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Old October 4th, 2007, 03:08 PM   #41
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Old October 11th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #42
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Old October 17th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #43
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State Govt Monitoring Public Input And Feedback On PGCC
October 17, 2007 17:04 PM

PENANG, Oct 17 (Bernama) --The state government is monitoring input and feedback from the public on the proposed Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project at Batu Gantung before making a decision.

"All input including objections, complaints and proposals from the public will be gathered, seriously considered and evaluated," Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon told reporters here Wednesday.

The main public complaints on the PGCC concerned traffic congestion, population density and the environmental aspects.

He said the plan by PGCC developer Abad Naluri, a subsidiary of Equine Capital Berhad was being considered by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and had yet to be approved.

"We don't know whether the PGCC plan proposed by the developer will be accepted in total or approved with modifications. Whatever it is, we will continue to monitor the situation," he said when commenting on public objections and proposals for the project.

Dr Koh believed the developer would continue to hold exhibitions and dialogue sessions to inform the public about the project which would take 20 years to complete.

He urged the public to view the project from the economic angle as it would provide job opportunities, adding that the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) which would pass through the PGCC would help disperse traffic.

"There will always be objections to development projects particularly from those directly affected but it will be accepted once they see the benefit.

"Residents were also against the Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) and PORR projects but given time, they will realise that they are needed to generate the economy and disperse traffic."

Dr Koh said the state government was not involved in developing PGCC in terms of land and financing as it was undertaken by the private sector.

On the open tender for the PORR project, he said the Finance Ministry was expected to make a decision next year adding the federal and state governments only provided input on the road alignment.

"The PORR project which has been delayed 10 years will be built using the privatisation method by the federal government and hopefully can be completed in four years," he added.

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Old October 19th, 2007, 04:17 AM   #44
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More feedback on PGCC
Thursday October 18, 2007
BY KOAY SHIANN HUAH


PENANG plans to hold more exhibi- tions, briefings and dialogues to get feedback from the people on the proposed RM25mil Penang Global City Centre (PGCC).

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the state government wanted more feedback from the public before implementing the mega project.

Exhibitions, briefings and dialogues would help gather the required feedback, he said.

Rejecting suggestions by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for more public hearing on PGCC, Dr Koh said public hearing sessions involved legal process and were not something that could be held many times.

“But the government still wants feedback from the public via seminars, exhibitions and dialogues,” he told reporters after meeting members of Penang Basketball Association in his office yesterday.

He was commenting on whether the state government would agree to hold more public hearing sessions as suggested by the NGOs recently.

PGCC will be developed on a 105.2ha site where the Penang Turf Club is currently located.

It will have among others, shopping complexes, two five-star hotels, commercial and residential properties, a state-of-the-art cultural centre and a 10.5ha park.

Dr Koh said it was important for the authorities to get public views as it would help sort out teething problems before implementing the project.

“We are very careful when it comes to approving a mega project like this.

“ Although the state government welcomes development projects, it would also consider the possible impact on the state and people,” he said.

The relevant authorities would decide if there was a need to modify or make alterations to the proposal after getting the feedback, he said.

On Sunday, State Local Government committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said there would not be any public hearing on the proposed project.

On the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR), Dr Koh said the traffic flow in Penang would improve once PORR was built.

The PORR was expected to be completed in four years, he said, adding that he did not have the details as the Economic Planning Unit was in charge of the project.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 05:54 PM   #45
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Northern Corridor Economic Region: Great projects, but they need to be fine-tuned further
By : W.C.M., Rawang


AS an ex-Penangite, I am delighted and impressed with the proposed infrastructural projects for Penang under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) master plan, particularly the Second Penang Bridge, the Penang Global City Centre and Penang Sentral.

These projects, together with the others, will transform Penang into a modern, vibrant metropolis.

However, the Penang monorail may fail to solve the island’s transportation woes due to its limited capacity and slow speed, as demonstrated by Kuala Lumpur’s monorail. A more credible alternative would be the LRT system, or better still, an MRT (mass rapid transit) system like Singapore’s.

