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  • IKEA Batu Kawan Now OPEN!!!

    IKEA Batu Kawan Now OPEN!!!

    Batu Kawan- IKEA Batu Kawan is finally OPEN!! PENANGITES, especially those on Penang mainland can now have easier accessibility to the well-known Swedish furniture brand IKEA after its first store in northern region is opened in Batu Kawan today. Previously, IKEA fans in the northern region had to travel to Selangor to shop for IKEA’s affordable furnitures.   The new IKEA store has a 470,146sq ft retail space. The Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, along with the Minister of Finance, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng were present to officiate the opening of the store. Images above shows that the store is now thronged with people coming from all over Penang as roads heading to Batu Kawan are all congested and the mall is packed with people.   Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow lauded IKEA for successfully establishing their first store in the northern region. “Batu Kawan in Penang is set to undergo a major transformation into a vibrant area. It is the state’s aspiration to develop Batu Kawan to be a modern and intelligent township." "I am certain that together with other catalyst projects in Batu Kawan, IKEA will provide a great boost to Penang's economy. IKEA is like a magnet to Batu Kawan. The store will not only attract millions of shoppers, but it will bring hundreds of new jobs, create spin-off business for suppliers, draw in tourists and new investors," he said. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the store was the result of a RM650 million investment made by IKEA. "The large investment highlights the level of confidence a well-renowned global company has in Malaysia. This will contribute positively to the regional economy," he said in his speech at the grand opening ceremony this morning. Lim said the development was an example of 4P partnership, a collaboration between the public, private, people and professionals. "It is my hope that our success in Batu Kawan could be replicated elsewhere in the country so that we can raise the quality and the quantum of our economic growth that can be enjoyed by all Malaysians. I am happy to learn that this IKEA store has been built with sustainability in mind, which proves that sustainability can contribute positively to making a profitable business decision." "With nearly a million households residing just within an hour drive from the store, the opening of IKEA Batu Kawan will open up new avenue for private consumption, and more importantly, by creating more than 300 new jobs especially in retailing and logistics for Penangites as well as for Kedahans," he added, noting that IKEA Batu Kawan has a special place in his heart.   Together as a Community!!   Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng      
  • Open Burning in Juru Heights, Bukit Tengah

    Open Burning in Juru Heights, Bukit Tengah

    Bukit Tengah- These are the images of an open burning incident of rubbish and toxic waste disposed that has occured at Juru Heights, Bukit Tengah. This irresponsible act has cost quite a chaos as the fire was big and the entire area and its surroundings was covered with toxic smoke. The Fire and Rescue Department got there in time to prevent the situation from escalating and to control the fire. Also present there was En. Anuar Yussoff, Councilor of MPSP who was called and alerted by the residents there on the incident. He has expressed his regret on such act, saying that "this irresponsible act has caused inconvenience to the residents in many ways" adding that " it could endanger the residents safety, health and the enviroment as well". He advised the people to act more responsibly in handling household and industrial waste. " Open burning of industrial waste produces toxic smoke that is just too dangerous, we should not condone it". The councillor has given his assurance that he will do his best to work with the MPSP to immediately look into this issue and preventing similar incidents in the future, by saying, " Saya akan memaklumkan MPSP tentang kejadian ini dan kami akan mencari jalan secara bersama untuk mengelakkan kejadian seperti ini berulang lagi". Meanwhile, SPT News urges the residents to act more responsibly in this matter. It is our collective duty and responsibilty to conserve our enviroment and not to condone such acts. We thank Councillor En. Anuar Yussoff for responding to this situation very quickly and his commitment towards conserving our enviroment and keeping our neighbourhoods in Seberang Perai Tengah condusive and sustainable is very much appreciated. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Drainage Problem at Taman Perwira Indah

    Drainage Problem at Taman Perwira Indah

    Bukit Tambun- This are the images of the condition of a trench in Taman Perwira Indah, which goes all the way to Sungai Junjung Mati. The entire area around the trench is covered with rubbish and has caused the water flow to become stagnant. This has resulted not just a huge drainage issue for the residents living there but also caused the surroundings of the neighbourhood to become unhygenic. The condition could potentially cause health problems to the residents there such as Dengue, due to Aedes mosquitoes and other diseases, due to the pests around the area. An unhealthy and unhygenic condition in a neighbourhood, causing it to be less liveable can never be ignored and stern action should be taken immediately. The same concerns were shared by En. Anuar Yussoff, Councillor of MPSP on his Facebook page, sharing photos of his visit to the specified area with other council officers and the local MPKK chairman, Mr Ong. The councillor has given his assurance that he will address this issue and alert the Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran of this epidemic, by saying, "Telah panjangkan masalah parit dan sungai kpd JPS untuk Tindakan" and ending with a hashtag "#SayangLahSungaiKita". SPT News and the neighbourhood residents certainly hope that immediate action will be taken by the relevant authorities and that they should work together to resolve this situation for the benefit and the well-being of the residents there. Certainly, they do not deserve to live under such conditions. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Chap Goh Meh Fiesta and People Participation Budget launch

