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Ikano Centres Introduces ‘Klippa,’ A Mixed-Use Centre That Will Be Connected To IKEA Batu Kawan.

Klippa, Ikano Centres’ latest retail destination and mixed-use development, was launched at a media event in Penang.

The project, which marks Ikano Centres’ first excursion into the northern region, intends to be the cultural heart and hub for the developing Batu Kawan township. Ikano Centres is a subsidiary of Ikano Retail, which owns IKEA furniture stores and shopping malls in five countries.

Klippa will offer a unique retail experience via an integrated shopping centre spanning 1.6 million sq ft of gross leasable area (GLA), housing over 300 brands including Mr DIY, A&W drive-thru, and TMG Plus Supermarket, with direct access to the Second Penang Bridge and a seamless connection to IKEA Batu Kawan.

Klippa is a suitable wordplay of Batu Kawan, according to Ikano Centres shopping centre and mixed-use director Adrian Mirea. Klippa means rock or friend in Swedish.

Klippa’s first phase opened in December 2019 with 20 brands and 80,000 square feet of GLA. Then, in November 2021, a fast-food drive-thru was opened, with McDonald’s as the first tenant.

Klippa also plans to push the local arts and culture scene forward, in keeping with the Penang state government’s goal of bringing arts and culture to Batu Kawan.

Ikano Centres is collaborating closely with Aspen Vision City and partners at the Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP) to present Klippa as “the area where people can live, work, and create memories together,” according to Bakker.

In the meantime, Ikano Centres will look into further commercial and residential opportunities (to be constructed in phases) to complement Klippa and fulfil Batu Kawan’s growing community of students, families, and professionals at the nearby BKIP.

 

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PETALING JAYA (May 19): Ikano Centres has officially unveiled Klippa – its new retail destination and mixed-use development – in a media event in Penang on Tuesday (May 17).

The development aims to be the cultural heart and hub for the growing Batu Kawan township – marking Ikano Centres’ first foray into the northern region. Ikano Centres is a part of Ikano Retail, which owns the IKEA furniture stores in five countries and shopping centres anchored by IKEA.

With direct access to the Second Penang Bridge and a seamless connection to IKEA Batu Kawan, Klippa will offer a unique retail experience via an integrated shopping centre spanning 1.6 million sq ft of gross leasable area (GLA), housing over 300 brands including Mr DIY, A&W drive-thru and TMG Plus Supermarket.

According to Ikano Centres shopping centre and mixed-use director Adrian Mirea, Klippa means rock or friend in the Swedish language – which is a perfect wordplay of Batu Kawan.

“As we continue to strengthen our presence in Malaysia, we want to introduce the Ikano Centres retail experience to communities in the northern region to mirror the success of our meeting places in central and southern Malaysia.

“With Klippa, we aim to be the rock in this growing community and to transform Batu Kawan into a successful commercial and leisure hub in Penang. The emphasis of this meeting place development is to provide visitors in the region a holistic customer experience, enhanced with convenience for all their shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure needs,” said Mirea, adding that Klippa is set to create 5,000 job opportunities for locals.

The first phase of Klippa was launched in December 2019 with 20 brands over 80,000 sq ft of GLA. Next, an F&B drive-thru space was introduced in November 2021 with McDonald’s being the first tenant.

Additionally, Klippa also intends to drive the local arts and culture scene in line with the Penang state government’s vision to bring arts and culture to Batu Kawan.

“Since its opening, the first phase of Klippa has enjoyed a 98% lease rate, with established tenants such as IKEA, Harvey Norman and McDonald’s, which have given us the motivation to continue developing and creating spaces for our communities. As we grow, we will continue to evaluate the needs of our customers in North Malaysia and design our Klippa meeting place accordingly,” said Ikano Centres commercial director Arnoud Bakker.

Bakker added that Ikano Centres is working closely in collaboration with Aspen Vision City and partners at the neighbouring Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP) to position Klippa as “the place where people can live, work and create memories together”.

