Friday, 6 March 2015

(The Star) Bina Puri wins contract to build RM129mil spa resort in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: Construction services provider, Bina Puri Holdings Bhd has bagged a contract worth RM128.5mil to construct a spa resort complex called Movenpick Spa Resort in Kuala Terengganu.

This project was awarded by Success Diar Sdn Bhd and would be undertaken by the Bina Puri Holdings Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, Bina Puri Sdn Bhd.

(The Star) Food court in Bangsar continues to deteriorate

Bangsar Selera food court, (commonly known as Jolly Green Giant), is in a sorry state as its owner’s plan to upgrade the place has been rejected by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
There are hardly any traders occupying the over 70 lots and the food court is in a dilapidated condition with broken sinks, furniture and unlit corridors.
DBKL Planning deputy director-general Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah said the food court owner had initially submitted a proposal to upgrade the place but it was turned down.
“According to our records, the proposal was submitted on June 29, 2011.
“The plans include a black box theatre, a large restaurant with a banquet hall and a hawker centre with 30 stalls.
“The mayor had rejected the plan on 29 July, 2011, as it would have resulted in a huge drop in the number of stalls,’’ he said.
Mahadi said the number of stalls allocated in the hawker centre should be maintained.
He also said that following an appeal by the company, the mayor had agreed to view a revised plan as long as it complied with regulations set by the DBKL Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department.
“There are some operators occupying the Bangsar Selera food court.
“We must make sure that the proposed upgrade does not negatively affect the existing traders.
“We are now waiting for Eng Lian Enterprise to submit a revised plan,” he said.
Eng Lian’s property management head Tan Joon Kiat said they are hopeful of receiving approval for the revised plan soon.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

(The Star) Sibu all set for upgrade

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King believes that the town can be upgraded to five stars from four stars in the safety aspect.
Speaking at a Sibu Hin Hua Poh Sen Association Chinese New Year gathering he said the council was vigorously promoting safety of the town as it wanted its people to live more peacefully.
He said there were now five places in the country which had been given the five-star status while Sibu town was accorded with four stars.
“The government is working closely with us to enhance security in the town through different channels. In this regard, the many associations and societies can also work with us to achieve the target as it is not just the work of the council or the police,” he added.
Everyone in the town, he said, sought to live in a peace environment, had success in their work and career development.
“Although sometimes crime cases do occur which created fear among the people, as long as we have a community which does not hurt others, cares for each other, we can create a harmonious and peaceful society,” he added.
Association president councillor So Teck Kee said Hin Hua clansmen had always supported the government and worked together with other races for mutual benefit and national development.
He said his association would continue to look forward and work harder towards a brighter future.
The Hin Hua community here has a population of 36,000 people.
“The majority of them live in the suburb areas of Sg Teku and Sg Merah where vast land was available. I encourage them to take part in land development towards economic progress,” he added.
The association, he said, had set up an education foundation last year with a starting fund of RM200,000 which was donated by the past honorary president, Lau Hong King, and his spouse.
This education foundation is for Hin Hua children to pursue tertiary education.

(The Star) Residents eagerly awaiting Lanang Bridge toll decision

SIBU: The proposal to either reduce or abolish altogether the collection of toll at the Lanang Bridge is good news to the people in the region.
The move translates to cost savings to the public, expecially those who have to travel daily between this town and Sarikei including Bintangor.
The collection of the toll started in 2006 at 50 sen for motorcycles, RM3 for cars, RM8 for mini-buses and small lorries and RM15 for heavy vehicles.
Leaders from the opposition and the Barisan Nasional, especially SUPP, have been clamouring to the government to scrap the toll collection following complaints from the public.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem finally made the big announcement on Monday when he said the toll fee would either be reduced or the collection abolished altogether.
He said the final decision would be made in June as he was now still in talks with the company managing the bridge, Woodville Sdn Bhd.
Consumer Association of Sibu (CAS) president Simon Tiong was among those who welcomed the announcement made by the chief minister.
Tiong said toll collection should be abolished as it had being burdening the people.
“With the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST), the abolishment of toll collection would not be a double blow to motorists, especially blue collar workers who have to pay excessively for the toll fee to come here from Sarikei side,” he said.
He said the bridge was built as a service from the government to the people, thus abolishment of toll collection was most appropriate.
“The rational of having the bridge in the first place is for the benefit of the people to cross to the other side of the river and should not be made into a political issue especially one which touches on toll collection,” he said.
Sarawak Bus Transport Company Association chairman Lau Khing Seng strongly believed that toll collection would be abolished.
“When this happens, it will of course benefit bus companies which have to use the bridge daily to go to Bintangor, Sarikei or Kuching,” he said.
Lau said he knew of one bus company plying between Sibu, Bintangor and Sarikei which had to spend between RM20,000 and RM30,000 monthly on toll fees as they have 10 buses.
“Abolishment of toll collection will also result in an economic boom in the region as people would be able to travel with ease. It will also benefit vegetable and fruit farmers,” he said.

