Proposed Peel Avenue hotel looking for investors, Gerakan wants Guan Eng to explain

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has demanded for an explanation from the state government if a proposed hotel, said to be built together with a hospital expansion project on the controversial Peel Avenue land here, is up for sale.

Its acting Youth chief Jason Loo said he has come across a sales brochure by Island Hospital, looking for investors to purchase shares of the hotel.

He claimed that Island Hospital would only hold five per cent of the hotel's shares, while the remaining 95 per cent would be owned by investors once the deal was completed.

"Penang government must come clean on this, what is actually going on in this land?

"Earlier Chief Minister (Lim Guan Eng) said that the land was sold without an open tender because the offer to buy the land came from a company which could invest RM2 billion and not many could afford it. Since the brochure came out, can he explain now?" he said at a press conference here.

On May 17, Lim revealed that the state government has sold a 6.4-acre land on Peel Avenue to Island Hospital Sdn Bhd for RM156 million.

A proposed RM2 billion Island Medical City will be built on the land in five years.

It is understood that the expansion project will see Island Hospital increasing its capacity from a 600-bed hospital to 1,000 beds.

Loo, who has strongly voiced his concerns over the issue, said that Penangites deserve to be enlightened on the matter as they have been kept in the dark about the sale and now, plans for the land.

"Is the proposed hotel deal the reason to not declassify the sales and purchase of the land? Is this why the rezoning to commercial land was done at a super-fast track speed back in April?

"Is this why the state government agreed to demolish heritage houses on the said land when the approval for hospital expansion is yet to be agreed? They must answer now," he added.





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