Butterworth coastal reclamation to proceed

September 30th, 2018 Leave a comment 中文版


The coastal landscape in north Butterworth, between the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) and Jalan Tunku Putra, Teluk Air Tawar, is set to change with the construction of a new waterfront within the next few years.

This follows a supplementary agreement inked between the Penang government and Rayston Consortium (Butterworth) Sdn Bhd to reclaim 650 hectares of the land there.

Today’s signing will push Rayston to start the long-delayed reclamation works since the first agreement was signed way back in 1999.

The company has also been given six months to submit planning approval, including obtaining the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said once reclaimed, the whole area would be developed into a mixed development project, which is set to boost the economy of mainland Penang.

“We are excited with the prospect of the creation of the new waterfront.

“In the economic sense, this massive project will boost the economy of Butterworth and its surrounding areas, especially in terms of logistics and transportation, as the site will be where the undersea project sits, if it proceeds as planned,” he told newsmen here today.

Present were State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus and Rayston director Datuk Ronnie Lim.

Chow said housing, particularly affordable homes, would be among the component in the mixed-development project, in line with the state’s government housing policy.

Meanwhile, Lim estimated the overall reclamation project to be tagged at RM2 billion.

He said the project had been long delayed owing to the relocation of some 1,700 squatters along the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) alignment, Bagan Ajam and its surrondings.

“Since we have settled the squatters, we can proceed with the project.

“And subject to discussion with the Penang government, this will be a mixed-development project,” he said, without revealing specific details.

Under the supplementary agreement, new clauses were added to the 1999 agreement, in which Rayston would hand over 35 per cent of the reclaimed land, about 90.31ha, to the state government, instead of only 5 five per cent or 12.92ha, within six months of the commencement of work.

Source: NST Online


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  1. Samasama
    September 30th, 2018 at 09:30 | #1

    Stop all the silly reclamations, Penang govt is killing our environment!

  2. Rick
    September 30th, 2018 at 19:14 | #2

    No more…greener. Another capitalist project.. Same like old shit BN government.

  3. Jonathan T
    September 30th, 2018 at 19:29 | #3

    Please dont bulltalk about the green as its extension of the beach. The green can always be replanted on the reclaim land. Progress means sacrifice for the betterment of Penangnites and the future generation.

  4. Lc
    September 30th, 2018 at 23:46 | #4

    Really can boost the economic by reclaiming the beach?

  5. wyleong
    October 1st, 2018 at 08:30 | #5

    Samasama :
    Stop all the silly reclamations, Penang govt is killing our environment!

    The place didn’t have Green area… How to kill “environment”

  6. Oh nice
    October 1st, 2018 at 09:28 | #6

    the houses you are staying in , the Condo you are living in right now is occupying precious ‘green’ land, so please move out and go stay in the cave…

    you are keen on property investment? that is very sinful you know…you are encouraging rampant property development that is destroying our environment..so please stop reading penangpropertytalk..

  7. Internation
    October 1st, 2018 at 09:46 | #7

    @Oh nice
    Those NGOs are having political agenda behind one ! They seemed to protest whatever projects the Penang govt is doing and keep spreading many false info to deceive the public. In fact many of the Penang projects are for the future blueprints and can only start implementing in 8 to 10 years time. In which time, just how many of them can “survive on” I bet ?!

    There’s not even one day they can stop Kakachaochao !?

  8. Oh nice
    October 1st, 2018 at 11:04 | #8

    These NGOs mostly made up of rich second generation, retiree and no need to work a day and probably own many properties too. Economy prosperity of the state is the least of their concern.

  9. allen
    October 1st, 2018 at 12:03 | #9

    Is the cost per square meter of reclaimed land cheaper than non reclaimed land? Doesn’t SPU have a HUGE neglected land mass? The earlier BORR had already destroyed all public access to the only Seberang Prai beach front. Now this. I think the state gov….needs to come up clean with the public on what these developers are standing to gain, AND is this driven by them or the government?

  10. Oh nice
    October 1st, 2018 at 13:01 | #10

    don’t be naive lar..which developer out there is not for profit.
    The butterworth “beach front” if there is one is in such sorry state that it badly need a complete makeover…it is exactly the water front location that provide immense opportunity for tourism, commerce and even residential, any inland land mass in SPU that have such appeal ??

  11. rambo
    October 1st, 2018 at 17:42 | #11

    @Oh nice

    Yes, it is “naive” to think that developers out there are not for profit. Developers want to make money, banks want to make money, TNB wants to make money, Maxis wants to make money, MBI wants to make money, JJPTR wants to make money. But there must be a limit to “making money” that is within the boundary of good social responsibility. You can’t let capitalism run without control.

  12. allen
    October 2nd, 2018 at 08:19 | #12

    @Oh nice
    You’re obviously missing my point. Read carefully next time.
    The point is – the beach has SINCE been destroyed by developers and government planning. We dont need a repeat in this mistake. You makeover is good- but that better be in the plan before i blindly support this.
    And to add – if you missed the CMs statement, here it is again “Chow said housing, particularly affordable homes, would be among the component in the mixed-development project, in line with the state’s government housing policy” My point = AFFORDABLE HOUSING here? When there is so much land in SP.

  13. Galaxy
    October 2nd, 2018 at 14:40 | #13

    But SP is under Kedah state, Penang government has no say on that, unless the Kedah government is so kind to build more affordable house in Sungai Petani.

  14. allen
    October 2nd, 2018 at 14:58 | #14

    Seberang Perai. SPU, SPT, SPS. [utara, tengah & selatan districts] Not Sungai Petani.

  15. Oh nice
    October 2nd, 2018 at 19:00 | #15

    any hint that the developer is going to make obscene profit ? the consumer can always avoid buying or invest in the projects , the choice is yours.

  16. Frank
    October 9th, 2018 at 13:22 | #16


  17. Oh nice
    October 10th, 2018 at 12:26 | #17

    now people started to see the risk faces by the developer and not just the profit they made. having said that, I am sure they would have factored in these uncertainty. they have access to a lot more data and info then we do. rather then lamenting about blocked sea view, surely they will know how to leverage on this massive reclamation project. it could well be a win win situation.

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