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The Development of Batu Kawan and its land price trends

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Batu Kawan is on the national attention following the official opening of the Second Penang Bridge by the Malaysian Prime Minister on 1st March 2014. It is officially known as Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge.blog.intproperties.com have gathered relevant information and researched the chronological events on the development of Batu Kawan to track its past pricing trends of land transactions from the time Batu Kawan Island was acquired to the present time of the completion and opening of Second Penang Bridge.(Map of Second Penang Bridge).

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second-penang-bridge-011

Background Information

Batu Kawan used to be an oil palm estate previously owned by Batu Kawan Berhad (BKB). On 8th February 1991, the Penang state government has gazetted Batu Kawan Estate under section 8 of the land acquisition act 1960.

In 1992, the entire 5,260 acre Batu Kawan was acquired by Penang State Government through the Land Office Administrator of South Seberang Perai District for a sum of RM53,197,974 or RM8,167 per acre awarded as compensation.

BKB filed the case to the Penang High Court and the judge reviewed the land acquisition and increased the award of compensation to RM15,000.00 per acre (RM15,000 X 5,260 acres = RM78,900,000.00) on 9th October 1995.

Not satisfied with the compensation, BKB pursued the matter to the Court of Appeal but was dismissed on 22th Sept 1997.

Subsequently, BKB took the matter up to the Federal Court seeking higher compensation of RM40,000 per acre but was dismissed by Federal Court on 11th September 2001. BKB exhausted all the legal means which took them 9 years and finally settled with the compensation of RM15,000.00 per acre(Analysed to RM0.34 psf). The Federal Court judge held that the revised compensation of RM15,000.00 as at that time in 1992 is the “Adequate compensation” on the premise that the land is an agricultural estate land with remote potentiality for any development.

Past Events and Transactions

In Feb 1996, BKB set up a joint venture vehicle with a 60%-owned joint venture company, Padova Corporation Sdn Bhd (“Padova”), with the Penang Development Corporation (“PDC”) whereby Padova has entered into a Land Purchase Agreement with the PDC.

Under this Agreement, Padova was to purchase from PDC 740 acres of former estate land on Batu Kawan Island for a sum of RM50 million for property development(analysed to RM1.55 psf). The land was part of the Company’s Batu Kawan Estate, which was compulsorily acquired by the State Government in 1992 and a sum of RM40 million has been paid to PDC under the Agreement. However, due to economic downturn, the plans for property development in the area were reviewed while the Land Purchase Agreement has been terminated.

On 9th May 2002, Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd (ANSB) submitted tender for Penang Turf Club’s relocation and sale of Batu Gantung land. ANSB proposed to build a new race-course for the Penang Turf Club at a 250-acre site at Batu Kawan. On 25th November 2002 – Turf Club EGM approved sale of Turf Club land in Batu Gantung and proposed acquisition of Batu Kawan site for relocation of Penang Turf Club.

On 16th Jan 2004 – PDC entered into a Principle agreement to sell several parcels of land in Batu Kawan, totaling 750 acres to ANSB. The development was planned in six different phases, each divided into Parcels 1, 2A, 2B 3A, 3B and 4 respectively of which mixed development projects were planned on Parcels 1, 2A, 2B 3A, and 3B measuring 450 acres in total. The development of Parcel 4 was confined to the development of a Penang International Equesterian Centre (PIEC) measuring approximately 300 acres. The purchase consideration for Parcel 4 was reported as RM46 million (analysed to RM3.52 psf).

On 8th March 2008, The DAP-led Pakatan Rakyat took over the Penang State Government administration.

In September 2008, CM Lim Guan Eng and 52-member delegation went to Korea for its first oversea trade investment mission. After the trip, it was widely reported that an MOU between PDC and Korean Group DK ENC has been signed to build a US$ 100 million (RM350 million)golf course in Batu Kawan. However, the deal fizzled out after a memorandum of understanding (MoU)on the project,signed between PDC and South Korean-based DK ENC Company Ltd lapsed.

batu kawan golf course

batu kawan golf course

In year 2009/2010, land acquisition process began on private lands in the Batu Kawan locality affected by the Second Penang Bridge alignment and road linkages to North South Highway and were awarded compensation at a rate of RM8-10 psf.

