IKEA’s First Store Outside KL Is One Critical Catalyst To Complete The Makeover Of Batu Kawan As A Green One-stop Center(e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 11.1.2014.

IKEA’s First Store Outside Kuala Lumpur Is One Critical Catalyst To Complete The Makeover Of Batu Kawan As A Green One-stop Center For Advanced Manufacturing, Services and Logistics Hub; An Education Center Of Excellence, A Premier Residential Location As Well As A Commercial And Retail Center.

IKEA’s first store outside Kuala Lumpur is one critical catalyst to complete the makeover of Batu Kawan as a green one-stop center for advanced manufacturing, services and logistics hub; an education center of excellence, a premier residential location as well as a commercial and retail center. IKEA has a strong reputation of advocating environmentally-friendly practices.

The sale of 245 acres of land by Penang Development Corporation(PDC) for RM 284 million to Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd and Ikano Pte Ltd, that is fully paid in 5 years, where
• 30 acres for the development of Ikano’s flagship IKEA Store and phase 1 of the Shopping Mall
• 45 acres for the development of phase 2 of the Shopping Mall; and
• 170 acres for mixed development purposes (Remaining Parcels)

RM 5 million non-refundable deposit has been banked in to PDC. The Penang state government welcomes this investment by Ikano not only as an economic growth engine but also to put Batu Kawan on the international map as a world-class site for industry, commercial centers, premium designer outlets, specialist hospital and international schools.

Hopefully, IKEA’s entry into Penang is only the beginning and would help to rapidly conclude other bigger catalyst projects that provide not just higher-income employment but also business opportunities. The state government has received public queries whether living in the neighbourhood of IKEA and other educational institutions such as the local KDU University College and University of Hull, will increase the price of public and affordable housing built by PDC.

The state government wishes to assure the public that the price of the 11,800 units of public housing (less than RM 72,000 per unit) and affordable housing (between RM 72,000 – RM 250,000 per unit), will be maintained. The state government has instructed PDC to implement a comprehensive transport master plan that will seamlessly connect all sectors in the 5,000 acres that is in Batu Kawan, once the full development plans are finalised.

With IKEA’s presence, the state government has another world-class brand name that Penang can be proud of and make Batu Kawan a more attractive place to live, learn, work and play.

Lim Guan Eng

—–Mandarin Version —–
槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年1月11日在槟城乔治市发表声明:

宜家家居位于吉隆坡以外的第一家分行,是一个重要的催化剂,以完整地打造峇都加湾成为一个绿色一站式中心,集合高端制造业、服务及物流中心、卓越教育中心、主要住宅区以及商业及零售中心。

宜家家居位于吉隆坡以外的第一家分行,是一个重要的催化剂,以完整地打造峇都加湾成为一个绿色一站式中心,集合高端制造业、服务及物流中心、卓越教育中心、主要住宅区以及商业及零售中心。宜家家居在宣导环保方面也享有佳誉。

槟州发展机构以2亿8400万令吉将245英亩的地段出售给Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd 及 Ikano Pte Ltd,他们将在5年内缴清,包括:
• 30英亩的宜家家居及购物广场第一阶段。
• 45英亩做为购物广场第二阶段
• 170英亩做为综合发展用途(剩余地段)

上述两家公司也已经缴付了500万令吉不可退还的订金给槟州发展机构。槟州政府欢迎IKANO的投资计划,不只因为它是经济成长火车头,它也将提升峇都加湾的国际地位,它将具备世界级的工商业中心、品牌设计师的商铺,专科医院及国际学校。

我们希望随着宜家家居进军槟城,这只是一个开始,并迅速带动其它具催化作用的发展项目,为槟城制造高收入的就业机会,以及商业机会。州政府也接获公众询问,那就是在宜家家居及其它教育机构如KDU大学学院及赫尔大学附近,是否会导致槟州发展机构的公共房屋及可负担房屋价格上升。

州政府在此向公众保证,1万1800个公共房屋(少于7万2000令吉的单位)以及可负担房屋(价格介于7万2000令吉及25万令吉的单位)售价不变。州政府已经指示槟州发展机构推行全面的交通大蓝图,以便在发展计划全面定夺后,能够完美地将峇都加湾5000英亩的各个区域联系起来。

随着宜家家居进军槟城,州政府添加了另一个让槟城自豪的世界级品牌,也让峇都加湾成为居住、学习、工作及玩乐的焦点。

林冠英

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