Wednesday, 30 September 2015

(The Star) A well-connected new village

The Ampang New Village in Ipoh was one of the many settlements created during the British rule over Malaya in the 1950s.
Many of the atap houses here were encircled by barbed wire to prevent movement at night.
Resident Chee Yok Siw, 54, said he learned this from the stories his elderly neighbours used to tell him when he was just a child.
“They said the British had moved all the Chinese into different settlements to prevent us from getting separated from one another.
“Ampang New Village was one of them.
“It was also a way for them to establish control over the community,” he toldMetroPerak.
One of the new developments in Ampang New Village – rows of shophouses.
One of the new developments in Ampang New Village – rows of shophouses.
Chee, who moved into the new village from Taiping at the age of three, also said back then, every person in the village was disallowed to cook meals on their own.
“They made everyone come together to cook rice and dishes in a big pot, walking around the pot in circles to stir the food.
“This was practised so that no one can sneak out and send meals to the communist party. The British didn’t want a rebellion,” he said.
Today, roughly 60 years after the British rule, Ampang New Village is one of the most well-connected new villages in Ipoh, as it has easy access to the North-South Expressway, Tambun, and is just a few minutes drive into the city centre.
What used to be simple atap houses here have been transformed into concrete houses since the 1970s.
They even have new shoplots schools, and recently, budget hotels to cater to Ipoh tourists.
The village is most famous for their big, succulent and sweet pomelos as orchards are easily found around the area, as well as at its adjacent township, Tambun.
Among some of the popular pomelo stalls in the new village is Xian Fatt Fruit Stall. It is open everyday from 10am to 7pm.
The former Chinese settlement of Ampang New Village has changed over the years, with the establishment of its own market.
The former Chinese settlement of Ampang New Village has changed over the years, with the establishment of its own market.
Its stall owner Chong Swee Lin, in her 50s, said she has been managing the family business for over 20 years.
“Planting pomelos has been my family’s trade since even before my grandfather was born.
“During pomelo season, we sell thousands of pomelos to local customers, and even those who come from outstation,” she said.
Another stall opposite Chong’s is the Hoe Hoe Fruit Stall, managed by Wong Kwai Hoe.
Back then, Wong and her 10 siblings were doing the trade since they were very young.
“Now many of them have started their own businesses in other fields. Only four of us in the family still sell pomelos.
“My brother has his own stall in front of the Perak Cave, and I have mine here.
“I have sisters who look after our family’s farm, while I am only in charge of selling them to customers,” she said, adding that she has been selling pomelos in the new village for more than 10 years.
Apart from pomelos, village chief Tan Soon Keat, 58, said before the year 2000, Ampang was also famous for fish and pig breeding.
“Our village made a name for itself as a place that produces agricutural products.
“But after the SARS epidemic outbreak, all our pig farms were forced to shut down, gravely affecting our livelihood.
“Many of our villagers lost their jobs, and they had to look for other jobs like opening a restaurant or resort to farming to earn a living.
“But our remaining vegetable and fruit farms did not need so many workers. A vegetable farm only needs around 10 workers, while a pig farm can easily require over 100 people to help out,” he said.
Ipoh city councillor Low Leong Sin said now land has become a critical issue among Ampang farmers, as empty lands in the village were granted to private developers for housing schemes.
“Many of the farmers here have been applying for land for more than 10 years but it seems that the state government is not taking an interest in the village’s agricultural growth.
“The land title for the same place these farmers have been toiling on for decades can easily be acquired by private developers the next day,” he said.
As a result, Low said agricultural land is shrinking in the new village.
“I hope the state government can consider hearing the plea of the farmers here, and allow companies with acquired land titles here in Ampang to own another piece of land outside of the new village as replacement.
“The land here is very suitable for the growth of pomeloes.
“It’ll be sad to see God’s gift to the people of Ampang New Village fade away,” he said.

