GEORGETOWN, April 21 – YAB Lim Guan Eng wish to commend Eco World Development Group Bhd for the fine work done in restoring heritage on the EcoWorld Gallery in Jalan Macalister. Apart from the honour of George Towi being a Unesco World Heritage site, there is something else that Penangites are very proud of and that is the architectural wonder of the Penang Bridge. The first Penang Bridge was then the longest bridge in Asia and the 5th largest in the world at that time, helping to close the gap between the island and the mainland, with easier access and connectivity for the people.
Who would have thought that three decades later, Penang would celebrate yet another iconic landmark with the construction of a second bridge, from Batu Maung on penang lsland to Batu Kawan on the Prai side. Opened on 1 March 2014, the second bridge now holds the record for the longest in Southeast Asia at 24km. lt has become the catalyst in opening up the southern part of mainland Penang, and the emergence of the new satellite township of Batu Kawan.
The Penang state government is committed to building up Batu Kawan as the most modern satellite township in Malaysia. In industry and services, the Batu Kawan lndustrial Park has already attracted industry giants such as Bose System Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Automative Lighting Sdn Bhd, Boon Siew Honda and VAT Manufacturing Malaysia to set up their manufacturing plants there. ln education, we have Hull University from UK and our local KDU University. ln commerce and retail, there is the branded designer’s retail outlets and of course lkea opening up its first flagship store in the Northern region.
Finally, in property, we are pleased to announce this morning, we have EcoWorld. We witness the letter of award by Penang Development Corporation to EcoWorld for the development of 470 acres of land in Batu Kawan to be known as Eco Marina, comprising 150 acres of hill land will be a golf course and the remainder 320 acres of mixed development. This is conducted through an open tender and EcoWorld will be paying RM796 million to PDC.
Eco Marina, a gated & guarded strata township promises to be a new benchmark for residential, lifestyle and commercial developments in Penang. With its unique 2.Skm coastline and a 1S0-acre golf course that also serves as a green lung – Eco Marina is set to emerge as another must-visit tourist destination for the state. ln our quest to be an international and intelligent city, the Penang State Government must ensure inclusive growth to bring about balanced development. We believe that EcoWorld fits the bill due to its proven track record, experienced management and competent leadership led by Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin.
We hope that this project will help to make Batu Kawan as a destination of choice for tourists, location of choice for investors and habitat of choice for human talent in a most attractive place to live, learn, work, play. Batu Kawan and Seberang Perai can help drive Penang’s economic growth, create job opportunities and provide balanced and inclusive growth not only on the island but also on the mainland.