There is no doubt that all these projects will be implemented successfully in view of the private sector’s participation and the government’s political will. That will be the easy part.

The tough part will be how to maintain these facilities effectively and efficiently, given the "Third World mentality" of Malaysians that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has warned against so often.
A classic example is the Komtar complex, which used to be the icon of Penang’s urban renewal strategy but has since become an embarrassment to both the state government and Penangites.

Hence, it is imperative that Penang takes a quantum leap in improving its maintenance culture and management so that these projects will truly be Penang’s pride in the years ahead.

The proposed RM2 billion Penang Sentral project in Butterworth will play a vital role as the integrated transportation and logistics hub of the NCER.

Thousands of people are expected to pass through this gateway to the island daily and thousands more will patronise its shopping mall, hotels and other facilities. In short, this project will transform the face of Butterworth.

This project is a unique and bold attempt at town planning. I have yet to come across such a massive project to be built right next to two large petroleum depots.

The big question is: "How safe will Penang Sentral be?"

True, there has never been any major accident at these installations. However, we can never rule out the possibility of such a scenario. In such an eventuality, Penang Sentral, too, may be affected.

Given this potential scenario, I strongly urge the government and the two foreign oil companies concerned to relocate the depots.

This vacant site could then be jointly developed into a modern, vibrant commercial hub, which Butterworth sorely needs. It will also complement Penang Sentral’s role as the infrastructural icon on the mainland of Penang and the gateway to the NCER.
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Old October 28th, 2007, 05:34 PM   #46
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Five eco-projects under PGCC fund
Sunday October 28, 2007


PENANG: Five eco-projects will be implemented in Penang's five districts under a special RM100,000 fund allocated by the developer of the RM25bil Penang Global City Centre (PGCC).

Equine Capital executive chairman Datuk Patrick Lim said individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were welcome to submit eco-projects for their respective districts to their panel of environment experts.

“The panel will then choose a suitable eco-project for implementation. We will implement the eco-project, which could cost up to RM20,000, depending on the size,” he said after the launch of the PGCC exhibition by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Effendi Norwawi at Queensbay Mall.

Equine Capital holds 25% stake in Abad Naluri, which is the developer of PGCC.

Lim said Abad Naluri was planning an international green technology symposium in December.

He added that Abad Naluri would continue to provide information to the public via the month-long exhibition, seminars, and competitions on PGCC, a project slated under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) development programme.

“The public can access the PGCC website www.pgcc.com.my to provide feedback on the project,” he said.

Lim said the government’s endorsement of the PGCC was a clear signal of the strong support.

“We are required to show even more commitment and responsibility, as the project is now under the scrutiny of three levels of the government – the local authorities, the state and the federal government,” he said.

On Abad Naluri’s obligation to build affordable housing for the PGCC project, Lim said the plan to build 1,334 units of low-medium cost housing on a 5.2ha site in Jalan Padang Tembak was awaiting feedback from the local authorities.

“Besides developing low-medium cost housing, we also plan to refurbish the existing flats in Jalan Padang Tembak,” he said.

Located on the 104-ha Penang Turf Club site, the PGCC project is planned to accommodate international hotels, a state-of-the-art Penang performing arts centre, and a mini-philharmonic centre.

The PGCC is expected to create about 30,000 jobs, of which 5,000 jobs will be generated during the construction phase.

The development will be carried out over an 18-year period. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project will be held next year.
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Old October 28th, 2007, 05:35 PM   #47
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Youth associations backing project
Sunday October 28, 2007


PENANG: Several associations have expressed support for the RM25bil Penang Global City Centre project, saying it would bring positive benefits not only to Penang but also the country.

Malaysian National Youth Association (MNYA) vice-president Chris Wong said the project, which was applying for MSC-status, would create high-and-medium skilled jobs for youths in the country.

“It is expected to attract world-class information technology companies that would require the services of skilled manpower, which the youth in the country can provide,” he said after the launch of the PGCC exhibition.

He added that there were 10,000 members in the MNYA, who would support the PGCC project.

Malaysian Indian Youth Council (MIYC, Penang Chapter) chairman Dr Allappah Raja said the PGCC project would place Penang on the world map. Raja turned up with 35 MIYC members to support the project.