On 5th April 2011, CM Lim Guan Eng announced the sale of Batu Kawan Land TO ABAD NALURI SDN BHD(ANSB) after a re-negotiation process with ANSB since 2008 to proceed with the development of the remaining parcels since the S&P Agreements for Parcels 2B, 3A and 3B were yet to be signed. After serious negotiations and discussions between both parties, a decision was finally made and agreed upon by both parties in early 2011.

It was reported that the change in the development of Parcel 4 from the PIEC to the proposed mixed development has benefited PDC by enhancing the value of the land from RM3.05 psf to RM4.77 psf amounting to an increased value of RM22,500,000.00.(Approximately 56% increase in value of the land)- Click here for more info.

On 27th June 2011, CM Lim Guan Eng held a press conference and announced that an industrial park catering for SME with 150 acres will be established at the Batu Kawan Industrial Park(1,600 acres) and 67 acres acres for SMEs opened for sale as backbone for solar and renewable energy industries. The current sales price of SME industrial land in Batu Kawan Industrial Park is priced at RM30 psf.

batu kawan industrial park

batu kawan industrial park

On 23rd August 2011, CM Lim Guan Eng unveiled that PDC has allocated 200 acre site in Batu Kawan for the proposed Mega housing project of which at least 7,300 affordable housing units will be built over a period of 5-7 years at a density of 55 units per-acre.

mega housing at batu kawan

mega housing at batu kawan

On 16th February 2012-Ground breaking ceremony for HDB designed affordable homes was held at Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan- Video.

On 29th February 2012, a signing ceremony was held between Robert Bosch with PDC for the purchase of a parcel of industrial land for RM58 million. 20% of the purchase price has been paid in December 2011. The land is estimated to be 35.2 or 87 acres(Analysed to RM15.30 psf).

In September 2012, Equine Capital Bhd, the controlling company of ANSB, changed its name to Global Oriental(GOB). GOB still has a remaining 350 acres of leasehold land in Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan.

On 10th October 2012, Malton Berhad announced that Silver Setup Sdn Bhd (”SSSB”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malton, had entered into a Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) with Batu Kawan Development Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd) (”BKDSB”) for the proposed joint development of a piece of land situated at Batu Kawan, Mukim 13, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang (“Land”), measuring approximately 300 acres (“Joint Venture”).

The proposed development under the JDA is expected to comprise mixed commercial and residential development (“Proposed Development”). Based on the preliminary plans, the gross development value of the Proposed Development is estimated to be RM3.8 billion.

The Proposed Development is expected to be carried out and completed in phases over 10 years from the date of issuance of the title of the Land, subject to extension as may be approved by the PDC.

Details of the Joint Venture Entitlements under the Proposed Development :-

BKDSB’s entitlement under the JDA is 18% of the Gross Development Value of the Proposed Development, subject to not less than RM300 million, which represents the minimum return expected by BKDSB from the Joint Venture. Whilst SSSB shall be entitled to the remaining 82% of the Gross Development Value of the Proposed Development. Under the JDA, SSSB is solely responsible to meet the costs of the Proposed Development. Upon signing of the JDA, SSSB has paid a sum of RM20 million as deposit to BKDSB as part of BKDSB’s entitlement under the JDA (“Deposit”).

On 28th March 2013, after slightly more than a year, Media reported that Bosch Solar Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd has decided to shelve its plan to invest RM2.2 billion in a new mono-crystalline solar cell plant at Batu Kawan Industrial Park although a sales and purchase agreement had been signed between Bosch and PDC in December 2011 for a 35.2ha of land in Batu Kawan to build the plant, citing circumstances did not allow Bosch to proceed with the project.More on Bosch pull out.


In August 2013, PDC called for a request for proposal (RFP) for an international theme park and golf resort (with a minimum 18 holes). The RFP is for the purchase and lease of a total 685 acres of land – 215 acres for the theme park (west of Batu Kawan) and 470 acres for the golf resort (north of Batu Kawan). Both projects are required to be completed within four years from the date of agreement. The entire development must be fully completed in 10 years. No new announcement on the outcome of this RFP yet.

