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Old September 15th, 2014, 06:42 AM   #41
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Kinna disappointed that they only want to build houses on that land though. If it were port related I would totally behind this.

Not sure rich people want a luxury home between tuas and tg pelepas though with the port, industrial area, coal power plant and oil terminal
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Old September 21st, 2014, 07:33 PM   #42
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Published: Sunday September 21, 2014 MYT 9:24:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 21, 2014 MYT 9:26:32 PM
Forest City project dialogue with villagers turns into commotion

BY KATHLEEN ANN KILI


JOHOR BARU: Tempers flared at a meeting between developers and residents on Sunday over a giant development project in Gelang Patah, about 25km from here, that is touted to be larger than Pangkor Island.

The floor erupted in shouts when a consultant for the 2,000ha Forest City project told them that in a study carried out among the affected people, including residents of nearby villages, 58.3% had accepted the development.

Resident Azman Abdul Rahman, 49, asked the panel to disclose the actual number of residents who were involved in the study, while others alleged that none of them had seen or heard of the survey.

Teacher Hanifi Bilos, 47, demanded that the panel set another date for thorough discussions on the project and solutions to the villagers’ problems.

The panel, comprising the project’s detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) consultants and board members of the project, disregarded the request and proceeded with the session and attempted to answer questions from those remaining in the Gelang Patah multi-purpose hall after about half of the crowd walked out.

The Forest City project, being developed by China’s Country Garden and Johor state company Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor, involves the development of a 2,000ha man-made island, which will be bigger than Pangkor.

It was earlier reported that the reclamation work for the project had been temporarily halted pending the submission of a DEIA by the developer and approval from the Department of Environment.

At a press conference after the meeting, Country Garden project director Datuk Zamani Kasim said he did not expect many “red flags” because the developers had held earlier discussions with some 20 village representatives.

“We are planning to have another dicussion with the residents next Saturday to tackle their concerns and to assure them that their input will be taken into consideration,” he said, adding that the project was still in the preliminary stages.
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Natio...ct-johor-baru/
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 04:25 AM   #43
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Forest City to be split into four islands
22 Sept 2014



GELANG PATAH: The controversial Forest City project will now be split into four islands instead of one single island.
The biggest island measures 1,005hectares while the smallest measures 58ha.

It is split into four islands following a hydrology study which saw the need to have more water channels to allow water flow along the Johor Straits.

Reclamation of the Forest City project stopped on June 16 this year following a diplomatic note from Singapore which asked for more details about the project and its impact on the Johor Straits.

This is in view that the project is near to the Malaysia-Singapore boundary and involves lots of coastal reclamation.

The briefing today detailed about the amount of coastal sand off Telok Ramunia meant for the project.


Reclamation for the biggest island alone needs about 118,155,717 cubic metres.


The sand are carried by barges to the Forest City site through the southern part of Singapore.

More: http://www.nst.com.my/node/35705
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Old September 28th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #44
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Johor residents object to Forest City at dialogue

By Chen Shaua Fui of theedgemalaysia.com
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:23



Around 350 people turned up at the public dialogue to voice their objections to the Forest City project. Photo by Chu Juck Seng
JOHOR BARU: Around 350 people turned up at a public dialogue yesterday to object to the massive Forest City project in Johor.

The objections were expressed at times in a heated fashion that shocked representatives of the developer, Country Garden Pacific View Sdn Bhd (CGPV), a joint venture (JV) between China’s Country Garden Holdings Ltd and Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd.

Esplanade’s main shareholder, according to Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) records, is the Sultan of Johor. However, the project promoter has been saying that Esplanade is owned by state agency Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ).

The same happened at yesterday’s dialogue where the presentation stated that KPRJ has a 40% stake via Esplanade.

KPRJ executive vice-chairman Datuk Md Othman , however, admitted to The Edge Financial Daily at the dialogue that the sultan has a stake in Esplanade but insisted KPRJ also has a 20% stake in the company.

