Yesterday, Monyet King blogged about hillslope development in Penang.
In ‘Planet of the Monyets’ (his blog), MK discusses the Monkey Business actively going on.
“People in Penang are having sex frequently.”
Which leads to pregnancies. Which result in babies being born. Population increase is therefore inevitable.
Monyet King notes that the population of Penang is now 1.5 million and will reach 2.5 million by 2030. In over just the next 18 years, there will be an additional one million people in Penang.
Unless we tell all the Penangites to stop having sex, says Monyet King, the population will definitely grow and grow.
So like it or not, we have to deal with the consequences of the Monkey Business that is going on.
The demand for housing – greatest on the island – is made where land is scarce and there is very little flat land left. Going by MK’s data projection, Penang needs to build at least a quarter of a million new homes (predominantly condos) over the next 18 years, or time period equivalent to 3-and-1/2 electoral terms.
And we cannot say ‘don’t build’ on the hills because all the people living in Penang still need a roof over their heads, regardless. And ultimately where else is there to build?
Many of the hills in Penang are near the city centres, notes Monkey King. Yup, Penang is small so it would be. Recall similarly Singapore and Hong Kong.
Needless to say, most of the new homes will have to be high-rise apartments, and developers can only build houses on land which they have.
Since there is little or no more flat land for the developers to build on, the bald fact stares us in the face that they will go on cutting the hills.
And since there is little or no more flat land left in Penang, the developers have no choice but to reclaim the sea or build on the hills.
Ordinary people do not own the hills, inasmuch as the greenies may like to delude themselves with their Mother Nature rhetoric.
The state owns the hills. The hills are owned by the state.
Even the sea is owned by the state.
The 6.5km-long undersea tunnel to connect Gurney Drive and Bagan Ajam will be funded through land title exchange between the state government and the developer. – Bernama
Reportedly some of the land exchanges undertaken over the last few years are land sitting in the sea.
Penang state is now run by the DAP-led government headed by this man (see photo) who said the tunnel and expressway infrastructure will cost between RM5 billion and RM8 billion.
His estimate range is rather cavalier considering that the difference between 5 and 8 billion is RM3,000,000,000.00 (written the American way) or otherwise RM3,000,000,000,000.00 (written the British way) — see how to count a trillion here.
It’s not like saying that I’m going out to bungkus nasi and I expect my lunch to cost between RM5 and RM8.
Every time Kim Guan Eng or his developer BFFs (best friends forever) talk about projects, the money involved runs into the numbers as big and bigger than that. Oh, give and take RM3 billion (plus-minus) or so.
Kim Guan Eng is the chairman of Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), the agency involved in the selling of Penang land to the developers. This happened with Bayan Mutiara.
He is the chairman of Penang Development Incorporated (PDC), the agency which sold that parcel of Penang land to the developers. Two Chinese tycoons (one of them Vincent Tan’s brother) will be developing Bayan Mutiara.
Guan Eng holds the state exco portfolio on land. Guan Eng holds the state exco portfolio on planning.
In his hands are concentrated all the power and control for the planning of the building of the projected (at least) a quarter million units of new homes as well as other development, infrastructure and whatever else to be undertaken by construction industry Big Business over the next 3-and-half electoral terms.
Now think of how much money will be generated and how much money will be changing hands (errr, between ordinary happy home owners and their friendly neighbourhood developers) when these property magnates buy the hills of Penang to build highrises for maximum profit.
Bottomline: There are all the hills in Penang waiting to be ‘developed’.
Now think of what is at stake for DAP and the Beloved Chief Minister especially to continue keeping their hold on Penang.
Hence, the need to maintain their control over the minds of their taksub vote bank … errr, in view of these aggressive politicians’ greatest desire and ambition — which is, urm, to “serve the people” (berkhidmat untuk rakyat).
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