Penang Proposes To Increase The Minimum Limit For Foreign Purchases Of All Properties From The Existing Level Of RM500,000 To RM1 Million With A Higher Limit Of RM 2 Million For Landed Properties Only In Penang Island And Retaining The Present RM 500,000 Limit For Permanent Residents.(en/bm/cn)


I would like to welcome all of you to this screening of the documentary “Urbanized” by Gary Hustwit, brought to you today by Penang Institute in conjunction with Think City.

This new documentary film is currently being screened and discussed in many places around the world. Not only does this film highlight many of the serious challenges that face an increasingly urban world, it also shows how some of these problems are addressed.

Over half the world’s population now live in urban areas, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. However, while cities comprise less than 1 percent of the earth’s surface, they generate 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions.

In the context of an ever-expanding urban population, issues such as increasing cost of energy and climate change will result in greater competition for our declining resources. Hence, many of the urban challenges we face can only be resolved by changing the way we plan, build and manage our cities and urban areas.

Cities have always been sites of innovation and incubators of creativity. It is the flow of people, goods, energy, information and services that determine whether a city becomes a destination and habitat of choice. Therefore, the current set of challenges can be viewed as an opportunity for cities to forge a path that is more sustainable and driven by innovative ideas, new technologies and the creativity of its people.

This film will show us how other cities around the world are addressing their urban challenges, and through that perhaps it will also provide a lens for us to approach some of the issues that we face here in Penang.

After the film, we have a distinguished panel of professionals made up of planners, politicians, academics and urbanists who will provide their reactions to the film. Discussions on this issue are timely, and even more critical that it involves a broad range of stakeholders like what we have here today, from NGOs to members of local authorities to professional architects, planners and developers. All of you are responsible for the planning and development of our city and state and thus it is important that we are aware of the challenges of the modern world.

It is my hope that the following film will inspire ideas on how we go about planning together, to make Penang not only the most sustainable and liveable city in Malaysia and the region, but also to achieve our collective goal of becoming an international and intelligent city of the future.

There are 3 pressing habitat issues in Penang that requires urban solutions that offers sustainable development. One is traffic congestion. Unfortunately traffic congestion in Penang as a result of policy failure and leadership apathy and neglect over the previous 18 years, can not be overcome overnight.

The state government through the 2 local authorities of Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang(MPPP) and Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai(MPSP) had undertaken:-

• short-term measures of forcible clamping and removal of vehicles that block traffic, synchronization of traffic lights and redirection of traffic flows;

• medium-term measures of widening roads and building lay-bys and connecting roads to widen transport accesses;

• long-term measures of at least 4 major infrastructure structures project to provide four lane highways to connect heavily congested areas, including a 3 rd link between Gurney Drive and Butterworth through Malaysia’s first underground sea tunnel.

The Penang PR state government has also help to fund the RM3.2 millon Penang Transport Master Plan(PTM). Even though 2 proposals are mooted by the transport consultants, certain irresponsible parties appear to blame the state government for either ignoring the PTM or not developing public transport.

The Penang state government agrees that public transport is the most coherent and effective method to reduce traffic congestion in line with the principle of moving people, not vehicles. Unfortunately the state government has no control over public transport which is a Federal jurisdiction. So powerless is the state government that we have no powers to impose meters on taxis or even ask buses to provide for free bus services paid by the state government.

The PTM consultants realizes the limits of state government’s powers and is making two proposals,

1. a RM13 billion balanced public transport option assuming full co-operation and assistance from the Federal government; and

2. a RM12.5 billion highway option as a fall-back position of 7 highways, including the state government’s 4 infrastructure projects, in the event federal co-operaton and assistance is not forthcoming. So far, the Federal government has not fulfilled its promised monorail/tram or road by-pass as promised before the 2008 general elections.

In other words, the traffic consultants’ 7 proposed highways is more than the 4 proposed by the state governments.

Two, habitat protection requires rigorous enforcement and restrictions on hillslope development. The PR state government is proud of our record of not approving any hillslope development and has asked the local authorities to ensure compliance. I have been informed by the two local authorities that any hillslope developments are either approved are undertaken by the previous state government.

Unfortunately, such approvals given by the previous state government is still in legally in force and the procedures that follow from such approvals usually can not be stopped. As a rules-based government, the present state government has to observe the laws and respect approvals given, even though it is from the previous state government. Again those who try to pin the blame on the state government for any hill-slope development should explain why they gave approvals in the first place.

Thirdly provide affordable housing. The PR Penang State government will be outlining a complete and holistic framework of providing affordable housing to Penangites involving not just the government but also the private sector. For the past four years, the state government has saved and gathered funds. An initial sum of RM500 million and free land has been provided for this purpose with the first project of 12,000 units in the new satellite town of Batu Kawan. More of such affordable projects will be proposed, including on the island of Penang.