On 12th October 2013, PDC signed a purchase and development agreement for the construction of a premium retail outlet in Bandar Cassia,Batu Kawan. The agreement, signed between PDC and developer PE Land Sdn Bhd, will see the nation’s second premium outlet after the Johor Premium Outlet. The premium outlet, costing about RM200mil, will be built on a plot of 16ha (39.54 acres) land that will also include a 300-room international-class hotel, cafes and food and beverage outlets, a landscaped garden as well as residential units. It was reported that the Payment for the land premium of RM65.34mil would be within three months.(Analysed to RM37.94 psf).

On 10th January 2014 – CM Lim Guan Eng announced IKEA’s Entry Into Batu Kawan with the sale of 245 acres of land for the purpose of development of an integrated shopping mall, anchored by an IKEA store to be developed by Ikano Pte Ltd, and mixed development of offices and residences to be developed jointly by Aspen-Ikano (a joint venture company to be formed by Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd and Ikano Pte Ltd).  The 245 acres development in Batu Kawan will include: 30 acres for the development of IKEA Store and phase 1 of the Shopping Mall 45 acres for the development of phase 2 of the Shopping Mall; and 170 acres for mixed development purposes (Remaining Parcels) The total land cost for the project is RM 483,951,600 and payment is to be made within 60 months from the date of Agreement. A RM 5 million non-refundable deposit has also being paid to PDC.

Off all the land dealings in Batu Kawan, this is considered as the landmark transaction of year 2014 which analysed to RM45.34 psf with payment terms of up to 5 years.

The last one year also witnessed several big players joining the bandwagon of acquiring lands in southern Seberang Perai in anticipation of the improved infrastructure networks with enhanced accessibility following the completion of Second Penang Bridge. Several reported land acquisition by established developers are :-

MAH Sing Group Bhd bought about 76.38 acres of freehold land in Jawi, Southern mainland Penang for RM42.59 million It was reported that the land was acquired at RM12.80 psf in December 2013 with payment terms within 18 months.

Another developer , Tambun Indah (TILB) acquired additional 21 acres freehold land at Pearl City of Bandar Tasek Mutiara.This came after the acquisition of a 24.1 acre land parcel also in the township a month earlier.The purchase consideration of MR12.7m translates into a land cost of MR14.00 psf, similar to the earlier transaction. Tambun Indah has an accumulated land bank of about 550 acres of Pearl City of Bandar Tasek Mutiara

IJM Land has also acquired 70 acres of land in Jawi, Southern mainland Penang for RM56 million (Analysed to RM18.50 psf ) in July 2013.

According to RHB Research, EcoWorld also bought about 60 acres of land located at the junction of Jalan Paboi and the old Simpang Ampat federal route, near Simpang Ampat, Southern Seberang Perai at over RM30 psf.

After a span of 22 years, Batu Kawan is poised for higher intensity of development with the recent opening of the Second Penang Bridge. There is no doubt that the construction of RM4.5 Bil Second Penang Bridge since 2008 have accelerated the development of Batu Kawan as evidenced by increased investments and land transactions over the past one year. Improved road networks and accessibility has significant impact on its land usability.Its zoning use from that of pure agricultural land in 1990’s has gradually maturing into lands with potential and suitable for housing and industrial use and likely to scale up to higher economic land usage such as commercial and mixed development township. So as its land prices which have surged significantly in recent years in tandem with the change of land usability, zoning and enhanced accessibility.

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Updates :

On 25th March 2014, Property developer Paramount Corp Bhd (PCB) signed an agreement with PDC to purchase 12.14ha ( about 30 acres)  of freehold land in Batu Kawan for a total of RM65.56 million to develop a university metropolis. It was reported the land cost for the 10 acres of land for education use ie. for development of KDU University College is RM40.50 psf whilst the land cost for the remaining 20 acres earmarked for integrated development is RM55.00 psf.

Under the agreement, PCB is required to commence and complete the development of the education component within 5 years whilst the integrated development is targeted for completion within 10 years from the agreement date.

4 Market indicators on Penang Property Sector 2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

1. More new property launches - More housing projects are being slated for launching in the second half of this year by established developers in Penang as there is growing optimism amongst housing developers and market players on the recovery of domestic economic and improving market outlook on the property sector. Read more at Penang gears up for more property launches.

