Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
A MEMORANDUM of understanding (MoU) between SMJK Jit Sin and a private developer has been extended by two more years to facilitate the building of a new branch school in south Seberang Prai.
The MoU, which would have expired in January next year, was extended now in a bid to get a nod from the Education Ministry to approve the construction of the new school.
School board chairman Datuk Seri Teh Aik Lum said the school had sought a licence from the ministry after developer Asas Dunia Bhd pledged a 3.2ha plot of land for the new school in January last year.
“So far, we have yet to receive approval,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference in Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s office at Komtar, Teh said that there was a need for a new school as the south Seberang Prai district did not have a single conforming school.
Asas Dunia managing director Datuk Jerry Chan said his company had agreed to donate the land on the condition that the school was able to obtain approval from the ministry within two years.
“We know Jit Sin is one of the top schools in
“However, we need help from both the Federal Government and the state government for the new school to materialise,” Chan said.
He added that the memorandum deadline was now extended to 2014 giving the school an extra two years to obtain the necessary licence.
Lim, who chaired the press conference, urged the Education Ministry not to prolong the issue.
“The site of the new school is near the place where the
“As a result, there is a dire need to cater for the boom in the population we expect to see in the same area,” he said.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday June 23, 2011
Robert Bosch to set up solar panel manufacturing facility in
By FINTAN NG
Batu Kawan, Penang, to mainly serve : Stuttgart-based technology company Robert Bosch GmbH is investing RM2.2bil in a solar panel manufacturing plant in 's growing demand for solar energy.
The new plant would provide employment opportunities for 2,000 people, which would be an increase of some 40% of Robert Bosch's current workforce in the country, said Robert Bosch solar energy division head andBosch Solar Energy AG chairman, Holger von Hebel.
He said this at a briefing yesterday following the announcement of the company's results for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2010 (FY10).
The investment comes on the heels of a recent announcement to build another manufacturing facility in , to serve the southern European markets.
Von Hebel said construction of the Batu Kawan plant, to be located on an 80-acre site, would begin before the end of this year, with production to start by the end of 2013.
He said the new plant would also support and deliver components to other plants in and .
The venture, said to be one of the largest overseas investment ever made by Robert Bosch, would further cement the global strategy of the company's photovoltaics business and presence in Asia , where solar energy demand is expected to see an average annual growth of 30% in the coming years.
“The planned facility will cover the entire value-added chain, from silicon crystals known as ingots and solar cells to the modules which can be installed on roofs or in solar power plants,” von Hebel said.
He said the plant would have an annual capacity of 800 megawatts peak (MWp) for wafers and 620MWp peak for cells. This would be on top of producing solar power plants with a total output of 640MWp and module production lines of 150MWp.
According to von Hebel, the company expect sales from the solar energy division to exceed one billion euros this year.
“The decision to build a new site in Asia reflects general developments in the global market for photovoltaics. By 2020, total installed output in the region is expected to reach some 130 gigawatts peak,” he said.
He added that the company's main plant in , together with the Batu Kawan plant would complement each other and help secure the future of the photovoltaics business.
“Last year saw an outstanding performance for the region coming after the recession,” he said, adding that Malaysia was the second-largest contributor to Robert Bosch's sales in .
Wednesday April 20, 2011
Dental hospital mooted
THE Dental College (PIDC) has been invited to set up a dental hospital in Kawan in South Seberang Prai, .
Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy said the five-year-old college, which was planning to offer Master’s programmes in dentistry, should consider the viability of opening a hospital there.
“Batu Kawan is fast developing as a commercial and residential hub.
“The area will be bustling in the near future when the Second Penang Bridge linking Batu Kawan and Batu Maung on the island is completed by 2013,” he said.
He was attending the college’s inaugural graduation ceremony at E&O Hotel in recently.
Ramasamy said he hoped the college, which is located in Butterworth, would continue offering courses at affordable fees to encourage more to take up its 2+3 twinning bachelor’s degree in dentistry programme.
