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Old March 17th, 2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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SUNGAI PETANI (سوڠاي ڤتاني) | Kedah (Kuala Muda)

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Sungai Petani (SP), is a town in the state of Kedah, in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Sungai Petani is the second largest town in Kedah after Alor Star. The name Sungai Petani has its roots from sungai meaning river and petani meaning farmer in the Malay language. Sungai Petani in full means "Farmer's River", due to the huge concentration of paddy fields and farmers in the state.

Politics
Sungai Petani is designated as a parliamentary area in its own right, with an electorate of 83,851 people. It is currently represented by Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Economy
Sungai Petani has a high and medium sized business community. Small and medium industry also play a part in the local economy, producing numerous products, from semiconductors to television tubes and from textile to wood products. Sungai Petani is also a booming business center with many large malls, franchise stores and business enclaves.

Transportation


The town is accessible through the Federal Route 1 and also the North-South Expressway. Sungai Petani has two highway exits while the Federal Route I runs across the city. Apart from that, it also has a train station and an express bus hub that caters to any destination within Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

Sungai Petani also has an efficient local bus service, with air-conditioned red coaches.

The nearest airport is the Penang International Airport on Penang Island. Another airport is Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Alor Star (the state capital of Kedah).

Services and Amenities

Health
Sungai Petani has various health amenities such as the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, a USD150 million hospital and various private medical facilities. It is one of the most high-tech hospitals in Malaysia with Total Hospital Information System. The Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital was handed over by the Public Works Department to the Health Ministry on July 23 2006. It is a 498-bed hospital which provides secondary and tertiary specialist services.

The hospital provides laparoscopic gynaecology operations. It is a recognized training center for gynaecolgists in this field. It is also a center for thoracic surgery for the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. This hospital is a training hospital for a local private medical college, Asian Institute of Medical,Science and Technology.

There are also three private hospitals in Sungai Petani; Metro Specialist Hospital, Strand Specialist Hospital and Hospital Pantai Utara.

Education

Sungai Petani also hosts a large number of reputable schools Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ibrahim, Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Mohamad Jiwa, and Sekolah Menengah Sin Min (新民国中) are some of the top schools in the state. SRJK (T) Saraswathi is also one of the premier Tamil primary schools in Kedah.

The AIMST University formerly called the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology was situated in Amanjaya. Since April 2007 it is operated from the futuristic Semeling campus. The university offers a variety of professional courses, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, materials technology, engineering, and computer science/information technology. It is also among the few private institutions in the country to offer full-time courses in medicine and dentistry. UiTM is also located at Merbok, Sg. Petani.

Located ten minutes from Sungai Petani town, Institut Perguruan Sultan Halim is an institute set up by the government to provide teaching courses for trainee teachers.

One of the country's fastest growing private university, the Open University Malaysia's(OUM) Regional Learning Center for the state of Kedah and Perlis is also located in Sungai Petani.

Tourism


Clock Tower
The major landmark of Sungai Petani is a clocktower located on the main street, Jalan Ibrahim. The clock tower was built in 1936. It is 12.1 m in height. It is topped by a dome-shaped structure. The tower was a present from Lim Lean Teng to George V and Queen Mary to commemorate the Silver Jubilee.

Parks and Gardens
Sungai Petani is also known for its green lungs and attractions. In the heart of the town is the famous Jubli Perak (Silver Jubilee) public park and also Bird Park. There are more than 5 golf courses around Sungai Petani as well as various streams and rivers. Many lakes dot the land and have been attracting fishing fans for years.

Gunung Jerai
In the northern part of the town, about 30 kilometres away, is the famous Gunung Jerai. This is the tallest mountain in the northern region and is surrounded by a vast jungle. It is a navigational point for ships entering the Straits of Malacca from the north because it is visible from far. There is an 18 km trekking route to the top of the mountain through a winding road. Atop the Jerai is a resort and the mountain boasts some tall and cooling waterfalls. Historically, the Jerai mountain served as the navigational point for traders from the east and west. There was a Hindu temple on top of the mountain that was built nearly a thousand years ago during the Bujang Valley Hindu Civilization. It was consequently destroyed by the Malaysian authorities to make way for development.

The Carnivall
The Carnivall is a newly opened water park in Sungai Petani within the grounds of Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Resort. Costing 20 million ringgit, the Carnivall is the first ever water park in Kedah. It was opened on 25 December 2006.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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thank you skyscraperboy..
SP is not too far away from my place now..hehe, just nice SP, Congrats!
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thank you skyscraperboy..
SP is not too far away from my place now..hehe, just nice SP, Congrats!
Welcome.
Where is ur place??
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Old March 17th, 2008, 01:16 PM   #5
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Oh, love Park Avenue. Stayed there for two nights. I always love the HSBC nuilding, very British-colonial era style.
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Nice pics! What is the 5th one? The night shot with lights on a facade?
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Actually it looks more developed than Alor Star. Which is bigger?
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Nice pics! What is the 5th one? The night shot with lights on a facade?
Thanks. Some of the pics I took from flickr.

The 5th one?? That is Dataran ...... (aiyo forget the name).
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Actually it looks more developed than Alor Star. Which is bigger?
SP looks more developed than AS?? Wow thanks.

Which one is bigger?? Hurm, I can't judge that. Sowi.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 06:21 AM   #10
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SP looks more developed than AS?? Wow thanks.

Which one is bigger?? Hurm, I can't judge that. Sowi.
Yeah i think so judging by those commercial complexes and I guess with SP's location closer to Penang it helps.
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maksu i dok kat SP bandar puteri jaya. SP mmg lagi best dari AS!! congrats!
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Thanks Nazrey.
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It was raining, so the pics are not so gr8. Sowi guys!









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Hahaha...really nice this HSBC building.

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Hmmm....wat kind of project? Mixed-development, shoplots or mall???
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I think it is mixed-development.
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Is it the one near the toll exit? The one near Amanjaya?
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Yupz, near SP North Toll exit.
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Paramount to launch RM800m worth of properties by early 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Paramount Corp Bhd plans to launch the first phase of its residential properties worth RM800 million in gross development value (GDV) in Amanjaya, Sungai Petani by the first quarter of next year.

“Like our award winning Bandar Laguna Merbok (BLM) development, we will apply the best and the latest development concepts and designs as those in the Klang Valley,” said group managing director and chief executive Datuk Teo Chiang Quan.

The 208-hectare mid-range residential property project, which will include double-storey link houses priced around RM200,000 to RM300,000 each, was part of its remaining 323.76 hectares of landbank in Peninsular Malaysia, with an estimated GDV of RM2 billion.

“We also plan to develop the parcel of leasehold industrial land located in Section 13 (Petaling Jaya) into blocks of good grade office, related industries and showroom buildings to generate good rental yields and for sale,” he told reporters after Paramount’s AGM and here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Teo said Paramount, a property and education group, aimed to acquire more land this year, especially in high-growth locations such as the Klang Valley to sustain its property business.

Paramount was also eyeing to expand its property business overseas within the next two to three years, targeting assets in countries like Vietnam and India, he added.

“We are lowly geared, we are strong with cash balance and we plan to use a combination of internal resource and external borrowings for our expansion,” he said. As at March 31, 2008 (1Q08), the group had total cash and bank balances of RM81.64 million.

Teo added that Paramount was optimistic about finalising some acquisitions this year, hinting at places in the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) and the Klang Valley. The firm’s property development division contributed RM56.97 million or almost 60% to the group’s revenue of RM96.02 in 1Q08 .
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