2. Property transactions on the rise -According to NAPIC’s press release, there is an increase of 16% in terms of number of property transaction in 1st Quarter 2010 compared to the corresponding quarter in year 2009 whilst the total transaction values surged significantly, almost 49% from RM16.92bil to RM25.5bil. It is projected that the rise on the property transactions and total values are likely to continue for the forthcoming quarters. The overall property market performance this year is expected to be much better than year 2009 which have been marred by the world financial crisis.

3. Rebound in market demand -The rebound in market demand experienced by the Penang Property sector in the first half of this year is mainly attributable to the pent-up demand after a period of subdue market activities brought about by the impact of the world financial crisis.

Recent reports of higher take up and improving sales performances experienced by Penang’s established housing developers indicates that the market demand has indeed picked up and the demand trend is likely to remain firm in the short term as property investors are flocking back into the property market in anticipation of buoyant economic outlook as well as further price increase following the recent government’s move to implement gradual removal of subsidy on energy and raw materials.

Another factor that could fuel the buoyancy of the property market is the recent strong performance of the Bursa Malaysia KL Composite Index which have recovered over 1,400 points. The stock market has made substantial gains this year and this could boost the property sector.

A local research fund house predicted that Malaysia’s property sector is set to see its biggest residential boom in a decade. The property sector was already entering the early stage of a property “super cycle”. More at OSK bets on Malaysian Property boom.

The Economic Clock - Malaysia’s property sector is currently at the stage of 9 - 12

4. Rising home prices - There is a growing concern that home prices are getting costlier due to the cost push factor as most of the newly launched projects appeared to be in the category of upmarket segment offering luxury housing units.

Penang Island is facing very limited land bank for housing development particularly medium cost housing units and landed homes. With limited supply in land bank, land costs on the Penang Island keep rising and inevitably push up home prices to unprecedented range that go beyond the affordable levels of the majority of the island’s population. A Penang politician MP has recently voiced his concern on rising home prices and has urged the housing ministry to relook into the present housing policy. In the meantime, more parties are urging the state government to review and address the housing issues in Penang which may have an impact on brain drain of Penang employment. The rising prices of homes, if left unchecked, may result in gentrification. Urban gentrification is a phenomenon on socio-cultural changes in an area resulting from wealthier people buying up the housing units in a less prosperous community area.

Penang Property Guide : Is it better to buy or rent ?

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Many consider property, be it a landed home or stratified condominium unit, is a big ticket item which involves high capital and long term commitment, so the question of whether is it better to buy or rent is very much depends on one’s financial affordability and needs. www.intproperties.com looks into the advantages of owning a home versus renting.

Advantages of home ownership

i) Provide stability and certainty of stay for your family;
ii) Benefit of security and pride of home ownership;
iii) Freedom on choices of usage ie. for self-occupation or weekend second home or rent out;
iv) Built equity of your own home. Instead of paying rental monthly, you make repayments to the banks and gradually building up your home equity and ultimately owning the property after you redeem the property.
v) Hedge against inflation. Owing to the scarcity of landbank earmarked for new developments and growing population, demand for quality and affordable housing in established areas in Penang remains high which leads to higher home prices. In addition, the cost to build new housing stock continues to rise due to inflationary factor.
vi) Tax relief. Malaysians are eligible for tax relief of up to RM10,000.00 a year on loan interest payment to finance the purchase of property for three consecutive years subject to conditions that it is limited to one residential home for own occupation( not for rental) and the sale and purchase agreement is signed between March 10 2009 and December 31 2010. Besides, the government has further relaxed the EPF housing withdrawal guidelines beginning of January this year to encourage more Malaysians home seekers to own houses.

Advantages of renting

i)a cheaper and affordable way (less upfront costs) as you only need to come out with deposit payments equivalent to 3 months rental of which the security and utility deposits are refundable;
ii) Faster move in time unlike property purchase which takes 3-4 months to complete the deal and hand over the property.
iii) option of choosing length of stay according to tenant’s need ie. monthly or yearly tenancy ;
iv) No need to bear documentation costs such as legal fees for preparation of sale and purchase agreement and loan documents and stamping charges in connection with home ownership transfer and yearly taxes like assessment rates and quit rent.
v) No need to bear maintenance charges and structural repair costs either as these costs are also to be borne by the landlord.
vi) flexible of being relocated without having to worry about the empty home!

