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Monday, 29 August 2011

Unfair of Berjaya to criticise Dr Koh on 1993 project - #malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Corporation was rapped for criticising Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Koh Tsu Koon on a decision to scrap its plan to develop Penang Hill in 1993.

Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) president SM Mohamed Idris said it was unfair for Berjaya to criticise Dr Koh’s government administration at that time for its decision on the plan by Berjaya.

“Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Berjaya Land chief executive officer Datuk Francis Ng had twisted the facts and did not divulge the proposal to develop Penang Hill, in September 1990, in full.

“The original plan by the developer involved several large scale projects on a 360-hectare site on the hill including two large hotels, a condominium, an acropolis complex at the peak with shopping and sport centres, movie theatres and night clubs, more than 300 units of houses and chalets, a golf course and others,” he said in a statement, here, yesterday. — Bernama

Mohamed said the announcement of the development proposal by Berjaya drew an outcry from the people of Penang which led to the setting up of the unofficial, Friends of Penang Hill (FPH), including CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia.

He said in a public petition, FPH asked the authorities to review the project while a public forum was also held to save Penang Hill from the plan by Berjaya.

Following this, Mohamed said the state government did not allow Berjaya to proceed with its project and asked the local authorities to prepare a local plan for Penang Hill which was subject to public scrutiny and comment. — Bernama


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