(The Star) Ensemble of modern dwellings

Designed with spacious comfort, top-notch facilities and lush surroundings, Signature Selection’s properties by UEM Sunrise Berhad are remarkable dream homes for today’s discerning buyers.
This exclusive collection of residential projects are nestled in prime locations like Mont’ Kiara and Cyberjaya in Selangor as well as Nusajaya in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.
To be featured at the Star Property Fair 2015 in Queensbay Mall, Penang, from tomorrow to Sunday, UEM Sunrise’s offerings include several components of the lush, 39.65ha boutique development of Symphony Hills in Cyberjaya.
Available are the superlink homes of Schumann2, sized from 4,413 to 4,430sq ft, as well as Schubert 2 and 4, with built-ups ranging from 3,123 to 3,208sq ft, all set in low-density surroundings.
Also found in Malaysia’s first ‘Connected Intelligent Community’, with high-speed fibre optic infrastructure for Smart Home conveniences, are the Beethoven Garden twin villas with 4,620 to 5,661sq ft built-ups.
All homes offer contemporary designs with expansive spaces that open up to nature, inviting sunshine and fresh air inside to create pleasant living environments.
Residents also enjoy a well-orchestrated mix of lifestyle delights. Approximately 35% of the enclave is dedicated to verdant landscapes, while a 40,000sq ft Opera House offers various facilities.
Also in Symphony Hills are the Verdi Eco-dominiums, a pair of residential towers that personify modern smart living within a resort setting.
Catered to single professionals or young couples and families, its one to three-bedroom units are sized from 700 to 1,453sq ft and come with smart home features that allow one to control the lighting and air-conditioning.
Imbued with a verdant touch, the condo has facilities like swimming pools, a maze garden, elevated walkways, Jacuzzi, outdoor pavilions, gymnasium and playgrounds.
Elsewhere in the Klang Valley are the luxurious Residensi 22 Mont’ Kiara and 11 Mont’ Kiara, which have sprawling sky suites sized from 1,878 to 3,163sq ft, and from 2,707 to 4,695sq ft, respectively.
Those seeking a dream home in the southern region will find ideal options in East Ledang, a 111.3ha resort themed, gated and guarded residential precinct in Nusajaya.
There are the Impiana condominium penthouses sized between 2,400 and 2,700sq ft, Residensi Ledang townhouses with built-ups of between 2,475 and 2,540sq ft, and Lakeside Twin Villas with generous built-ups from 3,297 to 3,437sq ft.
For more palatial abodes, consider the bungalows at Regent’s Park, ranging in sizes from 5,924 to 6,250sq ft, or Noble Park with built-ups from 5,155 to 5,330sq ft.
Set among 31 tropical gardens and a lake, relaxed and luxurious living are key in this gated and guarded community.
The 19.3ha Estuari Gardens at Puteri Harbour offers superlink terrace homes sized from 2,708 to 2,909sq ft, similarly shrouded in natural greenery.
Nusa Idaman and Nusa Bayu double-storey terraces with built-ups of between 1,342 to 2,569sq ft are also on offer.
Additionally, Nusa Idaman is also putting its semi-detached homes, sized from 3,178 to 3,304sq ft on offer, while Nusa Bayu is selling its modest-sized Bayu Angkasa apartments of 810 to 975sq ft.
These properties come in special price packages with the opportunity to win exclusive prizes and enjoy rewards under UEM Sunrise’s Signature Selection which is running until Oct 31.
There are more than 60 cars to be given away, including a Jaguar XF, Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes C200, Mercedes A250, Honda HRV and Honda Jazz, as well as holiday vouchers worth between RM25,000 and RM50,000.
To find out more, visit UEM Sunrise at booths S7 and S9 during the four-day fair from 10am to 10.30pm daily.

