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No conditions imposed on project developers

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) does not impose conditions on project developers, including asking them to provide replacement housing for squatters before approving the plan.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee Chairman Chow Kon Yeow however said MPPP did ask developers to settle the problem with squatters as it was their responsibility.

"Whether it is in the form of squatter houses or compensation depends on agreement reached by both parties," he said when winding up 2011 Supply Bill in the state assembly here on Thursday, Nov 11.

Taking the Tanjung Tokong case as example, he said developer UDA Holdings decided to relocate the squatters to longhouses and rented premises.

"MPPP does not know whether UDA Holdings have agreed to include the squatters in the proposed project."

Chow also said MPPP was considering a plan to build 17 3-storey bungalows by Penang Turf Club.

As for Penang Global City Centre by Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd, the project was rejected on Aug 6, 2008 and that no new proposals were made.

The state government would consider replacing the names of roads with that of veteran Pakatan Rakyat leaders in recognition of their contribution.

"We will consider if there is written application. Changing the road names will need approval of the state geography and road name committee of local authorities (PBT)," he added.    -- Bernama

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