Recommended blogs on the advantages and disadvantages of Buying versus Renting, go to Renting vs Buying a home or Buying vs. Renting.

Whether renting is better than buying depends on many factors, including how fast prices rise and how long you will stay in your home. And now there is a new method rent-buy interactive calculator to compare the costs of buying and renting equivalent homes.

The methodology of the calculator keeps a running tally of the most common expenses of owning and renting. It also takes into account something known as lost opportunity costs — for example, the return you could have earned by investing your money instead of spending it on a down payment. The calculator assumes that the profit you would have made in your investments would be taxed as long-term capital gains and adjusts the bottom line accordingly. The calculator tabulates lost opportunity costs for all parts of the buying and renting scenarios.

This rent-buy interactive calculator allows home seekers to do their own comparisons on renting versus buying whereby you can i)  adjust the annual home price change and annual rental rates according to local market conditions  and ii) change inputs or variables such as your rate of return on investments, condo/common fees and your tax bracket to find out whether the buying is better than renting or otherwise!

Whilst no one can accurately predict the future pricing/rental trend of the houses in a particular area, however, analysis to find out average house price index or its trends based on the past historical housing data of say past 10 years or 15 years or 20 years of a similar class of property in a specific housing area can be quantified.

In Malaysia, information on property pricing trends and rental movements, current and future supply and take up rates of various sub-sector of Malaysia property market can be obtained from the annual publication of Malaysia Property Market Report published by Department of Valuation and Property Services (JPPH) and NAPIC quarterly reports. Find out more at 6 websites that property investors need to know in Malaysia. It would be good that a similar calculator can be generated in Malaysia using our very own housing data.

Views of new completed housing schemes in mainland Penang

Villa Cendana 2 ( Cendana Permai) at Juru

Dedaun - another housing scheme by PDC at Batu Kawan

Land For Sale ! Hectare, Acre, Relong or Rai ?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

In my many years of practice, I have come across land owners who are unsure about the exact land areas and even boundaries of the lands they own whilst some are confused with the land area conversion units from acre to hectare or relong to hectare and vice versa as different states have different adoption of land area measurement system.

www.intproperties.com blogs into this subject of land area conversion units with an aim to give you a better understanding and guides on the current land area conversion units commonly used in the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia ie Penang, Kedah and Perlis as well as the neighbouring country of Thailand.

Hectare, Acre, Relong or Rai

Although Malaysia has officially adopted a metric system since 1982, the British’s imperial units and local units are also very much in use. The computerisation of land titles registration in land offices in Malaysia over the last two decades and the implementation of E Tanah system have replaced much of the old titles and have used International System (SI) unit of hectare in land registrations.

The old unit of acre, which is non-SI, is still widely use in Penang State whilst relong is the local unit commonly used by the people in the Kedah and Perlis States. A browse on the land for sale listing posted on Malaysia’s popular portal of mudah.com shows that relong is still widely use in Kedah. 

In Kedah and Perlis, the early system of land tenure was influenced more by the ancient Thai Law of Property than by the Malay Customary Law. From an early date, ‘surat putus’ (or document of title) was issued by Sultans. Originally, these ‘surat putus’ was a written decision of ‘hakim’ or judge of the state following an ownership dispute, countersigned by the Sultan. The documents recorded the evidence submitted and the decision made together with the dimensions and area of the land concerned and a rough description of its locality and abuttals. The earliest survey of property lots started by 1912 in Kedah.

Whilst in Penang, the land registration inherited the British land tenure system. The English Law of Real Property and Conveyancing continued to be used until they were repealed and substituted with a system of Registration of Titles under the present National Land Code (Penang and Malacca Titles) Act, 1963. More at related article of history of land system.

Across the border to southern Thailand, the common land measurement is Rai. A Rai (Thai ไร่) is a unit of area, equal to 1,600 square metres (40 m × 40 m), used for measuring land area. Its current size is precisely derived from the metre, but is neither part of nor recognized by the modern metric system, the International System (SI). 1 Acre = 2.5 Rai, 1 hectare = 6.25 Rai. Guide on land measurement conversion in Thailand.

