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Old October 7th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #621
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RM200m hotel to open in Johor Baru soon



JOHOR BARU: The city is ready to welcome its first hotel since the Asian financial crisis with the opening of Grand Paragon Hotel here soon.

Construction of the RM200mil hotel was abandoned for seven years during the economic crisis and the project’s revival marked a new era for Johor tourism.

Among the highlights of the hotel are a first-of-its-kind sky lounge on the 27th floor where guests can relax and be entertained by a stunning view of the city’s skyline.

An infinity pool on the high-rise will give a panoramic experience for discerning guests, while the whole hotel will be equipped with wireless Internet access.

Honeymooners will be spoilt for choice with specially-designed private suites and balconies.


Ready for launch: Pang displaying some new cutlery at the hotel in Johor.

General manager Don Pang said the hotel was positioned as a four-star business hotel that aimed to eventually move to the five-star category.

He said the hotel planned to start with 100 rooms on its launch on Oct 23 and would open the remaining rooms according to the demand.

Among the services planned were a cold towel and a selection of local fruits for guests as they check in.

“Offering local fruits is a way to promote our culture,” said Pang, adding that the hotel would provide a children’s playroom on Level 11 for patrons to enjoy peace of mind.

Pang said there were plans to offer themed-wedding receptions and dinners for creative patrons seeking something extra.

“We specially selected the decor and cutlery to give our guests an enjoyable experience,” he said.

Pang said he was confident the hotel would do well despite the economic downturn.

“We are moving in line with the Iskandar Development Region project and hope to support the Government’s initiative by welcoming locals, tourists and investors to the city,” he said.

Pang added that the hotel hoped to tap on the spill-over effects of Integrated Resorts in Singapore.
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RM200m hotel to open in Johor Baru soon



JOHOR BARU: The city is ready to welcome its first hotel since the Asian financial crisis with the opening of Grand Paragon Hotel here soon.

Construction of the RM200mil hotel was abandoned for seven years during the economic crisis and the project’s revival marked a new era for Johor tourism.

Among the highlights of the hotel are a first-of-its-kind sky lounge on the 27th floor where guests can relax and be entertained by a stunning view of the city’s skyline.

An infinity pool on the high-rise will give a panoramic experience for discerning guests, while the whole hotel will be equipped with wireless Internet access.

Honeymooners will be spoilt for choice with specially-designed private suites and balconies.


Ready for launch: Pang displaying some new cutlery at the hotel in Johor.

General manager Don Pang said the hotel was positioned as a four-star business hotel that aimed to eventually move to the five-star category.

He said the hotel planned to start with 100 rooms on its launch on Oct 23 and would open the remaining rooms according to the demand.

Among the services planned were a cold towel and a selection of local fruits for guests as they check in.

“Offering local fruits is a way to promote our culture,” said Pang, adding that the hotel would provide a children’s playroom on Level 11 for patrons to enjoy peace of mind.

Pang said there were plans to offer themed-wedding receptions and dinners for creative patrons seeking something extra.

“We specially selected the decor and cutlery to give our guests an enjoyable experience,” he said.

Pang said he was confident the hotel would do well despite the economic downturn.

“We are moving in line with the Iskandar Development Region project and hope to support the Government’s initiative by welcoming locals, tourists and investors to the city,” he said.

Pang added that the hotel hoped to tap on the spill-over effects of Integrated Resorts in Singapore.

great to see this previously abandoned building got its revival
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Old October 7th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #623
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Clean-up scheme for three rivers in JB
Tuesday September 9, 2008
BY ZAZALI MUSA
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New project: Abdul Ghani (left) cutting the ribbon to launch the Berinda
Intelligent Territory while Berinda Group CEO Frank Goon Swee Kheong (right)
and Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee
chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil look on in Johor Baru recently.


JOHOR BARU: Sungai Tebrau riverine areas have the potential for development when the river is rehabilitated under a cleaning programme.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said that works to clean Sungai Tebrau, Sungai Skudai and Sungai Segget in Johor Baru district would start soon.