(The Star) Epitome of opulent living in bustling Pearl of the Orient

True to its vision of designing homes that elevate lifestyles, BSG Property’s developments combine strategic locations with superior quality and a sense of community.
Featuring modern architecture and touches of nature alongside easy access to myriad of conveniences, the homes represent a good investment and are highly sought-after.
The company, being one of the more established and reputable developers in Malaysia with over five decades of market presence, will showcase its signature offerings at the Star Property Fair 2015 in Queensbay Mall, Penang, from tomorrow to Sunday.
One of them, The Landmark, is rising majestically in Jalan Tanjung Tokong, next to the Precinct 10 lifestyle hub.
The 41-storey tower it is set for completion in 2017.
The epitome of luxurious island living, it comprises of 242 corporate suites and 66 residential suites.
The award-winning Oakridge is a distinguished collection of 10 spacious and ultra modern semi-detached homes, ready for move in. (Sept 29, 2015)
The award-winning Oakridge is a distinguished collection of 10 spacious and ultra modern semi-detached homes that are ready to be occupied.
The former has gross floor areas from 799sq ft to 1,899sq ft, with the latter sized between 2,622sq ft and 3,004sq ft.
The freehold design-driven skyscraper, with stylish facade and interiors, offers excellent resort-style facilities like an Olympic-sized infinity pool with cabanas, glass box sky gym and private sky dining kitchen.
Residents also live in the lap of convenience, as various shopping, food and beverage, retail, education, financial and heathcare amenities are close by.
It is also situated between places of interest like Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi.
Serenely tucked away within the prestigious and leafy neighbourhood of Minden Heights, adjacent to the four-acre Raffel Park is another of BSG’s masterpieces – Middleton.
Its twin 26-storey towers boast timeless architecture, and house 220 well-planned, freehold residential units with gross floor areas of 1,409sq ft.
The low-density project will have only five units per floor, served by four private lifts.
Scheduled for completion by end of 2019, Middleton features an equally impressive range of lifestyle facilities.
Among them are conceptual gardens, an infinity pool, sunken seating lounge, clubhouse with gymnasium and sauna facilities, outdoor dining hall, playhouse and ample landscaping features.
Buyers might also be tempted by Middleton’s close proximity to established infrastructure such as the Penang Bridge and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, which connect one to various parts of the island and mainland.
The Raffel Residence 199 in Bukit Gambier brings a new perspective to landed living.
Its 199 units of three-storey urban linked homes have gross floor areas of 4,000sq ft with 5+1 bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Already completed in 2014, they are designed for the modern lifestyles of young or multi-generation families, with elegant layouts affording ample space for everyone and every activity.
Among the units’ distinct features is the breathtaking Sky Terrace that opens up to lush views of greenery, as well as the suburban surroundings.
Those seeking a completed property that is ready to be occupied may also consider Oakridge located at Sungai Nibong not far from Queensbay Mall.
The property had obtained its Certification of Completion and Compliance last year.
This distinguished collection of 10 spacious and ultra modern semi-detached homes come with built up areas of 3,385sq ft, and have 4+1 bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Key features include spacious layouts, high ceiling, grand entrance with double volume foyer and energy saving design elements, as well as quality finishings and fittings.
It was ranked No.1 in Malaysia for workmanship in the Construction Quality Assessment System rating by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore in 2014, achieving a score of 83.9 points.
To find out more about these projects, visit BSG Property at booth C2A during the four-day fair from 10am to 10.30pm daily.
Admission is free.

(The Star) New route to India a boost for tourism

Malindo Air has introduced direct flights between Trichy in Tamil Nadu, India, and Penang.
The bi-weekly flights, on Tuesday and Saturday, will depart from Penang International Airport at 8.30pm and arrive at Trichy Airport at 9.30pm.
In the return direction, the flight departs Trichy at 10.30pm and arrives in Penang at 4.45am the following day.
Boeing 737-900ER series aircraft, with a seating capacity of 180, which includes 168 Economy and 12 Business class seats, will be used for the route.
Malindo Air’s network carrier allows passengers from Trichy to Penang to connect to other domestic destinations in Malaysia as well.
In a press statement, Tourism Malaysia director in Chennai Noor Azman Samsudin said the decision by Malindo Air to start the new route emphasised the value and importance of tourism, trade and business links between India and Malaysia.
“India is the sixth largest contributor to Malaysia’s tourism sector, and we hope that this new air link will help to boost the tourism, encouraging Indian tourists to come more often and stay longer in the country,” he said.
Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy said the company foresaw an encouraging passenger growth from South India, particularly Trichy, a huge market for Malaysia as a large portion of Malaysia’s Indian population is from this region.
A special introductory offer is available now with return fares for Economy starting from INR16852 (RM1,125.64) inclusive of taxes with 30kg baggage allowance, meals on board.
For the business class, the return fares is INR48474 (RM3,237.86), inclusive of taxes with 40kg baggage allowance and meal on board.