Ang Swee Loon, 20, said he came to the exhibition to find out more about the PGCC project.

“The PGCC looks like the kind of project that Penang needs to propel it into the 21st century,” he added.

Ang also entered the PGCC slogan contest, which offers a RM29,888 Segway personal transporter as the grand prize.

Joseph Lee said he was impressed with the PGCC project, as it was designed to be one of the world’s first carbon zero cities.

Segway Malaysia Sdn Bhd director Kenneth Fung said about 1,000 entries had been submitted for the contest.

Segway Malaysia, the distributor of Segway personal transporter in the country, is the sponsor of the grand prize.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 10:40 AM   #48
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State to soar higher with projects
Sunday November 18, 2007
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PENANG: The proposed Penang Global City Centre and Seri Tanjung Pinang projects will enhance Penang's city status, according to an economic analyst.

UOB KayHian analyst Yee Nei Hui said Penang had the potential to soar to greater heights with such high-impact projects.

“With high-impact projects and vast potential under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) project, the state is poised to move to another level,” Yee said when presenting a paper on Penang high on the foreign fund managers' radar during the “NCER: Unleashing Penang's Potentials” seminar at the E & O Hotel here yesterday.

Yee said the seafront Seri Tanjung Pinang project in Tanjung Tokong that is being developed by E & O Property Development Bhd has proven to be a catalyst for development in the state.

Unlike the southern economic corridor initiative, Iskandar Development Region (IDR), which started from ground zero, NCER has a stronger base, the analyst noted.

The high-impact projects would attract more investors from Kuala Lumpur in view of the strong demand for residential projects in Penang.

“The price of houses will go up further, giving market players more room,” she said.
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PGCC will benefit Penangites
Sunday November 18, 2007
By NIK KHUSAIRI IBRAHIM
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Sounding board: Participants attending
the PGCC briefing in Penang on Saturday.


PENANG: The RM25bil Penang Global City Centre project is a holistic initiative for sustainable growth that will benefit all Penangites.

The project is not just to spur economic growth, explained Equine Capital Bhd executive chairman Datuk Patrick Lim.

“The role of the developer goes beyond just the construction aspect. We are looking into future growth in all aspects.

“That is why we have engaged the best technical people, local and foreign, to find scientific and methodological solutions.

“We are not only looking at the issues brought up by NGOs, but we are going deeper into many other aspects,” he told The Star on the sidelines of the “NCER: Unleashing Penang's Potentials” at a hotel here yesterday.

Some 300 participants representing various NGOs and interest groups took part.

“We are looking at the broader view, with input from many experts participating in the seminar,” he added.

Among the topics discussed were the economy, research, traffic, public transportation and sustaining mobility. Lim said the seminar was not organised to gain popularity.

“We are here for an open discussion and accountability. There will be more such seminars and public forums in the future,” he said.

The ecological impact of the project would be discussed in subsequent seminars, he added.

“We are committed to Penang. We are prepared to share with everyone. This is our corporate social responsibility,” he said.

The PGCC project that would take up 105.2ha of the current Penang Turf Club, will include the construction of international hotels and a mini-philharmonic centre.

It is expected to create about 30,000 jobs, of which 5,000 would be generated during the construction phase. The entire project is expected to take 18 years.

The project is undertaken by Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd, an associate company of Equine Capital Bhd.
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State short of schemes for REIT companies
Tuesday November 20, 2007
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PENANG: Penang is short of high-value property schemes for real estate investment trust (REIT) companies to invest in.

Of the 87 properties held by the 13 REIT companies in the country, only two were in Penang, Regroup Associates Sdn Bhd executive chairman Chris Boyd told StarBiz at the sidelines of the NCER: Seizing The Opportunities symposium.

“The Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project, which has an estimated gross sales value of RM25bil, therefore, provides new investment opportunities for REIT companies to come to Penang,” he said.

He said presently the bulk of Penang’s financial and commercial properties were still located in the heritage districts of George Town.

These areas were very congested, making access inconvenient, he said.

