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Penang govt asked to stop approving development projects in Bayan Baru

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP-led Penang government must stop approving development projects in the Bayan Baru area to prevent the recurrence of flash floods, said Gerakan Bayan Baru chairman Teh Leong Meng (pix).

He said the area had been developed unsustainably and this had caused the people to put up with flash floods.

He added it was the state which approved development projects and, as such, had the authority to stop them or demand that developers upgrade the drainage system.

"We want the state government to disclose detailed information on how it is going to solve the flood problem which affects businesses, especially in the Bayan Baru commercial areas, Bayan Lepas and Batu Maung," he told reporters before distributing 2017 calendars at the Bayan Baru hawker centre here today.

He said the state government should not rely on the federal government alone to resolve the flood problems.

He also said that the state government must control the escalating price of property in Penang to make it affordable for the people.

He said that based on reports, 75% of workers in Penang earned less than RM2,500 a month and they could not afford to own a house in the state.

"We hope that the state government can practise a 'build-rent-sell' system so that people in the low-and middle-income groups can afford to rent the property first while they save money to purchase it eventually," he said. — Bernama





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