Meanwhile, Ikano Centres will also be exploring additional commercial and residential opportunities (to be developed in phases) to complement Klippa, meeting Batu Kawan’s growing community of students, families, and professionals at the neighbouring BKIP.

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Malaysia’s Housing Market Will Be Unaffected By The Hike In OPR

The recent decision by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to raise the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.00 percent will have no negative impact on the housing market in 2022 and 2023.

Kashif Ansari, co-founder and CEO of the Juwai IQI group, said BNM has taken care to maintain the country’s economy even through the worst of the pandemic.

Other nations were experiencing very high inflation as a result of the global commodity price surge, Kashif explained, but Malaysians were spared since the government provided fuel subsidies.

He stated that from 2004 and 2020, Malaysia’s OPR only dropped as low as 2.0 percent in eight quarters, making the last two years the first time the rate was as low as 1.75 percent in history.

He explained that rather than posing a threat to the housing market, the hike in the OPR to 2.0 percent reflected the economy’s recovery and BNM’s belief that the economy no longer required the extra support of ultra-low interest rates.

“We expect the home market will respond positively to the expanding economy, household income, and employment this year and in 2023.” This year, the gross domestic product is predicted to increase by up to 6.3 percent. The bank forecasts increased domestic demand and exports.

“As a result, we expect good economic conditions to support strength in the real estate market in the second half of this year and into 2023,” he added.

 

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 19): Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) decision to lift the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.00% recently will not negatively affect the housing market in 2022 and 2023.

Juwai IQI group co-founder and chief executive officer Kashif Ansari said BNM has taken a careful step in supporting the nation’s economy even during the worst of the pandemic.

“Inflation is on a rampage in many parts of the world, but it is not on a rampage in Malaysia with headline inflation will likely be somewhere between 2.2% and 3.2% this year.

“That is a manageable rate. There is still room for employment and business activity to grow significantly without causing inflation to surge,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 18).

Kashif shared that other countries were experiencing very high inflation due to the spike in global commodity prices, while Malaysian were spared as the government was providing fuel subsidies.

In the wake of the global financial crisis between 2004 and 2020, he noted that Malaysia’s OPR only dropped as low as 2.0% during eight quarters, hence, the past two years represented the first time in history that the rate was as low as 1.75%.

He said rather than creating a risk for the housing market, the increase in the OPR to 2.0% was a reflection of the economic rebound, reflecting BNM’s view that the economy no longer needed the extra support of ultra-low interest rates.

“We believe the housing market will react positively this year and in 2023 to the growing economy, household income, and employment. With the gross domestic product expected to climb as much as 6.3% this year. The bank is projecting stronger domestic demand and higher exports.

“Therefore, we expect positive economic conditions to drive strength in the real estate market that will really gather pace in the second half of this year and in 2023,” he added.

Source: Edge Prop

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Gurney Wharf Project To Be Completed By 2025

Following a ground-breaking ceremony at Gurney Drive, the much-anticipated Gurney Wharf project, an initiative of the Penang government, will progressively open to the public as it enters the development phase.

The project, expected to cost RM200 million, will have numerous components classified into Priority One and Priority Two, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. By 2025, the project should be completed completely.

Priority One, he explained, is essentially a green park that would begin at Pangkor Road and would not necessitate any physical construction. It is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Priority Two, which would include a multi-story parking garage, an iconic hawker centre, and a jetty shoreline, will be completed in 24 months or slightly longer, he said.

He predicted that the Gurney Wharf will be a great draw, drawing even more people than the Esplanade seawall project, which was jam-packed after its formal opening. The project also aligns with Penang2030’s goal of a “Family-Focused Green and Smart that Inspires the Nation.”

Chow stated that the state government was aware of the contractors’ current difficult condition as a result of rising material costs and that the matter would be addressed if the contractors raised it with the state government.

The decision to create the Gurney Wharf project began six years ago in 2016, when Lim Guan Eng was the chief minister, according to Chow and state Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh.

A children’s playground, skate park, viewing deck (south vantage point), public restrooms, pedestrian promenade, trader’s booths, recreational park, landscape areas, and open space car parks are among the facilities to be created under Priority One, according to Jagdeep.