(The Star) State gets a helping hand in solving transport woes

Netherlands, touted as the bicycle country of the world, is willing to offer its expertise in alternative transport to Penang.

Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia Harry Molenaar said they have a lot to offer to Penang, in terms of infrastructure needed and the awareness to get people out of cars and into other modes of transport.

“We will discuss this further in the coming months.

“From there we have to find partners and see what can we do here,” he said after paying a courtesy call to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his office on Monday.

Molenaar, who has been in Malaysia for 18 months, described Penang as an inspiring and attractive environment to be in.

He said they have engaged the state’s investment arm, InvestPenang, on possibility of working together.

“We would like to be part of Penang’s plan to become a city of the future as we have the expertise in the field of water, transport, cycling and land reclamation.

“Penang is the focal point in our approach to partner with in Malaysia,” he said.

On Flight MH17, Molenaar said the bond between Malaysia and Netherlands has grown stronger.

“Through this tragic event, we became closer to Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Lim thanked Molenaar for the support and assistance given by the Dutch Government to Malaysia over the MH17 incident.

“We thank the Dutch Government for the expertise offered.

“We are waiting for a conclusion of the investigation report over the tragedy,” he said.

Lim added that the state was also grateful over the Dutch’s interest in Penang and assistance offered.

“To show our appreciation, the state government is more than willing to reciprocate the kindness shown by the Dutch Government in whatever way we can.

“We hope to improve our relationship with Netherlands, not just in trade relationship, but through its people,” he said.

(NST) Bina Puri to build multi-million ringgit spa resort

KUALA LUMPUR: Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, the country’s integrated civil and building construction services provider, has secured a RM128.5 million contract to construct a spa resort complex in Chendering Beach, Kuala Terengganu.

The proposed Movenpick Spa Resort project, to be completed in 22 months would be undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bina Puri Sdn Bhd.

The holdings company said the project, secured from Success Diar Sdn Bhd, involved the construction, supervision, testing and commissioning and completion of eight blocks of two-storey, three-storey and five-storey buildings, nine pavilions, a spa and a multi-purpose building and related facilities.

Group Managing Director Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng said he was proud of the group’s latest success as it marked the company’s return to Terengganu after a lapse of a decade.

In February 2002, Bina Puri successfully completed a road upgrading project from the Sultan Mansur roundabout to Kuala Berang stretch (package 2A) costing RM26.5 million.

“Our re-entry in Terengganu can only mean the group is prepared to expand and consolidate our business operations nationwide.

“With this contract, the group’s unbuilt book order stands at RM1.86 billion to date,” he said in a statement.

Tee added the group was confident of securing more projects in the upcoming year as it has been actively participating in both local and overseas tenders. -- BERNAMA

(NST) MK Land to launch two projects this year

PETALING JAYA: Property developer, MK Land Holdings Bhd, will launch two projects this year with a combined Gross Development Value of RM600 million, says Group Chief Executive Officer Lau Shu Chuan.

“There are still some pending approvals pertaining to the projects but once we obtain them, we will launch the projects between April and June,” he told reporters at the company’s Chinese New Year celebration here today.

The projects comprise serviced-apartments costing RM450,000 onwards in Damansara Damai and apartments in Damansara Perdana, priced above RM600,000 per unit.

He said these areas remained the company’s best sought-after places by discerning house purchasers, either to live in or for investment.

“This is because the areas are easy to access, therefore, we hope the project would enjoy good sales and contribute positively to our next quarter,” he said.

MK Land recently reported a lower net profit of RM13.22 million for the second quarter ended Dec 31, 2014, attributable to lower revenue from its property development and leisure businesses.

Lau said the company witnessed a slowdown in its product sales even in the second half of last year as consumers had shifted their interest from high-end properties to affordable properties.

Realising this, he said MK Land would balance its product mix in order to survive in the market where 70-80 per cent of sales came from the Klang Valley.

Lau also said MK Land was currently planning other affordable housing projects in Meru Perdana, Klebang Putra and Lembah Beriah (all in Perak), declined to elaborate. -- BERNAMA