(The Star) World-class education on the mainland

More than 200 students have enrolled in GEMS International School of Pearl City in Simpang Ampat, the first international school on Penang mainland.
The students from kindergarten through to Year Nine are now under the tutelage of 28 education professionals at its RM55mil premises in Pearl City Business Park of Bandar Tasek Mutiara.
Built on a 32ha site, the international school is a project undertaken by GEMS Education and its local partner Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd via its subsidiary GEMS Maju Sdn Bhd.
It is also GEMS Education’s first international school in Malaysia.
The school campus boasts fully-integrated information and communications technology ( ICT), libraries, a theatre, science laboratories, music and art rooms including a dance studio.
It also has two sport halls, a football field, basketball courts and two swimming pools.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said they were honoured that GEMS Education had chosen the state for their first educational investment in Malaysia.
“The school’s location is giving us an added advantage in driving investment activities.
“They can consider Seberang Prai or Batu Kawan as a choice of destination to invest, work, live and learn.
“Penang government always believes in investing through education.
“GEMS Pearl City’s hybrid of international and Malaysia curriculum means local students will be imbued with their Malaysian heritage, and at the same time, garner an international outlook,” Lim said in his speech.
He was there to launch the school’s opening on Monday witnessed by GEMS Education group executive director and board member Dino Varkey, GEMS Education Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tom Collin and the school's principal Glen Mundy.
Also present were the school’s children and their parents.
The school is a K-12 (kindergarten to 12th grade) school for children aged between three and 18.
It adopts the National Curriculum for England and Wales, leading to the IGCSE and A-level qualifications.
It also follows the guidelines of the Education Ministry and will be teaching Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Malaysia Social Studies, Islamic Studies and Moral Studies.
At full operating capacity, the school can cater up to 1,500 students and 150 staff members.
To find out more, visit its website at or contact 04-5040639.

(The Star) LRT project to start in 2017 pending Government approval

The first phase of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), involving the construction of the LRT project,” is scheduled to take off in the first half of 2017.
State local government, traffic management, and flood mitigation committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the design and the alignment of the LRT would be finalised next year.
He was stressing on the issue during the Penang Master Builders & Materials Dealers Association (PMBBMDA) 138th anniversary celebration.
Chow said the Gamuda-led SRS Consortium would submit the plan which included the reclamation aspects of the project to the local authorities for approval.
“The consortium would also be applying to the Federal authorities for the licence to do the LRT in Penang.
“No licence means the LRT project will not take off,” he said.“The consortium would also be applying to the Federal authorities for the licence to do the LRT in Penang.
The SRS Consortium is a triumvirate joint venture of Gamuda Berhad, Ideal Property Development Sdn Bhd and Loh Phoy Yen Holdings Sdn, appointed as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) projects.
On the request from PMBBMDA to obtain jobs to be generated from the PTMP implementation, Chow said he would arrange a dialogue between SRS Consortium and PMBBMDA on the matter.
The PTMP is a massive effort to create new road networks, improve present carriageways and the pedestrian ecosystem.
This also includes significantly upgrading the public transport system by introducing new transport options including trams, a mass rapid transit (MRT) system and water taxis.