According to CCM documents, however, KPRJ does not currently have any shares in Esplanade. It only has 80,000 redeemable convertible preference shares (RCPS) which if converted to ordinary Esplanade shares will give it a 6.8% stake in CGPV. The Sultan of Johor currently has a 99.9% stake in Esplanade and 255,000 RCPS which when converted will give him an effective stake of 21.9% in CGPV.

The main arguments against the project by those present at yesterday’s dialogue were that locals cannot afford the properties and the livelihoods of fishermen will be affected.

“The fate of fishermen is affected by those who sit in hotels eating tuna and salmon. I want to know how this project benefits the Malays who will not be able to afford the properties,” says a fisherman who identified himself as Hasnuar.

Another man who identified himself as Fakrul Annuar from the Umno Gelang Patah division said the division objects to the project.

“We object to the project as it affects the development in Gelang Patah,” he said.

The Forest City development will entail reclamation of over 4,000 acres (1,619ha) of land in the Strait of Johor near the Second Link to Singapore and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP). It is to be developed over 30 years and will have a gross development value of RM600 billion and a potential profit of RM290 billion.

Critics said it would wreak environmental havoc, block the growth of the PTP and threaten the development of Iskandar Malaysia as it is not part of the master plan. Singapore has also expressed concerns that Forest City will impact its shoreline.

On the sidelines of the dialogue, CGPV project director Datuk Zamani Kassim said a second dialogue will be held on Saturday while the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report will be ready by the end of the month for public viewing. The public will then have 30 days to give their feedback.

Zamani said they opted for land reclamation as it would have been more difficult and more expensive to buy 4,000 acres of existing land.

He also said that they would ensure that Forest City will be developed and integrated into the overall plan of Iskandar Malaysia.

The state department of environment (DoE) had in January given the go-ahead for Forest City to proceed but in June the federal DoE issued a stop-work order pending further considerations, including submission of an EIA report.


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 22, 2014.

http://www.theedgeproperty.com/news-a-views/13059.html

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Old September 28th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #45
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The Forest City may need to renamed as Port City given so close proximity to PTP.
Do the government sure that this project will not effect PTP?
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Old September 29th, 2014, 12:18 PM   #47
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Old September 29th, 2014, 02:37 PM   #48
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Reclamation project by Benalec Holdings for oil terminal will give the most impact to shipping lane to PTP.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #49
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I really don't see any benefits it'll bring to gelang petah... There are so much undeveloped lands over there and I see no reason why they need to reclaim more lands..

Why not just developed the massive area of undeveloped land??

Reclaiming the land will also alter the ecosystem there.. I find the swampy area can be developed as a nature reserve, similar to the ones seen in langkawi, where tourism can be developed as it's so close to singapore... Chalets and resorts can be built as world class there...

Instead of reclaiming more lands the developers and authorities shud develop and value add the existing developed and undeveloped land to make it more sustainable for generations to come...
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Old September 29th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #50
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Do the government sure that this project will not effect PTP?


The Johor state government is widely believed to have seized the land given to Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn. Bhd. to make way for the multi billion Forest City property development project.The decision was made due to Johor's position as the land owner and this will surely derail Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) master plan.
It is understood that the reclamation works will take up 50 percent of land already earmarked for PTP's future expansion plans which include the construction of wharves and additional berths.
PTP now owns a total of 14 wharves and without the land that was originally earmarked for PTP, the port will not be able to grow as anticipated.
The Forest City land reclamation works will surely narrow the shipping routes leading to the PTP and also could increase the sedimentation and eventually raise the height of seabed leading to PTP.

The port would have problems in expanding as the Forest City project is lapping over the concession area of PTP. This may result in loss of competitiveness.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #51
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Forest City project is insignificant compared to PTP's contribution to Johor.

PTP is able to generate economic wealth and provide jobs to locals while the Forest City only offers luxury residences only to the wealth.
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