BUKIT MINYAK: The state government has so far approved six projects for the development of purpose-built workers’ accommodation in Penang.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said these six projects had been tendered to local and overseas companies.
“Recently we tendered out a seventh project, which has yet received approval.
“The six approved projects will provide about 35,000 beds for the foreign workforce in the state.
“Two of the projects are on the island, while the remaining five are for the mainland,” Chow added.
He spoke at a press conference after officiating at the RM70mil Westlite Bukit Minyak purpose-built accommodation built by Centurion Corporation Ltd.
Also present was Local Government, Housing and Town and Country Planning committee chairman state Jagdeep Singh Deo.
Chow said he had instructed the Penang Development Corp to provide more suitable land in the state for the private sector to develop purpose-built workers’ accommodation.
He added that the state aimed to provide several thousands more beds for the foreign industrial workforce in the state.
“The availability of such facilities will add to the pull factor of our state to companies and businesses with a large foreign workforce.
“Our focus moving forward is to continue building on the solid foundation of the state and to further facilitate the growth of business, especially in areas of manufacturing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Centurion will explore business opportunities to set up purpose-built workers’ accommodations in Penang.
Centurion (Accommodation Business) managing director Tony Bin said the group was always on the lookout to acquire land bank or for joint-venture opportunities for expansion.
“These projects could either be on the island or on the mainland.
“There are some 200,000 industrial workers in the state and we have provided only 6,600 beds, so there is ample room for growth,” Bin said.
The Westlite dormitory would be fully occupied before the end of 2019, Bin said.
“By mid-2019, the Westlite dormitory would have a high occupancy.
“This is the seventh purpose-built workers’ accommodation we have built in the country that meets international standards.
“Westlite Bukit Minyak provides a 6,600-bed facility and is specially designed with all the necessary facilities including a supermarket and mini-market, a food court, a barber shop, Internet service, recreation rooms as well as outdoor exercise areas equipped with basketball, volleyball, and street soccer courts.
It is strategically located near the Bukit Minyak Industrial Park, the Penang Science Park, as well as the Batu Kawan Industrial Park.
Centurion’s other workers’ accommodations are located in Johor’s industrial parks.
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