As a first step to protect the interests of local Malaysians, the state government is proposing to increase the minimum limit for foreign purchases of all properties from the existing level of RM 500,000 to RM1 million with a higher limit of RM 2 million for landed properties only in Penang island and retaining the present RM 500,000 limit for Permanent Residents.

In 2010 and 2011 there were 774 and 890 property transactions involving foreigners. These transactions constitute only 2.98% and 2.26% respectively of the total number of transations in Penang. However to protect the interests of locals to ensure that they enjoy priority for less expensive properties, this restriction will help to provide a level playing field since foreigners have the advantage of a higher currency.

The Penang state government stresses that we welcome foreign participation in our economy including our property market. The state government feels that foreign participation can be profitable to both Penangites and foreigners in the higher end market where they can add value by helping Penang to transform itself into an international and intelligent city.

We would like to get feedback and opinions from NGOs, property developers, foreigners and the public on this proposal. The state government hopes to implement this proposal the earliest by 1 June 2012 or the latest by 1 July 2012.

Lim Guan Eng

—-BM Translation–

Teks Ucapan Ketua Menteri(MAIN POINT)

Kerajaan Negeri bercadang untuk meningkatkan had minimum untuk pembelian hartanah untuk pembelian asing daripada tahap yang sedia ada RM500,000 kepada RM1 juta dengan had yang lebih tinggi sebanyak RM2 juta untuk hartanah di Pulau Pinang sahaja dan mengekalkan had RM500, 000 sekarang kepada penduduk tetap.

Terdapat 3 isu penting di Pulau Pinang yang memerlukan penyelesaian urban yang menawarkan pembangunan mampan. Salah satunya ialah kesesakan lalu lintas. Malangnya kesesakan lalu lintas di Pulau Pinang adalah disebabkan kegagalan dasar dan sikap tidak ambil peduli kepimpinan dan pengabaian yang dilakukan sepanjang 18 tahun sebelumnya, dan tidak boleh diatasi dengan sekelip mata.

Kerajaan Negeri melalui 2 pihak berkuasa tempatan Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah melaksanakan :-
• Langkah jangka pendek dengan tindakan “clamping” dan mengurangkan kenderaan yang menghalang lalulintas, penyelarasan lampu isyarat dan peralihan aliran trafik.
• Langkah jangka sederhana dengan meluaskan jalan dan membina ‘lay-bys’ dan menyambung jalan untuk kemudahan mengakses pengangkutan
• Langkah jangka panjang dengan pembinaan sekurang-kurangnya 4 struktur projek infrastruktur utama untuk menyediakan empat lorong lebuh raya menghubungkan kawasan kesesakan teruk termasuk lingkaran ketiga antara Persiaran Gurney dan Butterworth melalui terowong bawah laut yang pertama di Malaysia.

Kerajaan Negeri PR Pulau Pinang juga telah membantu membiayai RM3.2 juta untuk Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang (PTM). Walaupun 2 cadangan yang dicadangkan oleh perunding pengangkutan, beberapa pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab muncul untuk menyalahkan Kerajaan Negeri untuk sama ada tidak mengendahkan PTM atau tidak membangunkan pengangkutan awam.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang bersetuju bahawa pengangkutan awam adalah kaedah yang paling koheren dan berkesan untuk mengurangkan kesesakan lalu lintas sejajar dengan prinsip pergerakan manusia, bukan kenderaan. Malangnya Kerajaan Negeri tidak dapat mengawal pengangkutan awam yang mana ia merupakan kuasa Kerajaan Persekutuan. Disebabkan tiada kuasa tersebut, Kerajaan Negeri juga tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk mengenakan meter pada teksi atau juga meminta bas untuk menyediakan perkhidmatan bas percuma yang dibayar oleh Kerajaa Negeri.

Perunding PTM sedar had kuasa Kerajaan Negeri yang terhad dan membuat dua cadangan ,

1- RM13 bilion diperlukan untuk mengimbangi pengangkutan awam dengan menganggap mendapat kerjasama penuh dan bantuan daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan
2- RM12.5 bilion diperlukan untuk kos pembinaan 7 lebuhraya termasuk 4 projek infrastruktur Kerajaan Negeri sekiranya peruntukan Kerajaan Persekutuan tidak berhasil. Setakat ini Kerajaan Persekutuan tidak memenuhi janji untuk menyediakan monorel/trem atau jalan by-pass seperti yang telah dijanjikan sebelum pilihan raya umum 2008.

Dalam erti kata lain, 7 proposal lebuhraya yang dicadangkan oleh perunding trafik adalah lebih baik daripada 4 yang dicadangkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri.