(The Star) Expo set to highlight investment opportunities in Selangor

State investment entity Invest Selangor Bhd aims to promote the electrical and electronics (E&E), life sciences, and halal products and services sectors at the country’s largest trade expo, the Selangor International Expo (SIE) 2015, set to take place in November.
Selangor Investment Committee chairman for Industry and Commerce, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Transportation, and senior executive councillor Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the expo would be an ideal platform for local and foreign SMEs to showcase their latest products and services to attract potential buyers or spark the possibility of business collaborations.
“We are targeting to fill up all the 700 booths at the expo,” he said after launching the SIE 2015 Roadshow in Penang, earlier this month.
The expo also promotes companies involved in the machinery, equipment, and transportation equipment sectors, especially automotive, maritime, and aerospace equipment.
File image of a wood factory in Beranang, Selangor. The state was a destination for investments totalling US$32.7bil between 2000 and 2014.
Teng said the objective of the expo was also to bridge the gap between the country’s economy and the world, attract potential buyers or the possibility of business collaborations, and to provide opportunities for local business to expand.
Teng said there were already a large number of organisations and companies from different industries that have confirmed their participation in SIE 2015.
“These giants realise how SIE 2015 will greatly benefit them in the business-to-business sector, as well as contribute to the nation’s economic growth.
“These companies include big brand names such as HSBC, UOB, Coca Cola, U-mobile, Maxis, and DIgi,” he said.
Selangor currently ranks fourth in terms of Malaysian investment destinations. Invest Selangor attracted investments totalling US$32.7bil (RM143.6bil) to the state between 2000 and 2014.
Of the total, some US$15.9bil was foreign direct investments, while direct domestic investments totalled US$16.9bil.
“Last year, the number of projects approved for Selangor stood at 4,249,” he said, adding that Japan was the largest investor in Selangor.
“Between 2000 and 2014, Japan invested US$3.7bil in the state. The second largest is the US, with US$2.9bil in investments, followed by Singapore, with US$2.1bil.
“These investments have so far created 333,627 jobs in Selangor,” Teng said.
He added that SIE 2015 signified how much Selangor valued the importance of emphasising the business sector.
“The business sector is the gateway to international trade, and a principal driver of growth and economic development,” he said.
SIE 2015 will take place from Nov 26 to 28 at the Mines Exhibition Centre (MIECC) from 10am to 6pm.
During the first two days of SIE, the expo will be open to only registered trade visitors.
It will be open to the public on Nov 28.

(The Star) Dice with danger for the love of fish

Fugu or pufferfish is not something that can be savoured at just any Japanese restaurant as a chef must be licensed to prepare and serve it.
Prepared wrongly, consuming fugu can result in death as the fish contains tetrodotoxin in certain parts.
A chef needs at least two years to learn how to prepare fugu to avoid contaminating the meat with the nerve-paralysing poison before being licensed.
Diners who do not mind taking the risk can enjoy this Japanese delicacy at Gin-za Japanese Restaurant in Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
1 Ginza Japanese restaurant is cozy and comfortable.
Ginza Japanese restaurant is cozy and comfortable.
With 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, chef Kodama Katsuo from Japan will definitely entice diners with the fugu sashimi and fugu karaage.
The fish is imported from Shimonoseki, a city in Japan famous for pufferfish.
Aside from the rare fish, Kodama’s other specialities are his personal recipes for most of the soup-based dishes and sauces.
Kodama’s expertise is evident in his ponzu, a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine, mixed with chopped spring onions, julienned cucumber and chili radish paste. It made the perfect dipping sauce for the fugu sashimi.
2 The Canadian Oyster is huge and fresh
The Canadian oyster is kept only for three days to ensure its freshness.
The white translucent-thin slices of fugu sashimi, fanned out to resemble a maple leaf and served on a black plate, was fresh and perfect with the ponzu sauce which stood out for its combination of sourish and slightly spicy flavours.
Those who prefer deep-fried dishes can opt for the fugu karaage, which has a sweet and firm texture.
Restaurant manager Byun Joon Young said opening a Japanese restaurant had always been his father’s dream.
“My father, Byun Sang Ho, stayed in Japan for several years and loved the food there.
3 Fugu sashimi goes well with the ponzu sauce where diners can mixed with chopped spring onion, chili paste and cucumber,
Fugu sashimi goes well with the ponzu sauce.
“After getting to know Kodama, he opened the restaurant in May and made him the chef,” he said.
Ginza, he added, was a place in Japan famous for its wide variety of food.
“It is a family business, but I find that most locals here perceive Japanese cuisine as being expensive.
“Here, we make it affordable and diners can taste the fine-quality food that is mostly imported from Japan,” saidJoon Young.
4 The soup base of the Ginza Udon has a slight sweetness in taste.
The soup base of the Ginza Udon has a slight sweetness.
The restaurant occupies two floors – the ground floor has a dining area with a sushi bar while several private rooms are found on the upper floor.
A dish that I would recommend is the Kagoshima-imported Wagyu Teriyaki Beef.
The thin rectangular slices of the tender wagyu were well-seasoned with teriyaki sauce and the high concentration of fat from the marbling of the beef allows the meat to instantaneously melt in the mouth, leaving a hint of sweetness.
Canadian oysters are kept only for three days to ensure their freshness.
5 The Kagoshima Wagyu Beef in teriyaki sauce is flavourful.
The Kagoshima Wagyu Beef in teriyaki sauce is flavourful.
We relished some of the oysters here as large creamy oysters were cut into small pieces and served up with chopped chilli and spring onion and a special sauce which accentuates the taste of the molluscs.
Another restaurant speciality is the Ginza Udon.
Served with mushroom slices and Japanese fish cakes, the soup-base used for the udon is refreshing with a hint of sweetness.
However, the chef was tight-lipped when asked about ingredients used in the soup.
The restaurant also has set meals with comes with a bowl of rice, seaweed and egg soup, chawanmushi and a main dish listed in the menu.
I am happy to say that I survived a “deadly” encounter with fugu!
GIN-ZA JAPANESE RESTAURANT, B-G-03A, Glomac Galeria Hartamas, Jalan 26A/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel : 03-62064358) Business hours: 11am to 3pm daily, 5pm to 11pm (Monday to Saturday) and 5pm to 11pm (Sunday). Non-halal.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