Additional landscaping areas, more recreational parks, a hawker centre, an observation platform (north vantage point), public restrooms, more trader’s booths, multi-story car parks, open space car parks, a beach area and boardwalk, water water garden, and the drainage system are all included in Priority Two.

 

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GEORGE TOWN (May 14): Construction of the Gurney Wharf project, which is a park in the largest reclaimed township in Penang worth RM200 million, is expected to be fully completed by early 2025.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project involves about 20 hectares of reclaimed land at Gurney Drive, which would become the latest attraction in Penang and give economic added value and spillover.

“The Gurney Wharf development initiative began in 2016 with engagement sessions with all stakeholders including Penang residents to obtain views, input and feedback in terms of needs as well as the recreational component required by the community in the state.

“The project will be a promenade with a beautiful sea view, recreational park. hawker centre, parking and other facilities for the entire family to spend quality time and for better quality of life for the people on the whole,” he told reporters after the Gurney Wharf ground-breaking ceremony here on Saturday (May 14).

The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak and also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman as well as Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy.

Chow said two phases of the project development which were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be carried out simultaneously after the ground-breaking ceremony.

He said the two phases of the project would offer a children’s playground, skating park, observation deck, public toilets, pedestrian promenade, hawker kiosks, retail area, surau, landscaped area, recreational park and a multistorey car park.

“The state government is also taking note of the issues that have arisen, but I am sure the stakeholders in the project are aware of the situation, including ensuring that the protection of the environment and the marine area is an aspect that is emphasised during the initial planning stage of the project, ” he said.

He said the state government had also decided to implement the Gurney Wharf project through an open tender and it had agreed to appoint TETO Engineering Sdn Bhd as the main contractor, while the appointment of other subcontractors would be announced from time to time.

“With the appointment of qualified consultants and contractors, the state government hopes the project can be implemented more systematically and comply with the set specifications. In fact, we have also instructed that the traffic flow in the area be carefully planned to ensure the safety of everyone, including pedestrians,” he said.

Source: The Edge Markets

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MBPP Secretary – A New Esplanade In Penang Will Open On May 13.

With the completion of the seawall upgrade project, Penangites will be able to enjoy the new Esplanade. A. Rajendran, secretary of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), said the RM14 million Esplanade seawall upgrade project has been finished and would be launched on Friday (May 13).

According to Rajendran, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow would hold a press conference at the site soon. The 460-meter length of seawall between Medan Renong food court and the Royal Malaysian Naval Base is being upgraded. It is one of 14 projects of the RM140 million North Seafront Masterplan, which runs from Dewan Sri Pinang to Fort Cornwallis and the Swettenham Pier entrance.

The George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC), a partnership between the Penang government and Think City, is funding and supporting the project.

The corporation was established to lead the revitalization and repair of the heritage site’s public assets.

Its goal is to increase the attraction and worth of important monuments and public open spaces, as well as to illustrate the importance of culture-based urban regeneration in developing a long-term historic city.

Restoration of Koh Seang Tatt Fountain Garden, improvements to Lebuh Light streetscape, upgrading of Esplanade field subsoil system, and other planning documents generated to aid with the physical execution are among the 14 key efforts done so far.

 

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GEORGE TOWN: Penangites will be able to experience the new Esplanade with the completion of its seawall upgrading project.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) secretary A. Rajendran said the RM14mil Esplanade seawall upgrading project has been completed and will be launched on Friday (May 13).

“The project has been completed,” he said in a Whatsapp text message to The Star.

Rajendran said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will also be having a press conference at the site soon.

The seawall upgrading project involves a stretch of 460m from Medan Renong food court to the Royal Malaysian Naval Base.

It is one of 14 projects under the RM140mil North Seafront Masterplan that starts from Dewan Sri Pinang to Fort Cornwallis and the entrance to Swettenham Pier.

The project is funded by MBPP and supported by the George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC), a partnership between the Penang government and Think City.