“The programme is a major undertaking in Iskandar Malaysia to improve rivers in south Johor,” he said.

Ghani was speaking at the recent launch of the Berinda Intelligent Territory in Taman Ponderosa by Berinda Group, a member of the Kuok Group.

He said the Government had allocated a huge sum to the state to clean the three rivers under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Sungai Tebrau starts in Senai and ends in the Tebrau Straits which stretches over 35km and covers 225 sq km of the Tebrau Basin.

Ghani said that flooding and polluted water were the two main problems of Sungai Skudai.

The frequently-flooded areas were the Tebrau industrial zone, Kampung Kangkar Tebrau, Kampung Paya Kenangan, Kempas and Plentong town.

He said the floods were caused by the low capacity of the river to accommodate the increasing volume of water, rubbish, tide and sediments.

“Squatters along Sungai Tebrau and Sungai Skudai will be relocated to housing areas to facilitate the clean-up,” said Ghani.

He said that Johor could learn from Singapore which had successfully cleaned Singapore River and Kallang River.

Ghani said the two rivers and the surrounding areas had been transformed into places for water sports, fishing and river cruises.

He said the river-cleaning programme would be successful only if the public cooperated by not throwing rubbish into the rivers.
The next posting would let you see why the squatter problem and dirty river system in JB are causing hardship to the people......
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May flood in downtown JB

Iskandar development or the new Venice of Malaysia?

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Traffic woes: What JBians have to go through all the time

We really need to improve our public transportation system.

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Severe Traffic Jam at the Causeway:
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On a lighter note, let's look at JB more....

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RM200m hotel to open in Johor Baru soon



JOHOR BARU: The city is ready to welcome its first hotel since the Asian financial crisis with the opening of Grand Paragon Hotel here soon.

Construction of the RM200mil hotel was abandoned for seven years during the economic crisis and the project’s revival marked a new era for Johor tourism.

Among the highlights of the hotel are a first-of-its-kind sky lounge on the 27th floor where guests can relax and be entertained by a stunning view of the city’s skyline.

An infinity pool on the high-rise will give a panoramic experience for discerning guests, while the whole hotel will be equipped with wireless Internet access.

Honeymooners will be spoilt for choice with specially-designed private suites and balconies.


Ready for launch: Pang displaying some new cutlery at the hotel in Johor.

General manager Don Pang said the hotel was positioned as a four-star business hotel that aimed to eventually move to the five-star category.

He said the hotel planned to start with 100 rooms on its launch on Oct 23 and would open the remaining rooms according to the demand.

Among the services planned were a cold towel and a selection of local fruits for guests as they check in.

“Offering local fruits is a way to promote our culture,” said Pang, adding that the hotel would provide a children’s playroom on Level 11 for patrons to enjoy peace of mind.

Pang said there were plans to offer themed-wedding receptions and dinners for creative patrons seeking something extra.

“We specially selected the decor and cutlery to give our guests an enjoyable experience,” he said.

Pang said he was confident the hotel would do well despite the economic downturn.

“We are moving in line with the Iskandar Development Region project and hope to support the Government’s initiative by welcoming locals, tourists and investors to the city,” he said.

Pang added that the hotel hoped to tap on the spill-over effects of Integrated Resorts in Singapore.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:51 AM   #629
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Buyers in a quandary over stalled project
Wednesday October 8, 2008
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JOHOR BARU: A businessman who purchased two shop units as an investment for his children never thought his decision could burden them.

Loh Ah Wah, who bought the RM1mil property in the abandoned Kemayan City Mall off Jalan Skudai here, said he had been repaying the loan since 1998.

“I took a 10-year loan but am still repaying it as I could not afford the RM4,000 monthly repayments,” he said.

“My children who have started working are helping me with the loan,” said the father of five.

Loh, who represents the Kemayan City Owners and Vendors Association as chairman, said that many investors had proposed to buy the building but the bank which owned it rejected the offers as too low.

“The latest investor offered 22% of the amount we paid per unit, the highest so far, but most of us were not satisfied.

