Poser over missing materials from destructed pre-war mansion

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  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2015

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has questioned the state government on the whereabouts of the original materials from a pre-war building torn down in Macalister Road.

Its secretary Oh Tong Keong said a check by the party revealed that the building materials which were stored at the Soonstead Mansion in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah had disappeared.

”The shed used to keep the materials was torn down.

“We searched at the original location but could not find them,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Oh said the state government, the developer of the new project at the site and the project architect should be held responsible.

“We are worried that this could be another case like the Khaw Sim Bee mansion at Pykett Avenue, where the developer only paid RM3mil in contributions and did not have to reconstruct the heritage building at its original site,” he said.

Oh also urged the state to brief the people on the latest development on the Heritage Conservation Guidelines, and the complete list of heritage buildings and sites in Penang.

When contacted, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the developer should answer the question raised by Penang Gerakan.

Also present at the press conference were Penang Gerakan Legal Bureau chief Jason Loo, its Youth chief H’ng Chee Wey, Youth vice chief Khor Siang Beng and committee member Tang Ching Sern.

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