertajam – Permatang Tinggi (Monorail)
    – Extension (BRT) northwards to Kepala Batas. This is already in PTMP. You can’t have everything exactly your way. Just have to follow the gov’s way.
    (2) You want to cycle from where to where? So many big lorries on the road in mainland, dangerous lah.
    (3)Already in PTMP –> Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE IC), Juru IC. Missing Links and Road Upgrading (Permatang Pasir- Perda, Bukit Minyak). Again, you can’t have everything exactly your way. Just have to follow the gov’s way.

    So to say that mainland has been forgotten, that’s NOT TRUE.

  9. Gabriel
    June 29th, 2018 at 16:21 | #9

    Thank you for highlighting up point 1 and 3. Hope that in the future, any discussion on the master plan will focus on both island and the mainland. Hope that one will not start first before the other.

    On the cycling lane, having dedicated lanes as those on the island, will encourage cyclist like me on the mainland to keep on pedalling. We are afraid of big lorries and what not, but by having dedicated cycling lanes as in the island, will be a great boon for us cyclist on the mainland.

  10. musangking
    June 29th, 2018 at 18:39 | #10


    In life, you will never feel happy if you have this kiasu mentality of “if island has it, mainland must have it”. Island and mainland are 2 different locations with different attributes, and whatever planned or being built, it must serve it’s purpose. It will be a failure to build luxury homes in an area where most people can only afford low cost homes, or build low cost homes in an affluent neighborhood where most buyers are ready to pay at least 1 million for a condo. A mismatced development will result in under-utilization, therefore a waste of public money.

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