The corporation has been formed to spearhead the rejuvenation and restoration of select public assets in the heritage site.

It is meant to enhance the appeal and value of key monuments and public open spaces, and demonstrate the value of culture-based urban regeneration in creating a sustainable heritage city.

To date, among the 14 major initiatives completed are the restoration of Koh Seang Tatt Fountain Garden, improvements to Lebuh Light streetscape, upgrading of Esplanade field subsoil system and numerous planning documents produced to assist with the physical implementation.

Source: The Star Online

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Simmtech Has Officially Opened Its New Batu Kawan Manufacturing Site

Simmtech Holdings Inc., a South Korean semiconductor giant, has formally launched its new manufacturing plant in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP) through its Malaysian affiliate, Sustio Sdn Bhd.

It is the company’s first sophisticated manufacturing plant in Southeast Asia, according to Simmtech Southeast Asia managing director Jeffery Chun.

Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik, Datuk Seri Lee Kah Choon, Chief Minister of Penang special investment adviser, Datuk Loo Lee Lian, South Korean ambassador to Malaysia Lee Chi Beom, and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) (investment development) deputy chief executive officer Lim Bee Vian were also present.

According to Chun, the new factory in Penang will boost Simmtech’s total substrate and PCB capacity by 20%.

The Penang government, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, is glad to witness the rise of stakeholders in the semiconductor supply chain.

“As a result of the improved robustness of its well-developed industrial environment, the state has reaped a slew of benefits.”

“As the first major Korean semiconductor industry investment in Penang and a significant supplier of memory module PCB and substrate, Simmtech’s presence, through its Malaysia-based subsidiary, Sustio, is set to deliver enhanced supply chain robustness.”

“InvestPenang and other related state agencies are dedicated to fostering a diverse talent pool, supported infrastructure, and resilient industry clusters,” said the state administration.

 

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BATU KAWAN (May 9): Simmtech, a South Korean-based manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) and packaging substrate for semiconductors, opens its first advanced manufacturing facility in Southeast Asia at Penang to address the heightened industry demand.

Simmtech Southeast Asia managing director Jeffery Chun said the manufacturing facility under Simmtech’s subsidiary Sustio Sdn Bhd, is expected to start delivering mass volume of substrate and PCB products to customers by the second half of this year.

Chun said the facility on 7.3 hectares will be the group eight factory along with its other operations in South Korea, China and Japan.

“Sustio’s factory in Penang will increase Simmtech’s total capacity of substrate and PCB by 20 per cent, which will immediately contribute to improve the semiconductor industry supply constraint situation which can aptly address the needs among the industry players,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Earlier, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow officiated at the opening ceremony of Sustio’s factory here, which was also attended by South Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia Lee Chi Beom, deputy chief executive officer of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Lim Bee Vian and special investment advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang, Datuk Seri Lee Kah Choon.

Chun said the new RM600 million factory at Batu Kawan Industrial Park can produce up to 60 million substrate and 2 million PCB boards monthly.

“Sustio has already employed a workforce of more than 700 for its Penang’s facility and it will reach its full employment of more than 1,000 employees by next year,” he said.

He said the Sustio factory’s commencement is just in time for the new dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) technology transition (DDR5).

“We have already engaged with our key customers for the new site qualification programme and we will ramp up this new site mainly for our DRAM and NAND customer worldwide,” he said.

Simmtech was founded in South Korea in 1987 and recorded sales revenue of more than RM4 billion last year with around 4,000 employees globally.

 

Source: The Borneo Post

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Penang Is Considering Regulating Short-Term Rentals And Homestays.

Despite recently imposing a ban on short-term rental properties or homestays, the Penang government is still considering regulatory options.

 

Many stakeholders, including the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Cultural (Motac), the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and local councils, would need to be involved, according to State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.

 

Short-term rental homes or homestays, he claimed, have generated unfair competition for licenced hotels that follow Motac’s rules, such as paying taxes and hotel fees.

