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Marisa Heah

Halt Balik Pulau projects, urges MP

Yusmadi Yusoff , Member of Parliament (MP) for Balik Pulau, urged the Penang state government to halt all projects in the district due to environmental and social concerns. Yusmadi said that the projects would only benefit a few people, and expressed his concern that many would become squatt ers aft er their land had been purchased by private entities.

Among the projects scheduled in Balik Pulau are residential and commercial properties, some of which were approved by the previous state government


Radiation testing in Penang

The Malaysian Nuclear Agency is conducting a series of radio frequency non-ionising radiation tests at 52 sites in Penang in an effort to examine the non-ionising radiation levels of various telecommunications transmitters in the state. This will determine if emissions are within acceptable safety levels. The tests began on July 16.


RM350mil golf course fizzles

The rm350mil golf course in Batu Kawan, planned since 2008, has officially died due to a lack of funding. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the Penang Development Corporation (pdc) and a South Korean company, quietly lapsed when the latter could not come up with the funding. Lim said however that the state suff ered no losses as a result, and new proposals will be called.


World Micro opens Asian hub in Penang

Electronics distributor World Micro has formally agreed to open its Asian distribution hub in Penang. The US-based company will conduct training and counterfeit awareness programmes to help shut down the global supply chain in counterfeit electronic parts and support the local economy. The agreement was sealed with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (ncia) at a signing in Los Angeles.


Penang to host RM2.2bil solar panel facility

In another sign of Penang’s strong investment potential, technology company Robert Bosch GmbH will build an rm2.2bil solar panel manufacturing facility in Batu Kawan to meet growing demands for solar energy.

The facility will be built on an 80-acre site, with construction set to begin at the end of the year. Plant operations are set to begin in 2013. The facility is expected to create 2,000 new jobs in Penang, or an increase of 40% of Bosch’s total current workforce.


Daniel Lee

57 kindergartens and 20 nursery centres not registered in Penang

The State Social Welfare Department (JKM) has identifi ed that 57 out of the 95 kindergartens and 20 out of the 68 child nurseries operating in the state are unregistered. Zulkifli Ismail, director of the jkm is convinced that there are more unregistered kindergartens and child nurseries operating in the state that had yet to be identified. He warned that action will be taken against those centres that fail to register which includes temporary closure of the premises.


RM100 for newborns mulled

The Penang state government is considering a proposal to award newborns rm100 each, beginning this year. The award, if approved, will only be given to newborns who have at least one parent as a Penang voter and if total household income does not exceed rm4,000. The plan, however, has been criticised by Barisan Nasional, claiming that it is an attempt to buy votes. The award is expected to cost about rm10mil a year.


Killer dogs put to sleep

After months of protracted hearings, appeals and publicity, the two pitbulls responsible for the fatal mauling of an Irish tourist at an organic farm earlier this year were fi nally put to sleep. The pitbulls, belonging to organic farmers Joseph Teoh Boon Aun and Teoh Bee Eng were put down on July 15, aft er the farmers reached an agreement with the Penang Municipal Council at the High Court. The dogs were put down via lethal injection at the Veterinary Services Department, and were later buried on the farm. All four of the Teohs’ unlicensed pitbulls were originally ordered to be put down, but following a successful appeal and a consent judgement at the High Court, the two dogs that were not responsible for the mauling were freed, under the assurance that they will be kept away from the public. The dogs were involved in the mauling of Maurice Sullivan on January 9, when Sullivan visited the farm to take photographs. Along with the Teohs, several animal rights activists were also present at the hearing.


Killer dogs put to sleep

After months of protracted hearings, appeals and publicity, the two pitbulls responsible for the fatal mauling of an Irish tourist at an organic farm earlier this year were fi nally put to sleep. The pitbulls, belonging to organic farmers Joseph Teoh Boon Aun and Teoh Bee Eng were put down on July 15, aft er the farmers reached an agreement with the Penang Municipal Council at the High Court. The dogs were put down via lethal injection at the Veterinary Services Department, and were later buried on the farm. All four of the Teohs’ unlicensed pitbulls were originally ordered to be put down, but following a successful appeal and a consent judgement at the High Court, the two dogs that were not responsible for the mauling were freed, under the assurance that they will be kept away from the public. The dogs were involved in the mauling of Maurice Sullivan on January 9, when Sullivan visited the farm to take photographs. Along with the Teohs, several animal rights activists were also present at the hearing.


Going without sight and sound

The annual Walk for Sight and Sound 2011 at the Penang Municipal Park was a big success, att racting a crowd of 2,500 people. Participants were blindfolded and earplugged and were guided by friends and family to the Penang Botanic Gardens, 3.8km away, to allow them to bett er understand how the blind and deaf live. The event raised some rm100,000, which will be donated to the St Nicholas Home and the Penang Deaf Association.


Kwong Wah Yit Poh

Penang Port dredging to resume

An rm351mil project to deepen the Penang Port’s north channel is back on schedule, and is expected to be completed within the next one-anda- half years. The dredging project, upon completion, will deepen the channel to 14.5 metres, as opposed to its original depth of 11 metres. The project is expected to enhance the port’s competitiveness, and is in line with the port’s vision of becoming a logistics chain integrator in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (imt-gt) and the Bay of Bengal.


Fire causes major traffic jam at Penang Bridge

A cable on the Penang Bridge caught fire, causing a traffi c jam that trapped hundreds of vehicles on the bridge for over two hours. The fire occurred on July 11, just before 6pm, which is the bridge’s peak period. Lanes were reopened at 7.45pm.


Penang exempted from solid waste management privatisation

Penang, Perak and Selangor have found themselves exempted from the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act, which would have required the states to privatise their solid waste management. Penang executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow was informed of the decision in July by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.


RM25mil plant scheduled for completion by 2012

Semiconductor packaging specialist Inari is currently building its fourth plant in Penang, costing rm25mil, which is scheduled for completion by March 2012. Inari expects revenue to increase by 25–30% following the plant’s completion. The company recently made its debut on the ace Market on July 19.


Schlumberger pours RM100mil into Penang

Fortune 500 company Schlumberger Ltd is investing rm100mil into Penang to build a new manufacturing facility on the island. The new facility, the WesternGeco Penang Product Centre, will be set up to support and manufacture marine and land seismic equipment. The facility is expected to employ about 400 people by the end of 2012.


Ulbrich opens stainless steel plant

Ulbrich Asia Metals Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced the opening of a new precision coil centre in Penang, specialising in light gauge stainless steel and special metals strips. The plant, located in Bukit Minyak, will off er 170 types of stainless steel and special metals strips, much of which the company says is not readily available in Asia.


Kwong Wah Yit Poh

Haze hits Penang again

Penang is once again blanketed by thick haze, dropping visibility to as low as four to six kilometres at one point in July. The haze continued to worsen over the month, with the Air Pollution Index (api) climbing to as high as 96, just short of the 101 “unhealthy” mark. A Department of Environment (doe) official attributed the haze to a variety of factors, including open burning, prolonged hot and dry weather and south-westerly winds carrying smoke from hot spots in Sumatra.




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