(The Star) For the love of gourmet food

Jasons Food Hall aims to cater to gourmet food lovers who prefer using premium ingredients in their cooking.
During an interview at the recently held Taste MIGF 2015 in Berjaya Times Square Hotel, its store manager Daniel Greig said they offered a wide range of items, some of which were exclusive.
“We offer premium items, as well as brands such as Monte Verde, Casino and Waitrose.
“We have exclusive wines and a large variety of whiskies.
“We also have gluten-free, organic products,” he said.
Premium meats which are available at the supermarket.
Premium meats which are available at the supermarket.

Meat & Co, which supplies meat to Jasons, offers select meats and cuts such as the Parma ham and Jamón ibérico.
He added that they often brought in new suppliers.
In the plans are Southern Rock Seafood, which will bring in high-grade seafood.
Southern Rock Seafood Sdn Bhd director Josh Green said, “We have salmon and kingfish from Australia, and we will also bring in caviar as it suits Jasons’ clientele.”
Green says Southern Rock Seafood Sdn Bhd offers eight types of oysters from around the world.
Green says Southern Rock Seafood Sdn Bhd offers eight types of oysters from around the world.

Green said they would offer eight types of oysters from around the world.
“In some places, the oysters are pre-opened and frozen, hence they are not as fresh.
“Our oysters are imported directly from the farmer so we know where the oysters come from,” he said as he shucked a fresh oyster.
“And, we offer not just products but a lifestyle,” Greig added.
A visitor checking out the premium products on display at the Taste MIGF 2015 section in Jasons Food Hall.
There are regular in-store activities such as cooking demonstrations and wine tasting sessions.
At Taste MIGF, Jasons Food Hall sommelier Sebastien Le Francois presented a workshop on New World wines and Southern Rock Seafood provided the oysters in the workshop on chilled Irish oyster on ice by chef Jochen Kern.
Jasons also offers home delivery service for customers.
For details, visit or call 03-2094 2900.

(NST) 10,000 affordable homes in Terengganu

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government will build 10,000 affordable homes for the needy before the next general election, assured Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman. 

He said each home costing RM40,000 would be built in critical areas like in Kuala Ping in Telemong with 230 units, Santong with 242 units and Tok Jambal with 350 units for the public, while government quarters would be built in Gong Badak for civil servants.

"The homes actually are priced up to RM100,000 but the state government is absorbing the additional costs, to make it affordable. 

"This is the state's contribution towards eradicating poverty and uplifting the economy of the needy. Additional homes will be built by Federal Government agencies like Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad, PR1MA and the Public Services Department," he said at the handing-over ceremony for keys to for the Urban Poverty Eradication Project under the National Blue Ocean Strategy programme, in Taman Desa Wira, Tok Jembal. 

Present were Kuala Terengganu mayor Datuk Mohamad Kamil Othman, Kuala Nerus district officer Azmi Razik and Kuala Nerus development officer Datuk Basir Ismail. 

Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad, he added, had committed to build 822 such homes for the public. 

Razif said to date, there were 56,691 applications for affordable homes by the public and thus far 6,754 homes under the project have been built. A further 7,986 homes, he added, would be built next year.

"We focus on providing high-rise homes in urban areas in view of the scarcity of land, unlike in rural areas where landed properties are possible," he said. 

Also in the pipeline, he added, was a 350 mixed development project on a 29-acre land near the golf course in Tok Jambal.