In UK, although the non-SI unit of acre is still in use, it will no longer be allowed when land is being registered come January 2010 in compliance with EU Metric Directive-European Union abolishes the British acre.

For advisory on land investments in Malaysia and Penang Properties, email to us at Izrin & Tan Properties Sdn. Bhd. or call us at +604 6588333 (Penang Office) or +603 92839782 (Kuala Lumpur Office) and we would be pleased to assist.

HOW TO CALCULATE LAND MEASUREMENT

SI units (Metric )
1 hectare = 10,000 sq meters

Non SI units
1 acre = 43,560 square foot
1 hectare = 2.471 acres

1 relong = 30,976 square feet
1 relong = 484 jempa
1 jempa = 64 sq ft
1 hectare = 3.4748 relong
1 acre = 4 rood
1 rood = 40 pole
1 rood = 10,890 sq. feet
1 pole = 272.25 sq. feet
1 sq meter = 10.76381 sq feet

Example 1
Land Area 5a 2r 20p = 5 + 0.5 + 0.125 = 5.625 acres x 43,560 square feet
= 245,025 square feet
= 22,763.80 square metes
= 2.2763 hectares

Example 2
Agricultural land in Kedah
Land Area 15 relong 50 jempa = 15 x 30,976 square feet + 50 x 64 square feet
= 467,840 square feet
= 43464.16 square metres
= 4.3464 hectares

Example of site plans attached in the old titles in Kedah and Perlis- with unit measurements in both relong and acre

Example of old land titles in Kedah issued in 1950’s

Safeguarding property ownership rights

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Penang property owners beware! According to the recently released Auditor-General’s Report 2007 on activities and special studies of Penang State’s government agencies and reports prepared by Penang State Department of Land and Mines, the auditor findings disclosed that there are several land forgery cases recorded in Penang State. Apart from the one landmark case Boonsom Bunyanit vs Adorna Properties Sdn.Bhd, there are also a number of fraudulent cases involving lands in the State.

According to the report, there are 7 cases of signature forgery on transfer form (Borang 14A) and fraudulent land transfers detected and the properties identified are located in both Penang Island and mainland Seberang Perai whilst another 4 cases involving forgery of documents relating to court order, more at Auditor-General’s Report 2007 (page 129 -132, Table 50 & 51). And the shocking revelation is the opinion of the auditor :-

“Pada pendapat Audit, Pejabat Tanah Dan Galian tidak dapat mengesan kesahihan dan ketulenan dokumen yang dikemukakan bagi urusan tanah kerana kakitangan Pejabat tidak ada kemahiran dalam bidang tersebut. Hak pemilik tanah tidak terjamin apabila berlaku pemalsuan dalam urusan tanah.”

(In the opinion of the auditor, The Department of Land and Mines could not detect the validity and authenticity of the documents presented for land dealings because the department staff does not have the expertise in this field. The rights of the land owners can not be guaranteed when forgery in land dealing occurs).

In light of the above, Penang land and property owners are advised not to take things for granted and to exercise caution on the safekeeping of their property title deeds and conduct regular title searches and seek reputable solicitor advice.

Amendment to Section 340 National Land Code

According to Ministry of Internal Security’s reply in Parliament house on 9 July 2007, the number of case of fraudulent signature for land title transfer recorded during the period 2001 till May 2007 are 16 cases in 2001, 19 cases in 2002, 22 cases in 2003, 32 cases in 2004, 35 cases in 2005 and 40 cases in 2006 and 16 cases up to May 2007. The statistics disclosed that forgery of land titles and land scams are on the rise. In a move to safeguard and protecting the landowners, Malaysia’s Bar Council has taken a lead and submitted a memorandum to the then Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid on July 24 last year. It is understood that in the memorandum, the Bar Council proposed several amendments to be made to the relevant sections of the National Land Code (NLC), especially Sections 340(3) and (4) and 187B. Bar Council welcomes move by government to amend s 340 NLC and is expected to be amended by year end.

