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Fire Sale of two commercial buildings in Penang

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Property investors now have the opportunity to acquire assets at fire sale prices from Danaharta. There are two striking landmark commercial buildings located in the heart of Bukit Mertajam town in Central Province Wellesley of Penang being put up for sale again at fire sale prices by Prokhas in its 2nd tender exercise starting from 5th July to 4th August 2010.

Brief info on Plaza Utama

Brief info on City Parade

These two assets are possibly the last tranche of residual recovery asset of Danaharta. conducted a research on the background of these two assets and its indicative values ..


Plaza Utama development commenced in Nov 1995 and completed in 1997. The 5-storey departmental store of Plaza Utama was opened for business in early 1997 together with many other smaller retail lots (sold to individual buyers). The Hotel block of Plaza Utama commenced business on January 23, 2008 and the development value of the entire Plaza Utama is RM230 Million according to an article published by The Sun as follows:-

Owing to the onslaught of the 1997-1998 financial crisis, Plaza Utama ceased business operation after a short stint of about 1-2 years and subsequently, the bad loan of Plaza Utama was acquired by Danaharta. More related info at my earlier blog - Impacts of Global Financial Crisis vis-a-vis Asian Financial Crisis on Penang property sector.

This completed skyscraper formed by a nine-level retail podium and 14-level office cum hotel tower capped off by a helipad sits on 2.88 acres of freehold land. Within Plaza Utama are 661 car-parking bays; 286,000sq ft of retail space made up of 23 shoplots, three areas previously designated for supermarket use and three whole floors; 112,500sq ft of office space consisting of 19 suites and nine whole floors; and 188 business-class hotel rooms at the top-most floors of the tower.

It was reported that when Plaza Utama first put up for sale in year 2000, the indicative value was more than RM50 Million. In year 2004, its indicative value was revised to RM42.1 Million. There is no taker despite being put up for sale in the market (By Danaharta until 31/12/2005) and Prokhas for a period of about 10 years. And to-date, Prokhas Sdn Bhd, in its quest to dispose off the asset, has make substantial hair cut and fixed the minimum price at only RM15,913,800.00.( Analysed to RM39.90 per square foot).


City Parade is another completed commercial building which is similarly affected by the 1997-1998 financial crisis and ceased operation after opened for business for a short period and have remain vacant until the present time. It has a total of 135 retail lots with a combined floor area of 224,773 sq ft.

The reported indicative value of City Parade was RM28.3 Million in Danaharta’s 5th Property Tender document from 5th June 2001 till 4th July 2001. In 2003, the indicative value was revised to RM19.546 Million as per Danaharta’s 8th Property Tender Advertisement below.

Similarly, there is no taker despite being put up for sale in the market for more than a decade. And to-date, Prokhas has also make substantial hair cut and fixed a minimum price at RM5,488,100.00.( Analysed to RM24.40 per square foot).

With such attractive fire sale prices at deep discount from its indicative values, it is now opportunity at the right entry level for investors to explore the investment viability as well as its restoration or refurbishing costs of turnaround it into viable and usable building.  Act now and contact us at Izrin & Tan Properties Sdn Bhd ( A panel real estate agent of Prokhas Sdn Bhd) for further information and FREE investment advisory and factors that investors should look into before making investment decisions. Email me at, or SMS/CALL  +6012 4285453.

UPDATE (4/9/2010) - According to the tender results and information provided by Prokhas, Plaza UTAMA has been SOLD …

UPDATE (19/10/2010) - City Parade is currently put up for sale again by public auction scheduled on 26th October 2010. The reserve price is further revised to RM4,939,000.00 (RM22 per square foot) compared to last reserve price’s at RM5,488,100.00.( RM24.40 per square foot).

Queensbay Mall makes maiden entry into Penang retail sector

Monday, December 4th, 2006

With the completion and opening of Queensbay Mall in December 2006, the market witnessed the first time entry of AEON’s Jusco as the anchor tenant and several international known brand retail merchants into Penang retail scene. By end of 2007, there will be 2 Jusco stores in Penang. The second Jusco store, currently under construction, is located at the Central Mall in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam. Aeon to open second store in Penang state.

Meanwhile, Tesco is set to take over Makro stores in Malaysia. If the deal is successfully concluded, it’s Penang stores will increase to 3 ie. one existing store at Gelugor plus two newly acquired stores located in Sungai Dua of Penang Island and Seberang Jaya. Malaysia’s top retailer ; Diary Farm’s Giant have also make their presence in Penang with 2 stores whilst Carrefour has one existing store at Seberang Jaya.

Queensbay Mall, which was stalled for 8 years, is located within a waterfront mixed development scheme formerly known as Bayan Bay, has been revived by CP Group in 2005. More information at related links on Queensbay Development and Queensbay brings shine to Penang