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Will 'medical city' become 'hotel city', Gerakan asks Penang govt

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government was today asked on whether it planned to modify the proposed “medical city” to “hotel city” if the Health Ministry did not approve the application for a hospital expansion project at Peel Avenue here.

Acting state Gerakan Youth chief Jason Loo said this was because applications had been submitted to the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to develop a hotel, medical suites and hospital on the 2.56ha Peel Avenue land.

"Will the DAP-led Penang government proceed with the hotel project if the ministry does not approve the application for the hospital's expansion project?

"Since the state government sold the land to Island Hospital in December 2016, knowing clearly the whole idea is to develop a hotel, medical suites and hospital, why didn't they conduct a public hearing to seek the nearby residents' views before they signed the agreement to sell the land?

"By doing so, the residents would have the chance to give their views before the state government sold the government land without an open tender," he told newsmen here today.

It was reported that the state-land was sold by the Chief Minister Incorporated to Island Hospital Sdn Bhd for a 99-year lease for RM156 million.

There was a hue and cry by various quarters after it was revealed that the land was sold without an open tender.

Island Hospital had allegedly submitted its application for a 33-storey hotel. However, the MBPP has yet to approve the application.

Loo demanded to know why the state government was in a hurry to re-zone the land in April this year into commercial land when the approval for licence from the ministry had yet to be granted.

"Since the land has been re-zoned to commercial land, will the state government cancel the rezoning if the ministry's approval is not granted?

"If the state government can't cancel the re-zoning decision even if the ministry's approval is not granted, will they in future approve other commercial projects, such as hotels and commercial buildings or high density condominiums, on the said piece of land?"

Yesterday, Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey admitted that there was a proposal for a hotel on the controversial Peel Avenue land, but clarified that the proposal had yet to be approved by the council.

“Island Hospital has applied to the council for approval for the hotel but the council has yet to approve the proposal,” she was quoted as saying.

According to Yap, the proposed hotel is 33-storey building with 440 rooms which will also include a six-storey car park and not 40-storey as claimed.

 

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/08/272139/will-medical-city-become-hotel-city-gerakan-asks-penang-govt

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