Archive for June, 2008

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…

Penang State is the first CAT government in Malaysia

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM) Northern Branch has recently organized its 15th anniversary dinner. The event was attended by more than 250 members of ISM and the guest of honor of the event was the newly appointed Penang Chief Minister Mr Lim Guan Eng. During the function when speaking to members of the ISM and guest, the Chief Minister acknowledged the role of the Surveying Profession within the construction industry comprises 4 main divisions ie GLS, PCVS, QS and BS and hopes to establish close relationship with professional bodies and invites qualified professionals to sit in the Penang Tender Board’s Committee.

The Chief Minister stressed that the new state administration of Penang is a CAT government, Competency, Accountability and Transparency and Penang will lead to be the first state government that adopts the CAT governing philosophy.

On foreign investments, Mr Lim disclosed that two foreign companies from Japan and USA have confirmed their investments in Penang. It was later reported in the media ie. Japanese firm invests RM1.2b and Honeywell to invest RM115m in Penang. The new administration hopes to achieve RM3.1 billion foreign investment this year.

Earlier, the state government has endorsed the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency Act which empowers the agency to implement plans for the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) to speed up economic development in the region and federal projects in Penang. More at Penang supports NCER agency act.

To know more about Penang’s new Chief Minister, there is a blog that provides a compilation of media reports and press statements since March 2008, click here.

Guest and Members of the ISM Northern Branch at the 15th anniversary dinner..

Chief Minister of Penang YAB Lim Guan Eng addressing members of ISM