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500 MW Quota for NEM Up To Year 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, compared with the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said there are over 4.12 million buildings with solar rooftop potential in the peninsula. If all these...

Penang’s Youth Park: Malaysia’s First Adventure Playground

One Monday morning in June 1970, Dr Lim Chong Eu, then Chief Minister of Penang, marched into his office at the top floor of the Tuanku Syed Putra Building in Downing Street, George Town. As usual, he had a newspaper under his arm and a few files in his hand, followed by his “office boy”, the elderly Samy, carrying his bulging leather briefcase. He had to pass by my desk outside his office....

Triple Assessment Rate for Unsightly Properties

OWNERS of unattended and unkempt property will have to pay triple the amount in assessment rates. Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the penalty would be applicable to both landed and commercial property. He said the amendment, which was passed by the council during a meeting recently, would come into effect once it has secured approval from the Penang government. He said...

Au Jardin Penang Restaurant by Chef Kim Hock

“There’s no place like home"- so goes Dorothy’s iconic mantra from The Wizard of Oz, repeated as she clicked her ruby red slippers while wishing herself back to Kansas. Indeed one could the same of Chef Kim Hock’s professional trajectory which has taken him from working in some of UK’s finest gastropubs, to finding recognition in Taiwan as San Pellegrino’s Best Young...

Vision Penang 2030

HOW should Penang be in the future? The Penang2030 guide outlines the vision, themes and strategic initiatives for the state to move forward. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang2030 was an approach that was undertaken after a series of consultations and stakeholders engagements. “We want to encourage the people to take part in realising Penang2030. The people are responsible for their...

Penang LRT project to start in 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- Construction of the proposed Komtar-Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, part of Penang’s multi-billion ringgit Transport Master Plan (PTMP), is expected to begin next year. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project is currently awaiting conditional approval by the Transport Ministry, which would likely be obtained soon. He said a team from the...

History Behind Penang’s Popular Ferry Service

PULAU Talang Talang sedia untuk berlepas (Pulau Talang Talang is ready to depart),” the voice booms over the public announcement system. This is quickly followed by two short blasts of the ship’s horn. Almost immediately, the entire vessel starts to shudder as its powerful engines below deck effortlessly nudge the submerged propellers to life. Fortunate to get a choice position right next to...

Malaysia, Thailand make top 10 in global retirement survey

Retirement is one of the major motivating factors for Chinese buyers who decide to purchase property overseas, so news that two Southeast Asian nations have been included in an annual top ten list of the best places in the world to retire should be seen as welcome news. Property developers and real estate agencies in Malaysia, which was ranked in 5th place, and in Thailand, ranked 9th, should...

Escape Park Operator Earning Surge Fourfolds

Sim Leisure Group, the Malaysian theme park operator that debuted on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange on Mar 1, today announced that its FY18 earnings have surged more than fourfold to RM6.05 million ($2.0 million), compared to RM1.29 million in FY17. This came on the back of its revenue more than doubling to RM21.2 million from RM9.68 million a year ago. The increase in revenue was...

Firevase is a Vase That Doubles as a Fire Extinguisher

Created by subsidiaries of the Samsung corporation and distributed across South Korea, this unassuming flower vase doubles up as a throwable fire extinguisher. Appearing to be an ordinary decorative vase made from translucent red glass, the extinguisher is designed to blend into the interior where it can be within easy reach in case of an emergency. The simple design holds a...