“The sum is not even enough to cover the interest on our loans,” he said, adding that the amount was RM1.2bil for the whole building.

He said that only 40% of the units were sold, adding that 200 of the 600 buyers recently attended a briefing by the project’s liquidator.

Loh said the majority of the owners were against selling their units at the proposed price.

He added that 428 of the 551 retail units and 201 of the 1,026 office units were sold.

Loh pointed out that, according to the liquidator, the approval of 75% of the owners was needed for the transaction.

Another meeting between the liquidator and the buyers was expected to be fixed in a month.

“Construction of Kemayan City commenced at the end of 1994 and the project was completed in 2000 after three years of delay.

“Since then, the building was abandoned and vandalised. It is now a shelter for drug addicts,” he said.

Johor probably has the highest number of abandoned buildings in the country with no fewer than 15 projects shelved since the mid-90s.
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JOHOR BARU: Police have beefed up patrols around the abandoned Pacific Mall near Bukit Cagar after 32 escalators were reported stolen from the building.

Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Amer Awal acknowledged that police had received complaints from the public over the theft and investigations were underway.




Eyesore: The poor condition of the abandoned Pacific Mall.


“We are investigating the case from all angles and have stepped up patrols near the mall to prevent other similar cases,” he said, assuring the public that police did not take the matter lightly.

SAC II Amer appealed to residents living near the mall to report suspicious incidents to enable prompt police action.

He urged those with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.

The Star had earlier reported that the RM300mil building near Bukit Cagar was not only an eyesore, but also the scene of the bizarre theft.




Huge mess: Ceiling boards missing at the mall.


Owners who bought individual lots at the shopping centre were crying foul over their loss as they were servicing bank loans for the failed project.

The mall, located between Jalan Storey and Bukit Cagar, comprises a five-level podium and a 24-storey office tower.

The building, which was 90% complete, was abandoned in 1997 due to recession.

Meanwhile, Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Samad, who took up the case, said the buyers' plights had gained the attention of the state and the Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA).

“The state has asked IRDA to look into resolving the issue which involves the buyers and banks,” he said.




Stolen: Policemen from the Johor Baru (South) mobile patrol unit inspecting the remnants of an escalator, which was stripped of metal parts.
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eyesore: The abandoned Danga City Mall.



SECURITY RISK: The dilapidated Pacific Mall.



LEFT TO ROT: The Kemayan City project.

LAST Tuesday, I received an email from a reader who signed off as K.C. Chan.

Chan was upset that I had been painting a rosy picture of the city in this column.

“I hope you could highlight some of the ugly aspects of JB. By highlighting (the ugly) means you put pressure on the authorities to do their job,” the email said.

Chan had highlighted the Pacific Mall in the email.

“Every time I drive through the city, I can’t help but look at the almost stripped down Pacific Mall. Nobody seems to bother. What are our police doing? They are barely 500 metres away. Why let the drug addicts vandalise the property?” Chan wrote.

I hope Chan was satisfied when reading the Johor Buzz last week. Johor Baru member of parliament Datuk Shahrir Samad had promised to look into the abandoned Pacific Mall building project.

Construction on the RM300 million Pacific Mall, comprising a 24-storey office tower, shopping arcades as well as car park, began in 1995 but ran into problems and could not be completed.

Shahrir, the newly appointed domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, said he would discuss the matter with the Johor Baru City Council and other local authorities.

The Pacific Mall buyers’ committee had brought up several issues, chief among them the protection of buyers of commercial property.

“If you buy a house, you’d be compensated if it is abandoned, but what if the property is a shopping complex?” Shahrir said after visiting the building. He said he would forward the matter to a special committee headed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

Another issue Shahrir highlighted was the safety of the abandoned building and what should be done to prevent theft of equipment and fittings inside the building.

It is reassuring for buyers of property in the Pacific Mall and the public in and around the area that something is being done, but does it have to wait for a member of parliament to step in before the local council acts?

But the local council should not be looking at that particular eyesore only.