(The Star) Larkin Sentral slotted for refurbishments at end of year

JOHOR BARU: The upgrading work of the express bus area at the Larkin Sentral transport terminal will take place by the end of the year to provide better facilities for bus commuters and visitors.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state-investment arm Johor Corp’s (JCorp) subsidiary Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd has been tasked to undertake the project costing RM10mil.
He said the project expected to be completed either in the first-quarter or the second-quarter of 2017 and by then bus commuters could look forward to improved facilities at the terminal.
“Among the new features in the project include an air-conditioned waiting lounge for bus commuters and well-wishers unlike now where they have to wait in an open air area,” said Mohamed Khaled.
He said the waiting lounge could accommodate about 1,000 commuters adding that the upgrading work would also see the relocation of all express bus ticket counters to a dedicated area for them.
Mohamed Khaled who is also JCorp chairman said this in a press conference at the launch of the centralised taxi centre at the Larkin Sentral Terminal here on Monday.
He said with the dedicated ticketing bus counters, commuters would spend less time circling the terminal unlike now where the counters were scattered around the terminal building.
“The the improvement of the terminal will benefit about 700 business operators in the long run as commuters and users will feel more comfortable using the place,” said Mohamed Khaled.
He pointed out that the upgrading of the bus area had to be done following the setting up of the centralised taxi centre at the terminal housing the Johor Baru city, Singapore and long-distance taxi services.
Damansara Assets also undertook the centralised taxi centre completed last November costing RM1.1mil.
Meanwhile, JCorp president and chief executive officer Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim, said bus commuters could book their tickets on-line or via the e-ticketing kiosks.
“In the pipeline is also the construction of the multi-storey car park building adjacent to the terminal to solve parking woes faced by visitors,” he said.
Currently, many customers including market goers at the Larkin wet market had no choice but to park their vehicles along the yellow line in the area due to the lack of parking lots.
The issue of lack of parking space at the terminal had been highlighted in the media for many years but no concrete actions were taken by the relevant authorities to solve the problem.

(The Star) Hitting the streets to get ideas Best solution sought to restore sleepy Butterworth to its heyday again

To kick start the revitalisation project to bring life back to sleepy Butterworth town, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) and Think City Sdn Bhd have launched a baseline community survey.
The survey commenced on Feb 28 and is expected to run till end of March.
Perkhidmatan Perundingan Geografi Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)’s director Dr Matt Benson, who is also the lead consultant, along with 16 trained enumerators who are all locals, would be on the field for the survey.
The team would approach people in business premises, organisations and residents in downtown Butterworth.
Dr Benson said the enumerators would be asking basic questions about business types, vacancies, number of employees and population.
“The views of the communities on how to improve the area will also be sought,” he told a recent press conference at the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.
Also present were MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif and MPSP secretary Rozali Mahmud, Think City’s programme director Murali Ram and several MPSP councillors.
Dr Benson, who has conducted similar surveys in George Town and Kuala Lumpur, said that the survey would help the state government to understand the needs of the community and find the best way to improve the area.
“The enumerators will be wearing T-shirts marked ‘Think City’ and have their MPSP badges,” he said, adding that he hopes the enumerators would be able to talk to more than 5,000 people during the survey.
Maimunah said MPSP was committed to bring life back to the town.
She urged residents and businessmen to give their full support and cooperation for the survey.
She said the survey report was expected to be published by the end of May.
Think City Sdn Bhd, an urban regeneration agency operating in George Town, sees great potential in assisting the MPSP to revive some of the old trades and activities in this town to make it vibrant.

(The Star) Classy condo with butler and concierge services

PJD Group, one of the country’s leading housing developers, is set to complete its flagship project, Woodsbury @ Harbour Place, in 2017.
The project in Jalan Chain Ferry, Butterworth, Penang, is the fifth prestigious project by PJD subsidiary, PJD Eastern Land Sdn Bhd, after the completion of Park View Tower, Sea View Tower, Ocean View Residences and Wellesley Residences, all at Harbour Place.
Senior project manager Chan Heng Wai said the project when completed would have two towers of 37 storeys (Tower A) and 40 storeys (Tower B) with a total of 420 units.
“Purchasers have a choice of studio apartments, two bedroom apartments, three bedroom apartments and penthouses with prices starting from RM295,000.
“The built-up area ranges from 550 sq ft (studio units), 750 sq ft to 950 sq ft (2 bedroom apartments), 1,250 sq ft (3 bedroom apartments) and 1,700 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft for penthouses,” he said.
Chan added that for a cozy, comfortable and convenient stay, the project also offers butler and concierge services which make the owners feel like it is a holiday even when they are actually at home.
“At present, the project with a gross development value (GDV) of RM173mil has been completed up to Level 10.”
Woodsbury @ Harbour Place, he said, would be the biggest residential building in Butterworth and the company was in the midst of extending its development along Jalan Chain Ferry by increasing its existing land bank.
Chan said the project embodied the finer thoughts of design by integrating the necessary ‘green’ features to enhance the quality of life.
“The fine architecture and building structure of the project have been designed to have minimal impact on the natural surroundings and to ensure a reduced carbon footprint.
“Going green also makes Woodsbury the first development project in Butterworth to be Green Building Index certified,” he added.
PJD began developing the 12.14ha Harbour Place with a GDV of more than RM1bil 10 years ago and is touted as the first metro-city with commercial and leisure components.
To know more about the project, visit the Star Property Fair 2015 from March 12 to March 15 at the Sunway Carnival Mall and Sunway Convention Centre, from 10am to 10pm.