 

Following numerous complaints from residents’ groups at apartments, condominiums, and residential neighbourhoods, State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo announced last month that the State had agreed not to allow “check-ins” at landed and high-rise buildings for short-term rental homes or homestays.

 

However, according to Yeoh, the restriction will only apply to high-rise buildings with residential titles, prohibiting owners from renting out their units on a short-term basis.

 

He said Penang planned to outlaw something like Airbnb, an internet lodging marketplace where travellers may rent out apartment or condominium units for a short period of time.

 

The restriction will not apply to kampung-style homestays, which are permitted as a tourism product by Motac, according to Yeoh, who added that the State government has yet to decide when the ban will take effect.

 

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GEORGE TOWN (May 6): Despite recently announcing a ban on short-term rental homes or homestays, the Penang government is still open to the option of regulating the activity.

State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said for this, many parties such as the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Cultural (Motac), the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and local councils would need to be involved.

He said short-term rental homes or homestays have created unfair competition for licensed hotels that abide by Motac’s regulations, including by paying taxes and hotel fees.

“We will discuss with all the Ministries and agencies involved to set up new rules and regulations to regulate short-term rental homes or homestays in the state,” he told reporters after launching the “High Fun Penang Project”, an initiative to stimulate Penang tourism’s industry here on Thursday.

Last month, State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo announced that the State had agreed to not allow “check-ins” at landed and high-rise buildings for short-term rental homes or homestays, based on numerous complaints from residents’ groups at apartments, condominiums and residential neighborhoods.

However, Yeoh explained that the ban will solely be imposed on high-rise buildings with residential titles, which prohibits owners from renting out on a short-term basis.

He said Penang intended to ban something like Airbnb, an online marketplace for lodging, in which apartment or condominium units are rented out on a short-term basis to tourists.

Yeoh said the ban will not apply to kampung-style homestays as it is also allowed by Motac as a tourism product, adding the State government has yet to decide when the ban will take effect.

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Squatters In Butterworth Have Been Given Free Homes Worth RM60,000 Each.

As part of a resettlement scheme, the Penang government would provide free dwellings worth RM22.4 million to more than 300 squatters in Butterworth.

The occupants come from Kampung Ujong Batu, a historic village near the Perai river’s mouth with about 300 dwellings that was originally home to dockyard employees.

The state government has purchased 353 flats at Pangsapuri Suria, a new apartment structure being built 500 metres away at Harbour Place, according to state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo.

In two years, he claimed, the settlers will get the keys to their 663 sq ft dwellings, which cost RM60,000 each.

Satees Muniandy, a Bagan Dalam assemblyman, stated the 5ha village site was swampy ground that belonged to the Penang government.

He stated that once the squatters were removed, the government had no plans to develop the area.

 

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GEORGE TOWN: More than 300 squatters in Butterworth will receive free homes from the Penang government valued at RM22.4 million as part of a resettlement project.

The residents are part of Kampung Ujong Batu — an old settlement by the mouth of the Perai river, which has about 300 houses and was once home to workers at the nearby dockyard.

State executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state government had bought 353 flats at a new apartment building called Pangsapuri Suria, being built 500m away at Harbour Place.

He said the settlers would receive their keys to their 663 sq ft homes, costing RM60,000 each, in two years.

“We are giving these villagers a good home with all the amenities. These are apartments of high standard,” the state housing committee chairman told reporters at Komtar today.

Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy said the 5ha village site occupied swampy land and belonged to the Penang government.

He said the government had no plans to develop the land once the squatters cleared out.

“My office spends RM40,000 every year to repair the homes that often get damaged,” he said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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TTM Technologies Will Build A US$130 Million Facility In Penang.

TTM Technologies Inc, a Nasdaq-listed manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCBs), radio frequency (RF) components, and RF microwave/microelectronic assemblies, is investing US$130 million (about RM550 million) at a plant in Penang.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), InvestPenang, and TTM said in a joint statement released on Monday (April 25) in conjunction with the plant’s ground-breaking ceremony that the latter’s expansion to Penang is in direct response to customer demands for advanced technology PCB supply chain resiliency and diversification in regions other than China.