Two weeks ago, I highlighted a reader’s comment on abandoned buildings such as Best World (now known as Danga City Mall) and Kemayan City, which have been left to rot.

These abandoned projects need to be attended to as they pose safety and security concerns for the public.

Chua Teck Boon, in his second email to me last week, highlighted some of his concerns while on a working trip to the city two weeks ago.

“It was extraordinarily quiet with so many makan places empty and few people on the streets,” he said.

He attributed it to the “presence” of loan sharks in the city as their “hotline numbers” were pasted all over the city.

I’ve not gone back there since Hari Raya Puasa last year, so I am not able to verify Chua’s claim.

What I do know is that certain parts of the city are quiet at night. Another reader, Maimon Hussein, confirmed this in her email to me on Thursday.

Maimon tells me that the city has always been the same.

“Jalan Ibrahim where the Central Bookstore is located, has always been quiet at night. So is Kotaraya but if you were to go along Jalan Wong Ah Fook where the City Square is, there are more crowds there.”

Maimon also thinks there are more sellers than buyers in the city. Food stalls are mostly for Singaporeans who cross over the Causeway to dine.

“Locals like me will only go out at night once in a while for dinner or to treat my siblings from Kuala Lumpur, especially for mee rebus, or some entertainment. Otherwise, we will stay at home,” she added.

I know many people share Maimon’s concern now that Shahrir has moved to the federal capital to take up his cabinet posting.

“I hope he will not be too busy now that he is a minister and can still address our problems,” she added.

He may be away from the city but I do believe his eyes and ears are open to the woes of his constituents.

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BUKIT Cagar flats in Johor Baru, which is among the city's landmarks, will be torn down in less than a week.

Abandoned and dilapidated, it is now a place for scavengers and stray animals.



Last stand: The flats will be demolished on April 15 to make way for the
proposed Mass Rapid Transit project linking Johor Baru to Singapore.


This 17-storey structure, which is visible from across the causeway, will give way to the proposed Mass Rapid Transit project.

It was built in the 70s by the state to provide cheap housing for more than 2,000 households.

These households have been relocated to Taman Sri Stulang in Bakar Batu, approximately 3km away.

While the former residents are enjoying their new homes, trader Azmi Abdullah, 48, is still running a eatery near the flats with his wife Fadzillah Abdul Majid, 43.

The couple have been living here for a decade and are waiting to move to their new business premises.

Azmi said that food operators in Bukit Cagar were upset as they were yet to have proper sites to do business.

Today, instead of flat dwellers, scrap metal hunters frequent his stall for a meal or two.

Without water and electricity, Azmi has to close his shop earlier than before.

Idris Abdul, 60, who has been running a wiring service shop three doors away from Azmi's eatery, was uncertain about his future.



Not long to go: One of the four blocks which
have been vacant for the past two months.


“How do they expect me to keep my things in such a small place, and this is my livelihood,” he lamented.

Another former resident, Sulaiman Samad, 34, who was at Azmi’s shop, said he preferred his new home compared to his Bukit Cagar flat which was very cramped.

However, the legal clerk at a firm in City Square Tower said that not everything was rosy at the new place because structural defects had started to show.

“The flats also leak, especially during rains, and water comes in through the windows as we are not allowed to install awnings by the developer,” said Sulaiman.

Those who were relocated should be allowed to purchase their homes instead of renting them, he added.



Taking stock: Scavengers loading metal
pipes salvaged from the flats into a lorry.


