The Star-North 21/1/2005
Penang Government has approved an application by the developer of Bandar
Cassia project in Batu Kawan to build an additional 338 units of
five-storey low-cost flats.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the developer, Equine Capital
Berhad, had submitted the layout plan to the Seberang Prai Municipal
Council for approval.
He said this was the first project in the state where five-storey low-cost
flats would be equipped with lift facilities.
He also said the completion of the project would help the state meet the
demand for low-cost units.
“The State Housing Department will screen all applications to ensure that
only eligible applicants are approved,” said Dr Koh, adding that
construction of the low-cost units would be completed in 18 months.
Abdul Rahman signing a plaque to mark the opening of the Equine home
gallery.With him are Majimor and Dr Koh.
Dr Koh was speaking at the Chinese New Year open house
hosted by the developer at its site office, Equine home gallery, in Batu
Also present were Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his
consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff and Equine executive chairman Datuk
Patrick Lim Soo Kit.
Dr Koh said the state had received 1,930 applications for the 330 low-cost
units and 2,950 applications for 259 low-medium cost units that were being
constructed in the Bandar Cassia township.
On the proposed second link project between the mainland and island, Dr
Koh said the government had not scraped it but would reschedule it with an
innovative financial package.
He refused to elaborate on the matter.
The Federal Government had announcement last year that the proposed second
link project connecting Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the
island had been scraped due to high cost as it was expected to cost more
than RM2.8 billion.