PIDC chief operating officer and managing director Datuk Dr S. Sharavanan said the college would liaise with the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) to look into Ramasamy’s pro-posal.
He said the college had, in February, applied to the Edu- cation Ministry to start nine Master’s specialty courses.
“On obtaining the necessary approval, we hope to emerge as the first private dental college in to offer postgrad-uate studies.
“Many dentists are keen on pursuing Master’s programmes to branch into specialised areas,” he said.
A total of 17 students from the pioneering batch received their scrolls from Dr Sharavanan.
Dr Stephanie Chong Mei Har, 25, who received a gold medal award, said she chose dentistry as it gave her a sense of self- satisfaction to serve people.
Dr Kong Sheng Earn, 23, who won a silver medal, said one of the hardest tasks he learnt as a dentist was to make patients, especially children, feel calm during treatment.
Dr Ngo Wei Ming, 25, won the bronze medal.
Tuesday April 19, 2011
Concessionaire: Second bridge will be completed by November 2013
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
Photos by WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN
THE second Bridge is 47.55% completed as of March.
The project is however 2.85% behind the 50.4% scheduled progress.
State Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said concession holder Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) had assured the state government that it would catch up with the scheduled completion of the 24km bridge slated for November 2013.
Construction works on the bridge started in late November 2008.
Lim also said over 700 workers were working round the clock at the United Engineers (UEM) segmental box girder plant in Batu Kawan to produce 8,092 units of segmental box girders for the bridge.
“They have already moulded 987 units. A total of 28 units are already fixed on-site out in the sea with 14 of them on each side of the bridge.
“Besides that, piling works are 84% completed while the building of pile caps and columns are 55% and 45% completed respectively,” he said during a visit to the plant yesterday.
Lim added that the two toll plaza buildings, to be located in Batu Kawan, were still on the design board.
“We will also implement a green concept for the package to be environmental friendly,” he added.
Buildcast Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of UEM Builders Bhd) production manager Anuar Abdul said there were 22 moulds and three factories at the segment casting plant.
“Between 12 and 14 pieces of segmental box girders are produced in a day and the process is a tedious one,” he said.
The RM4.5bil second bridge project comprises three main packages — construction of the sub-structure by CHEC Construction Sdn Bhd (the local arm of Harbour Engineering Co Ltd), casting of the segmental box girder by UEM Builders Bhd, and construction of the Batu Kawan and Batu Maung exit and entry points and trumpet interchange by Cergas Murni, IJM Construction and HRA Teguh.
The bridge, which will link Batu Kawan in Seberang Prai to Batu Maung on , is poised to be the longest bridge in the country and .
Sunday, January 16, 2011
PDCP sent out letters to purchasers to collect the OC and keys to the ready-built houses on 23 December 2010. On 8 January 2011, PDCP held a handling over ceremony to the purchasers at PDCP's sales gallery in Batu Kawan.
The guardhouse is still missing pending MPSP's approval. Only a temporary guard post is there. As the ready-built houses have been completed for some time, quite a number of defects can be seen while checking the units. One of the most obvious ones is the fences have already rusted in some parts. This certainly needs to be rectified by the developer.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Was told that the expected date of handover is end-Nov 2010. I informed the lady by the name of Mary that I had enquired about the handover date since December 2009. I was given the date 'first half of 2010'. When that did not materialise, I called up again and was informed that the next expected handover date would be end of September 2010. Now it's end November 2010.
Seems that everything is in the Project Manager's hand and they are waiting for the authorities for approval. Mary assured me that for handover, they would have to clean up the place and do some touch up when I told her that the whole place is overgrown with lallang and looks really bad like an abandoned project.
On the guardhouse, no explanation was coming as to why it cannot be built yet. Seems like the Bayan Residence is suffering from the same fate. Only a temporary guard 'shed' and no OC.
Shall keep our fingers crossed.