“PGCC provides a suitable site for future and existing commercial and financial properties buildings to be developed and relocated.

“The heritage districts can then be used for the development of heritage and tourism projects. There are many cities in China that have followed this pattern of development,” he said.

On the impact of PGCC on property prices of Penang, Boyd said over the next five years the property prices in the prime locations of the island would eventually hit RM500 per sq ft from the current RM250 per sq ft.“
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Asymptote Architecture announces the design of Penang Global City Center

Asymptote’s design for the PGCC complex is centered on the idea of creating a new and powerful image for the city of Penang and the new initatives associated with the development of the Northern Corridor of Malaysia. The design achieves its elegance and stature through the simultaneous embrace of natural landscapes and contemporary urbanism. The PGCC will become a vital new precinct that complements and enhances the unique characteristics that typify Penang as a remarkable island metropolis. The design of the iconic towers in particular draws inspiration from not only the lushness and drama of the surrounding mountains and seascapes, but also from the rich and diverse cultural heritage that makes up the Malaysian nation and Penang in particular. The forms of the two towers are comprised of both horizontal and vertical elements: sculpted horizontal components move across the plinth, rise up and transform into articulated vertical structures. Set against the backdrop of the nature reserve of Penang Hill, the twisting, glass façades of the towers “perform” various surface effects—reflecting, refracting and distorting views of Penang, the surrounding landscape and the seascape beyond. The vast, cascading plinth, which functions as a public plaza with multiple gathering spaces, are venues for the performing arts center, convention center and various facilities for residential, office and urban life.

Source : worldarchitecturenews
Asymptote to Spice Up Penang's Skyline
November 27, 2007
By Rebecca Ward


During the 18th century, spice attracted both traders and pirates to Penang, an island harbor for ships on the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia. Now, government officials are hoping that 21st-century vanguard architecture and luxurious beachfront resorts will once again draw international visitors to the island—this time, investors and tourists. To aid in the effort, municipal authorities have tapped Asymptote Architecture to design a $7 billion, 256-acre mixed-use complex called Penang Global City Center (PGCC).

Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid, principals of the New York–based architecture firm, unveiled their design for the nearly 11-million-square-foot PGCC development in September. Their project takes the form of two sinuous, 60-story steel-and-glass-clad towers that reach skyward from a stagelike plinth. The towers will house luxury residential units and five-star hotels; the plinth will function as a public plaza and contain retail, a performing arts center, and a convention center.

“(Our project) is a harmonic assemblage of distinct historic and cultural references set against contemporary dynamics of fluidity, transformation, and flux,” Rashid says. Asymptote drew on Penang’s heritage of Chinese, Indian, and Arabian influences to create fenestration patterns inspired by arabesque motifs. “The towers allude to Asian mythical symbols and Islamic minarets,” he adds.

But the PGCC will also have a high-tech, sustainable sensibility: The project aims to be carbon-neutral. A central mechanical system will utilize trigeneration, including wind turbines and a thin-film photovoltaic facade.

Penang’s government expects to begin construction in 2008 and finish by 2012, but it is facing criticism about the site’s master plan, overseen by the Parisian firm Atelier Seraji. Opponents say that the PGCC fails to provide enough affordable housing and that it will create traffic congestion.

The sinuous towers of Penang Global City Center, designed by Asymptote, will rise from a stage-like plinth.

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Penang Global City Centre valued at RM25bil


HAD it taken off, the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project would have been located on the site of the Penang Turf Club in Batu Kawan, Penang.

The development was slated to be a zero-carbon city, where polution will be minimal, with an estimated gross development value of RM25bil.

The 104ha plot where the PGCC would be built on was to be made up of 538,196 sq ft consisting two five-star hotels, a Penang performing arts centre, a retail complex, two office towers, residential properties, a world-class meeting and convention centre, an observatory tower, parking space, monorail transportation, as well as a public arena.

In addition, the technology and ecology-based city was expected to include a 10.4ha public park that will be linked to Penang Botanical Gardens and Municipal Youth Park.

PGCC was designed by New York-based Asymptote Architecture, appointed by Abad Naluri.
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