TTM chose Penang as the site for this new factory after conducting an exhaustive evaluation of different nations, taking into account investment and operational costs, customer proximity, and supply chain support, according to the company.

Penang’s well-established electrical and electronics (E&E) sector ecosystem is especially appealing.

TTM’s global commercial markets will be served by the new factory, which will include networking communications, data centre computing, medical, industrial, and instrumentation.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow stated that the state of Penang is recognised as a prominent player in the worldwide semiconductor sector, notably in the fields of assembly and testing, as well as equipment manufacture.

TTM president and CEO Thomas Edman said the plant represents the start of a new chapter in the company’s global effort to provide clients with differentiated high-value-add engineering and PCB product solutions.

 

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 25): Nasdaq-listed printed circuit boards (PCBs), radio frequency (RF) components and RF microwave/microelectronic assemblies manufacturer TTM Technologies Inc is investing US$130 million (about RM550 million) to set up a plant in Penang.

In a joint statement on Monday (April 25) in conjunction with the plant’s ground-breaking ceremony, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), InvestPenang and TTM said the latter’s expansion to Penang is in direct response to customer requirements for advanced technology PCB supply chain resiliency and diversification in regions beyond China.

They said TTM selected Penang as the location for this new plant after an extensive review of multiple countries with careful consideration of investment and operating costs, customer proximity and supply chain support.

Penang is also attractive due to its well-established electrical and electronics (E&E) industry ecosystem.

The new plant will serve TTM’s global commercial markets including networking communications, data center computing, and medical, industrial, and instrumentation.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang is recognised as one of the major players in the global semiconductor industry, particularly in the areas of assembly and test as well as equipment manufacturing.

“The state, via InvestPenang, strives to bolster our efforts to outpace investors’ expectations by providing continuous facilitation and utmost support along the journey,” he said.

This state-of-the-art, highly automated plant will be built upon approximately 27 acres of industrial land at Penang Science Park.

Construction is expected to take 12 to 15 months followed by equipment installations in mid-2023.

Pilot production is targeted to begin in the second half of 2023, with volume production commencing in 2024 and gradually ramping up to full Phase 1 capacity in 2025.

TTM expects the new plant to achieve full run rate revenue of approximately US$180 million (approximately RM761.5 million) in 2025.

The factory has also been planned to support a 25% upside Phase 2 expansion.

TTM president and chief executive officer Thomas Edman said the plant marks the start of an important new chapter to support customers with differentiated high value-add engineering and PCB product solutions on a global basis.

“As an early-mover into Southeast Asia for the production of advanced technology PCBs, TTM is responding to our customers’ needs for supply chain resiliency, regional diversification and growth capacity,” he said.

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The Mainland Takes Centre Stage

The launch of the ‘Opposite Side of the Island – Seberang Perai campaign’ at Iconic Hotel in Bukit Mertajam marked a big step forward in Penang’s effort to expand tourism offers on the mainland.

The Seberang Perai tourism product promo video, which featured interesting and exciting tourist attraction spots ranging from Frog Hill, Kampung Agung, and Cherok To’Kun Hill to Design Village Mall, IKEA Batu Kawan, and others, was the highlight of today’s launch as part of the ‘Experience Penang’ campaign.

Today’s campaign, according to State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who was present to officiate the ceremony, aims to draw domestic and foreign visitors to Penang to enjoy the numerous tourism spots, particularly on the mainland.

The government wants to diversify tourism offerings across the island and on the mainland. Penang boasts a range of untapped tourism opportunities, particularly in Seberang Perai.

Seberang Perai can be developed and transformed into a nature-based tourism destination thanks to its diverse agrotourism and ecotourism options.

He also advised people to remain in Penang for at least five to seven days because the state is full of must-see attractions that are difficult to explore in a short period of time.

 

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PENANG’s mission of diversifying tourism offerings on the mainland took a major step today after the launch of the ‘Opposite Side of the Island – Seberang Perai campaign’ at Iconic Hotel in Bukit Mertajam.

