Monday, April 21, 2008

Projects on fast track - The Star

April 21, 2008 by Christina Chin

THE Penang Government will reduce bureaucratic red tape to minimise delays to developers.

However, the undertaking must be carried out in line with transparency, competency and accountability, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said.

“We met with several quarters recently including the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda).

Housing the people: (From left) Khor and Chow handing over a mock key to Alila residents' representatives.

“The feedback we received is that the developers would like to receive speedier response from the Government especially in terms of approval,” he said, adding that the input received by the state from several NGOS had been “invaluable”.

“We understand developing a project is very time-consuming and we want to help make it easier for the developers.

“We are determined to improve the standard of living for the people and hope developers will build more affordable housing for the community and not neglect the environment when planning their projects,” he said after officiating at Hunza Properties’ Alila Horizon key presentation ceremony on Thursday night.

Also present were Hunza Pro-perties Bhd executive chairman Datuk Khor Teng Tong, Chief Minister’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Abdul Malik Kassim.

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