THE Penang Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant) has urged the state government to hold a public consultation on purported plans to develop a piece of state land along Peel Avenue.
Its advisor Yan Lee said a government quarters, bungalow and carpark currently sits on the land, measuring about 3ha (seven acres).
The land in question is also bordered by Dunn Road and Peirce Lane and is about the size of four football fields.
“We have been informed that the state plans to develop this land through a joint venture with a developer.
“But since this is the rakyat’s land, we ask that the state have a public consultation on what they plan to build because it’s going to affect everyone,” he told reporters at the site yesterday.
“We do not know the details but we are told it will to be a high-density wellness project.
“All we want is, pursuant to the state’s CAT policies, the state informs the rakyat how it plans to develop this land at the public consultation.
“Was there an open tender called for the project?” Lee asked.
He said the public should be consulted because it is prime land.
“Have a public consultation like how it was done for the Penang South Reclamation project and Gurney Wharf.
“Share with the rakyat what your plans are for this land. We are not saying it’s a bad project. We are asking the government to let the people gauge it,” he said, claiming that the estimated land value was about RM1,000 per sq ft.
State Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said he will comment after reviewing the issue.