As part of the ‘Experience Penang’ campaign, the highlight of today’s launch was the Seberang Perai tourism product promo video, which featured interesting and exciting tourist attraction spots – from the Frog Hill, Kampung Agung and Cherok To’Kun Hill to Design Village Mall, IKEA Batu Kawan and others.

State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who was present to officiate the ceremony, said today’s campaign aimed at bringing domestic and international visitors to Penang to experience the various tourism spots, particularly on the mainland.

“This is very much in line with the Penang Tourism Master Plan, which integrates the new National Tourism Policy (2020 – 2030) and the state’s Penang2030 vision of a ‘Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation’.

“The state aspires to diversify tourism products all over the island and mainland. Penang has a variety of tourism offerings that are undiscovered, especially those in Seberang Perai.

“With the wide array of agrotourism and ecotourism offerings, Seberang Perai can also be developed and transformed into a nature-based tourism destination.

“This will also create a better variety of tourism experiences that can satisfy all types of visitors who come to our state,” Yeoh said in his speech during the launching of the ‘Opposite Side of the Island – Seberang Perai campaign’ at Iconic Hotel in Bukit Mertajam today.

Relatively, he also reminded visitors to spend at least five to seven days in Penang because the state is filled with must-see places that are quite impossible to cover in a short stay.

“If you wish to explore Penang well enough to uncover its hidden gems, then make sure to stay longer because you will need it,” Yeoh added.

Among those present during the launch were Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan and Chief Minister Incorporated deputy general manager Bharathi Suppiah.

 

Source: Buletin Mutiara

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Penang Will Continue To Implement The TPM80PP Public And Private Housing Maintenance Scheme.

From 2008 to April 1, this year, the Penang government spent a total of RM297.57 million on 32,582 maintenance works at both public and private housing developments.

Out of the whole sum, the state has spent RM52.59 million on the Penang Maximum 80 percent Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP), according to state Local Government, Housing, Town, and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

The RM297.57 million expenditure includes maintenance work for housing schemes under the Penang Island City Council (MBPP, RM25.54 million), Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP, RM4.7 million), and public housing schemes, according to Jagdeep (RM214.72 million).

Nonetheless, Jagdeep stated that the state government, through the Penang Housing Board, has requested a RM134.76 million allocation from the federal government this year.

The funds will be used to fund 73 maintenance projects under the ‘Program Penyelenggaraan Perumahan (PPP)’ and 126 maintenance projects under the ‘Tabung Penyelenggaraan Perumahan Malaysia’ (TPPM).

The Federal Government has only sanctioned a total of RM6.77 million for 32 maintenance projects under the PPP and TPPM through March of this year.

 

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THE Penang government has spent a total of RM281.7 million for the maintenance works in public and private housing schemes in the state since 2008.

State Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the amount spent was up to July 31 this year.

He said the total spending included maintenance works under public housing scheme; maintenance works under Penang Island City Council (MBPP) housing scheme, maintenance works under Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) housing scheme and Penang Maximum 80% Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP).

“Generally under TPM80PP, a total of RM45.24 million has been spent.

“This involved various works that have been carried out for 479 projects, like upgrading of flats’ lifts, replacement of water tanks, replacement of roofs, painting, road paving and others.

“The state also hopes that the Federal Government can assist the state in this maintenance works’ projects.

“We appeal for their kind consideration in order to assist the needy staying in the flats,” he told reporters after visiting Desa Bayan apartment in Bayan Lepas today.

During the visit, Jagdeep announced that the state has approved the repair works for five lifts in Desa Bayan apartment.

“This 21-year-old apartment has five blocks with a total of 720 units.

“The residents here have been facing this long-standing problem. Hence, I am happy to announce that the state will bear 80% of the RM123,000 repair cost.

“The remaining 20% will be borne by state Entrepreneurial Development, Trade and Industry Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, who is also the Batu Maung assemblyman,” he said, adding the repair works, which are scheduled to start this month, would take about 16 weeks.

Abdul Halim, who was present, noted the plight of the residents staying in the apartment, especially with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Buletin Mutiara