Bandar Cassia on track to become a flourishing township in 15 years


The Bandar Cassia development plan, covering more than 6,000 acres, has not been affected by the epidemic. It is gradually progressing as planned and expects to bring a very strategic and modern city to Penang.

The Chief Executive Officer of Penang Development Corporation (PDC), Datuk Mohd. Bazid Abd. Kahar pointed out this in an online interview with “Buletin Mutiara” on Monday morning.

He said that Bandar Cassia is the third new town to emerge after the PDC developed Bayan Baru and Seberang Jaya in 1975 and 1976 respectively.

“This is a very long-term project, which is expected to take 15 years to complete. Once completed, it will be one of the most talked-about township development in Southeast Asia.”

An integrated and self-contained township

He said that unlike Bayan Baru and Seberang Jaya, Bandar Cassia will be built into an Eco-City, and gather development and facilities in various fields, including enterprises, education, medical care, housing, public spaces, and so on.

“We also want to make Bandar Cassia into a medical and digital technology hub in Penang.”

He pointed out that to be a medical hub, private hospitals, government hospitals and medical centers of international standards will be built in Batu Kawan.

“We are also planning to set up 5G infrastructure to ensure that this new town can meet the needs of today’s technology.”

Infrastructure to meet future needs

He went on to say that the various infrastructures of Bandar Cassia have taken into consideration future needs. For example, road construction will be more spacious, and there will be no road widening projects in the future that will cause inconvenience to residents.

“In any case, Penang is on the right track of development, and we will do our best to complete the Bandar Cassia development plan.”

There are more than 3000 acres of undeveloped land, but many developments have already been planned on the land.

Anticipating the future population of the area to reach 250,000, the goal is to build 45,000 to 50,000 housing units in Bandar Cassia.

For those who are looking to buy a property, Mohd Bakit encouraged them to choose Bandar Cassia for its strategic location and abundance of amenities. It will the best place to gather for work, eat, drink, and invest.

He gave an example. In the early days of the development of Bayan Baru, many people were reluctant to buy property there, thinking that it was a distance from George Town. Nowadays, housing prices in Bayan  Baru have skyrocketed and the area is now fully developed.

All started from Tun Lim era

Mohd Bakit revealed that as early as 1989, the former Penang Chief Minister, Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu, had already planned to focus on the development of Seberang Perai. At that time, Tun Lim instructed the PDC to set up a special task force to investigate which area in Seberang Perai could be the focus of future development. He was one of the members of the working group at that time.

He said that after some studies and analysis done by the team, they identified Batu Kawan as a potential development focus. Batu Kawan was just a large palm oil plantation and scattered kampungs.

After a survey, it was found that the local people insisted on keeping the name Batu Kawan. Therefore, after naming the Bandar Cassia City for the development plan, the words “Batu Kawan” were still retained.

Changing business model to stimulate the local economy

He pointed out that the PDC used to focus on the construction of affordable housing, but in recent years it has changed its business model. While continuing to provide affordable housing, it is also building other types of housing plans.

He said that in addition to catering to the existing market demand, this move will also consolidate a better financial structure to provide more affordable housing in the future to benefit more Penangites.

“And we are also actively doing more corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.”

He emphasized that although the mission of the PDC is to develop and build housing projects, its true mission is to stimulate local economy, thrive, and strive for better welfare for the people.

Business as usual during the epidemic

Despite the pandemic, Mohd Bakit said the development of Bandar Cassia has not been neglected. All the development preparation plans are still in progress, but how it was done is different now. For example, the form of face-to-face discussions and meetings has been changed to an online form.

PDC is taking advantage of this period of the epidemic to re-assess the budget of the entire development plan and at the same time adjusting the pace of the development plan. However, the overall plan is not affected by the epidemic.

Source: Buletin Mutiara

  1. Internation
    June 29th, 2021 at 13:36 | #1

    The place there needs to plant more green to absorb the imminent carbon emission “soon” to come.
    I think all types of Neem trees are very ideal since it’s easy to maintain and (very) beneficial to environment, no harm do more reseach on it.

  2. Choo Eng
    June 29th, 2021 at 18:51 | #2

    just leave the mangroves and batu kawan hill there, maintain those wetlands, more than enough trees.

  3. simple question
    July 1st, 2021 at 10:02 | #3

    Property market dying in Batu Kawan, no occupancy, look at the Shops @ Aspen.. it has been so long, and take a look at Village Park has became dead city

  4. deltaman
    July 1st, 2021 at 15:14 | #4

    @simple question
    Well, this is a new township, it will take some time to get things going. Those who bought commercial and residential properties here for investment will be loosing money now and for many years to come, as the price they paid has been forwardly priced at least 10 years!!! Those who bought for own stay, well, they will get sick of Ikea and Design Village very soon!! :)))))

  5. Dome
    July 1st, 2021 at 22:05 | #5

    Island Penangnites won’t want Batu Kawan to be successful as it will treaten the self ego where island is better than mainland

  6. tan32
    July 1st, 2021 at 23:08 | #6

    “For example, road construction will be more spacious, and there will be no road widening projects in the future that will cause inconvenience to residents.”

    what a joke, with main roads of dual carriageway without proper bicycle and pedestrian walkways. No proper reserved space for utilities expansion, using road surfaces as worksites.

  7. Eric
    July 2nd, 2021 at 11:20 | #7

    Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say about you and that’s life. Time is a universal regressor, time will prove everything!

  8. Pepper
    July 2nd, 2021 at 11:41 | #8

    The pandemic has placed a major dampener on development plans. New house owners and occupants haven’t been able to do any renovations or even to move in or start any businesses. All constructions have come to a standstill. They can’t even cross the bridge. What more can I say? What you see now is not going to be the norm. Only when a sizeable population is vaccinated will we be able to see Bandar Casia flourish.

  9. Eric
    July 2nd, 2021 at 11:58 | #9

    U are absolutely right!

  10. masili
    July 2nd, 2021 at 12:11 | #10

    On the other hand, whatever you do, good or bad, you would also normally get your fair share of positivity from the supporters, which could ultimately proven to be bad. In other words, what you said is actually meaningless.

  11. JJ POP
    July 5th, 2021 at 10:13 | #11

    Dome :
    Island Penangnites won’t want Batu Kawan to be successful as it will treaten the self ego where island is better than mainland

    Well Said

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