“I hope that Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Samad can do something to improve the living standards of those starting a new life at Bakar Batu,” he said.
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Truly shameful!! Still glad that the Bukit Chagar flats have finally been torn down. The government should buy up the abandoned buildings, or encourage the private sector to do so, and breathe new life into them. They should also invest more in public transport and other infrastructure in the city proper. And stop wasting public funds to create Nusajaya to feed its own ego!
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Proposed MRT project? how long do we have to wait until an MRT system is in place?..you know the new public library in Jalan Yahya Awal was supposed to be ready in 2003, but it has only recently been opened..shameful..
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Truly shameful!! Still glad that the Bukit Chagar flats have finally been torn down. The government should buy up the abandoned buildings, or encourage the private sector to do so, and breathe new life into them. They should also invest more in public transport and other infrastructure in the city proper. And stop wasting public funds to create Nusajaya to feed its own ego!
Add another urban sprawl will just increase commuting time, adding petrol costs and mostly likely, new highways all over instead of transit lines...
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Add another urban sprawl will just increase commuting time, adding petrol costs and mostly likely, new highways all over instead of transit lines...
Exactly! Creating Nusajaya and "abandoning" Johor Bahru does not make any economic sense at all, and is very much politically-motivated. IDR should be centred around JB as the city has not even achieved proper growth yet. If this is the approach to tap Singapore's resources, I am sure IDR will fail miserably.
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Developer sets sights on JB
The Star, 7 August 2008
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Tanah Sutera wants to make its project the central hub of Skudai

JOHOR BARU: Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd wants to position its Taman Sutera Utama development as the “central hub of Skudai”.

General manager Steven Shum said the development on a 48.562ha site would offer business, entertainment and education facilities.

“Being located along the Johor Baru-Skudai-Senai Growth Corridor within Iskandar Malaysia augurs well for its future growth,’’ he told StarBiz.

Shum said the catalyst of the hub would the RM75mil Sutera Mall, Johor Baru’s latest retail complex that would be opened tomorrow.

The three-storey mall with 27,870sq m floor area offers a wide range of tenant mix from 250 outlets.

Shum said it was well linked to matured and developing residential estates – Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Sutera, Mutiara Rini, Bandar Selesa Jaya, Nusa Bestari, Bukit Indah, Taman Impian Emas, Tampoi, Kempas and Senai.

He said these estates had a population of 500,000 , which offered a ready market.

“The mall is easily accessible from the city centre via Jalan Skudai, Perling Highway, North-South Expressway and Singapore by the Second Link crossing,” he said.

He said the company would be launching the RM60mil Entertainment City project year next to the mall next year.

The proposed project includes cinemas, a bowling alley and food court with office and hotel blocks.

“The retail sector in Johor Baru has the potential to grow but it is still largely untapped unlike Kuala Lumpur and Singapore,” said Shum, adding one way to grow the sector was for the state government to have more friendly policies.

Tanah Sutera Development is a consortium of local and Singapore-based companies, namely Permodalan Nasional Bhd, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, CapitaLand, Keppel Land and Lee Rubber Co (Pte) Ltd.
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JOHOR BARU: KSL Holdings Bhd is targeting the foreign market for its latest project, D’Esplanade Residence @ KSL City.

Executive director Ku Hwa Seng said for a start it would appoint an international property agent based in Singapore to attract residents and expatriates in the republic.

“We are also targeting Malaysian professionals working and residing in Singapore,” Ku told journalists yesterday during a sneak preview of the project which will be officially launched this weekend.


D’Esplanade Residence will comprise a four-storey retail podium block, two 20-storey hotel blocks with 1,000 rooms, and two 33-storey apartment towers with 346 units when fully completed in about three years.

The 33-storey Glass Tower I apartment block will comprise 242 units with built-up areas of 1,000 to 10,000 sq ft.

The price ranges from RM500,000 to RM10mil for a penthouse unit.

“Pricing for the Glass Tower I units should be attractive to Singaporeans as a similar unit there could easily cost S$1mil to S$3mil,” said Ku.

The RM500mil KSL City is located within the matured Century Gardens, opposite the Holiday Plaza shopping complex and near Jalan Datuk Suleiman.

It is about 2km from the Johor Baru central business district and the new Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex.

Glass Tower II, with 104 units, would be launched in six months and the price of each unit would start from RM1mil, Ku said, adding that after Singapore, the company would promote the project to investors in Dubai and Hong Kong.
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NICE PICS at all

really , i did not imagine Jb , is beautiful
as i only pass through it , on my way to s`pore

thanxxxxxxxx

i must visit it soon
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