New-look community halls

RESIDENTS of Sungai Puyu in Penang will soon get to enjoy five solar-powered community halls.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EG Builtech Sdn Bhd and Evergreen Merge Sdn Bhd over the building of the halls.

EG Buildtech spokesperson Terence Leong said the project was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme where up to RM40mil would be spent to construct the halls.

“We want to go green and our country is very blessed with a lot of sunlight,” Leong said.

“Many other countries with colder climates are using solar power so I do not see why our country cannot do it as well.”

Leong also said that recycled tyres would be used to make the floors of the community halls and this would cool down the floors during hot weather.

He added that the firm would be in charge of the building of the structures while Evergreen Merge would deal with getting the investors in.

“Once everything is approved, it will take us six months to construct all the five halls,” he said.

The signing was witnessed by Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, who is also Sungai Puyu assemblyman.

Phee said he identified five vacant locations for the building of the community halls.

He said a lot of activities could be organised in the community halls, from tai chi classes to even wedding dinners.

He added that once completed, the halls would also be assigned to deserving non- governmental organisations for them to use as their office.

Phee said work was expected to commence by year-end.

Some land issues in the area still have to be ironed out, he said.

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