For advisory on individual property purchases and rentals of Penang properties, email to us at Izrin & Tan Properties Sdn. Bhd. or call us at +604 6588333 (Penang Office) or +603 92839782 (Kuala Lumpur Office) and we would be pleased to assist.

Penang’s new policy on land conversion

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The new Penang state government land policy seeks to encourage Penangites to become permanent landowners and boosting commercial and industrial growth. Under the new policy, industrial landowners in Penang can apply to extend their lease period from the present maximum 60 years to 99 years, while owners of leasehold residential lands can apply to convert their land to freehold status. More at We will be fair in land conversion.

The conditions and procedure for conversion are here and here.[Update : The official guidelines (Bahasa Malaysia version) on the new land conversion policy and the application form (Borang 12A) is now available and can be downloaded from the website of Penang State's Department of Land and Mines].

Land owners can begin submitting individual applications after June 15 to change the status of their land titles.

And here are the views and comments on the state’s new land conversion policy from man on the street, local community leaders, property consultants and housing developers to legal practitioners.

The move is expected to benefit industrial land owners or companies to secure financing to expand their factories as presently commercial banks are less keen to provide banking facilities to industrial lands and factories with short leasehold tenure of less than 30 years as collaterals.

Industrial/Housing schemes to benefit from this new land conversion policy

Industrial lands and factories in Penang’s Industrial Parks developed by Penang Development Corporation (PDC) are alienated on 60 years lease. These industrial parks are Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Mak Mandin Industrial Park, Seberang Jaya Industrial Park, Prai Industrial Park, Bukit Tengah Industrial Park and newly developed Bukit Minyak Industrial Park.

Whilst PDC’s housing schemes are mostly leasehold properties of 99 years namely Bandar Bayan Baru and Bandar Seberang Jaya, Taman Pelangi and Komtar development area in Georgetown.

Other notable housing schemes built on state alienated lands of 99 years lease are Techware’s condominium schemes along the Sungai Nibong coastal area ie Gold coast, Putera Marine, Villa Emas, Putera Place and IJM’s housing schemes ie Tmn Sri Damai, Alphine tower, Parkview tower, Lakeside, Ocean view, The Spring etc. Others such as Mewah Court, Midland condo, Mutiara Idaman, Mutiara Heights, Pangsapuri Tanjung Tokong and Sri Saujana at Harbour city.

However, owners of leasehold high rise stratified units seeking to obtain freehold rights may have to be patient until the state government resolved legal matters with the Federal Government. More at Freehold land applications now on hold.

Several high profile townships such as the Seri Tanjung Pinang and Bayan Bay development (both on the Penang Island) and 456-acre Bandar Perda township and Bayu Mutiara in Bukit Mertajam of mainland Penang have since been granted conversion from leasehold to Freehold status. Related link at Penang projects to gain from conversion.

For more insights on Malaysia’s land administration policy, a recommended website by Ministry of natural resources and environment provides resources on Malaysia’s current land administration process, types of land titles , classification of lands etc.

For advisory on individual property investments in Penang, email to us at Izrin & Tan Properties Sdn. Bhd. or call us at +604 6588333 (Penang Office) or +603 92839782 (Kuala Lumpur Office) and we would be pleased to assist.

Aerial view of the Perai Industrial Park in central mainland Penang and its coastline. The development of the industrial parks in Penang since 1970’s have transformed Penang into the biggest industrial hub in the northern Peninsular Malaysia.

Bandar Perda, a privatized 456-acre housing project in central Seberang Perai which have been granted Freehold status…

Real estate in Penang set to boom

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The dynamics of today’s economy are demanding. In an increasingly borderless world where foreign investments are needed for wealth creation, a premium location is one which is both commerce and entertainment driven.

Featured article by The Star online on penang property outlook and MM2H.

Read more at Real estate in Penang set to boom

Focus on Penang Property and Housing-Part I

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

According to the Draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020, the estimated housing stock for Penang State as at year 2005 totals 470,331 units. During the period 1994 – 2005, the Penang state government has approved the construction of about 121,000 units of houses. The report also stated that a total of 185,000 units of houses of various types or at an average of 12,300 units a year will be built until year 2020.