Kedua, perlindungan habitat memerlukan penguatkuasaan yang ketat dan sekatan ke atas pembangunan cerun bukit. Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat sangat berbangga dengan rekod tidak pernah meluluskan sebarang pembangunan cerun bukit dan telah meminta pihak berkuasa tempatan memastikan pematuhan ini dipatuhi. Saya telah dimaklumkan oleh kedua-dua pihak berkuasa tempatan bahawa mana- mana pembangunan cerun bukit diluluskan dan dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri terdahulu.

Malangnya, kelulusan yang diberikan oleh Kerajaan Negeri terdahulu masih sah di sisi undang-undang berkuasa dan mengikut prosedur kelulusan seperti tersebut biasanya tidak boleh dihentikan. Sebagai kerajaan yang berasaskan undang-undang, Kerajaan Negeri sekarang perlu mematuhi undang-undang dan menghormati kelulusan yang diberikan walaupun ia adalah dari Kerajaan Negeri sebelumnya. Sekali lagi mereka yang cuba untuk menyalahkan Kerajaan Negeri untuk mana-mana pembangunan cerun bukit perlu menjelaskan mengapa mereka memberikan kelulusan di peringkat pertama terlebih dahulu.

Ketiga, menyediakan perumahan mampu milik. Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang akan menggariskan rangka kerja yang lengkap dan holistik untuk menyediakn perumahan mampu milik kepada rakyat Pulau Pinang, bukan sahaja oleh kerajaan tetapi juga oleh sektor swasta. Sejak 4 tahun yang lalu, Kerajaan Negeri telah berjimat dan mengumpul dana. Sebagai permulaan, sejumlah RM500 juta dan tanah percuma telah disediakan untuk tujuan projek pertama iaitu membina 12,000 unit di bandar satelit baru di Batu Kawan. Lebih banyak projek rumah mampu milik akan dicadangkan termasuk di kawasan pulau di Pulau Pinang.

Sebagai langkah pertama untuk melindungi kepentingan rakyat Malaysia, Kerajaan Negeri bercadang untuk meningkatkan had minimum untuk pembelian hartanah untuk pembelian asing daripada tahap yang sedia ada RM500,000 kepada RM1 juta dengan had yang lebih tinggi sebanyak RM2 juta untuk hartanah di Pulau Pinang sahaja dan mengekalkan had RM500, 000 sekarang kepada penduduk tetap.

Pada tahun 2010 dan 2011, terdapat 774 dan 890 transaksi harta yang melibatkan warga asing. Urus niaga ini hanya 2.98% dan 2.26% masing-masing daripada jumlah bilangan transaksi di Pulau Pinang. Walau bagaimanapun untuk melindungi kepentingan penduduk tempatan untuk memastikan mereka menikmati keutamaan membeli hartanah yang lebih rendah, sekatan ini akan membantu menyediakan persaingan yang adil kerana warga asing mempunyai kelebihan mata wang yang lebih tinggi.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang menekankan bahawa kita mengalu-alukan penyertaan warga asing dalam ekonomi kita termasuk pasaran hartanah kami. Kerajaan Negeri merasakan bahawa penyertaan warga asing ini boleh menguntungkan kedua- dua rakyat Pulau Pinang dan warga asing dalam pasaran yang lebih tinggi di mana mereka boleh menambah nilai dengan membantu Pulau Pinang untuk menjadi bandar antarabangsa dan pintar.

Kami ingin mendapatkan maklum balas dan pendapat daripada NGO, pemaju hartanah, warga asing dan orang awam mengenai cadangan ini. Kerajaan Negeri berharap dapat melaksanakan cadangan ini paling seawal 1 Jun 2012 atau 1 Julai 2012 (terkini).

—Mandarin Version—





• 短期措施:强制性锁车轮及移走阻碍交通的交通工具、让交通灯同步、重新规划交通流向。

• 中期措施:加宽道路及建筑物的避车道,把道路与交通连接起来。

• 长期措施: 进行四项基础建设,以提供四条通道的高速公路,连接严重塞车的地方,包括连接关仔角和北海的海底隧道。




1. 130亿令吉的平衡公共交通,这假定获得联邦政府的全面支持和协助

2. 125亿高速公路做为应对计划,兴建7条高速公路,包括州政府的四项基础建设,这是联邦政府如果不合作、不帮忙的情况下的应对计划。到目前为止,联邦政府还没有兑现他们在2008年大选的承诺,兴建轻快铁或交替公路。






在2010年及2011年,分别有774及890槟州的房产买卖涉及外国人。这些买卖占了总房产交易的2.98%及2.26%。 不过,为了保护本地人的利益,让他们可以购买不那么昂贵的房产,这项限制能够提供公平竞争机会,因为外国人往往能从高价值的货币中得益。


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