Penang needs to develop 5,000 hectares of land within the next 15 years to cater for development of which 4,500 hectares of the land earmarked for development are located in high potential areas. In order to achieve balance and sustainable development over the next 15 years, there is a need to balance development at the ratio of 30% on the island and 70% on the mainland Seberang Perai.

Penang Island, a relatively small island covering an area of 293 square kilometers with a population of 678, 000 (year 2005), has limited usable lands for development as major part of the Island is under conservation and classified as environmentally sensitive areas ie. hill lands, forest reserves and water catchments areas. The limited usable lands are mainly located along the eastern Island stretching from Tanjong Tokong area to down south Bayan Baru / Sungai Ara area.

Owing to high land cost and limited usable land for development on the Penang Island, reclamation activities at designated coastal areas such as Bayan Baru, Jelutong and Tanjung Tokong will be continued to expand the land bank on the Island. Several man-made islands around Tanjong Tokong and Jelutong coastal areas will also be created via land reclamation. New locational hotspots for potential housing development are situated towards the south-western part of the Island, these areas include Sungai Ara, Gertak Sanggul, Teluk Kumbar and Balik Pulau.

In the mainland Seberang Perai, bulk of usable lands for development are centred at Batu Kawan-Jawi area (South Seberang Perai) and Bertam -Kepala Batas (North Seberang Perai) and Seberang Jaya-Permatang Nibong (Central Seberang Perai). Other potential areas as stated in the report include Valdor, Juru and Bukit Minyak.

The future housing trends on the Island will continue to see more high density flatted developments being built whilst piecemeal housing developments will be taking place in new growth areas at the southern part of the Island. More smaller scale but high value niche housing schemes offering new lifestyles, themes and concepts with buzzwords such as super condos, condovillas, gated and guarded communities, waterfront courtyard terraced homes, super-link houses, landed garden villas, supreme and premium bungalows may emerge in prime locations at the suburbs of Georgetown and coastal areas of Bayan Bay, Gurney Drive and Tanjong Tokong. Old settlement areas in prime locations will also be make way for high rise flatted developments whilst in the inner city of Georgetown but within the ambit of heritage conservation zones, any redevelopment will be subject to heritage preservation guidelines.

The mainland Seberang Perai will see the emergence of large scale integrated township developments ie.Bandar Cassia in Batu Kawan which is planned to be the third largest township after Bandar Bayan Baru on the Island and Bandar Seberang Jaya in Central Seberang Perai as well as transformation of several other townships such as Bandar Bertam, Bandar Perda dan Bandar Tasek Mutiara. Unlike Penang Island, the future housing trend for mainland Seberang Perai will continue to see more landed properties with features of modern township amenities and services and parks (2 and 3 storey terraced and semi-detached houses and bungalows) being built as landed properties are still the preferred choice.

The future housing trends for Penang Island; more high rise flatted developments and high value niche housing schemes..

Focus on Penang Property and Housing – Part II ( To be continued)

Public Hearing on Draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

The Penang State Government has unveiled the Draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020 in September 2006. The draft plan, which was prepared by Penang State Town and Country Planning Department, is a written blueprint consists of the state’s policy, direction and strategic proposals on development and land use until year 2020. The last Structure Plan for Penang Island and the mainland Seberang Perai was gazetted on 14th June 1990 and 19th September 1993 respectively.

Following the month-long public display of the Draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020, a total of 84 respondents have forwarded their views and objections to the Penang State Town and Country Planning Department. The respondents comprises of representatives from government agencies, political parties, NGOs, various resident associations, REHDA, housing developers and individuals etc.

Consequently, in accordance with Section 10 (3)(b), Malaysia’s Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172), a public hearing has been held at Mutiara Room 2, 29th Floor, KOMTAR during the period from 11th to 22nd December 2006 whereby each respondent was given half an hour time to present their objections and views on the Structure Plan to the public objections hearing committee. The structure plan is expected to be gazetted this year after the draft report together with the feedbacks and objections gathered during the hearing have been submitted to the higher authority for approval.

Respondents expressing their views /objections to the public hearing committee;

Please come back again for more insights on the Penang property and housing development – its future trends and directions and where are the locational hotspots as expounded in the Penang Structure Plan…(To be continued).