    Chap Goh Meh Fiesta and People Participation Budget launch

    Bukit Tambun- An fiesta was held by the office of Yb Tuan Goh Choon Aik, State Assemblymen for Bukit Tambun in conjuction with the 2019 Chap Goh Meh celebration. The event began with a lantern walk by the those who attended, followed by a grand celebration and stage shows. Also during this event, the People Participation Budget programme was launched and officiated. This programme is held whereby the state assemblymen will be working together with his constituents to discuss and identify the problems and concerns of the people and their requirement and then use the allocated funds to his constituency to resolve those problems. This will not only solve peole problems but better integrate the public to participate in the development and improvement of Bukit Tambun for the well-being of its people. Also present were YB Puan Kasturi Raani Patto, MP of Batu Kawan, other neighbouring constituencies' state assemblymen, Mr Anuar Yussoff, councillor of MPSP and other dignitaries. The event was graced with an overwhelming attendance of the local residents and was succesfully held with the cooperation and the support of the constituents of Bukit Tambun. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • CNY Open House at Juru officiated by Penang CM

    CNY Open House at Juru officiated by Penang CM

    Bukit Tengah- A Open House was jointly organised by the office of YB Tuan Gooi Hsiao Leung, State Assemblymen for Bukit Tengah and the office of YB Puan Kasturi Raani Patto, Member of Parliament of Batu Kawan with the cooperation of MPKK Perkampungan Juru here at Juru on the 11th of February 2019. The event was officiated by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow. The open house was graced by many guests, citizens of Batu Kawan, of all races and religions who celebrated the festivity in the spirit of togetherness. Chief Minister Chow said that such event promotes the spirit of unity among Malaysians, regardless of ethnicity and religion. He also added that "Pakatan Harapan has been chosen to administrate the Federal Government. We will continue to provide our services to the rakyat. We will use this trust given by people, to serve the rakyat, state and country. I'm thankful to our supporters for believing in the Pakatan Harapan government." “The state government will strive to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are enjoyed by everyone," Chow said in his speech. Also joining in the celebration were the Perkampungan Juru MPKK chairman Cheah Kim Weng and former Batu Lancang assemblyman Datuk Danny Law.  YB Gooi later expessed his appreciation to the Chief Minister for attending the open house on his Facebook page by saying "Terima kasih CM YB Chow Kon Yeow, memeriahkan majlis rumah terbuka CNY perkampungan Juru dgn orang ramai." The open house was largely a success as it successfully brought people together and such occasions act as a great opportunity for leaders to unite their people of diverse race and religious backgrounds. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • RM 2.1 million for Bukit Tengah

    RM 2.1 million for Bukit Tengah

    Bukit Tengah- Great news for the people of Bukit Tengah. A total of RM 2.1 million will be allocated by the MPSP for roads construction and repairs. The announcement was made by YB Tuan Gooi Hsiao Leung, State Assembymen of Bukit Tengah through a press release during his visit to SJK(C) Peng Bin, Bukit Tengah, along with MPSP Councillor, Ong Jing Cheng. The roads that have been identified to be repaired are:  Jalan Chiang Heng Kai (RM 400,000)   Jalan Perindustrian Bukit Minyak 1 (RM300,000)  Jalan Pinang, Taman Mangga (RM300,000)   Taman Inderawasih (RM200,000)   Taman Kerjasama (RM250,000)   Taman Pelangi (RM350,000)  The repair works will be done by stages beginning from May 2019 to September 2019. Furthermore, a special allocation of RM 300,000 will be provided for emergency purposes and also drainage works in the constituency. Credit- taken from YB Gooi Hsiao Leung FB Page Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Bukit Tengah ADUN- More Police Officers Required

    Bukit Tengah ADUN- More Police Officers Required

    Bukit Tengah- The State Assemblymen of Bukit Tengah, YB Tuan Gooi Hsiao Leung hopes the Federal Government increases the number of police officers in the Bukit Tengah Police Station due to its large administrative area. The area of Bukit Tengah covers 57.6 km per sq.ft, yet the total number of police officers stationed here are only 62 people. The State Assemblymen said that the number of police officers here is much lesser compared to the Pulau Tikus Police Station where a total of 170 officers are in duty for an area of only 5.7 km per sq.ft. "I hope that the the number of officers would be increased to accommodate the size and the area of the Bukit Tengah, while upgrading the police station from grade C to grade B to ensure that the number of police officers can be increased to more than 100" "I also hope that the infrastructural problems and facilities in the Bukit Tengah Police Station, the Community Police Station and 'pondok polis' could be given serious attention by the government" He said this during his visit to the Bukit Tengah Police Station yesterday. However, despite the police officers stationed in Bukit Tengah are very less, he feels proud that the they are not being reluctant from continuing to serve the people. "The lack of police officers is not a challenge or hurdle for them to enforce activities to prevent crimes from happening." "Statistics shows that the crime rate in Bukit Tengah has successfully been reduced by 17.38 % in 2018 compared to year 2017, and this is a great development and I hope that the crime rate will continue to fall in the future" The visit from the State Assemblymen was welcomed by the Chief Police of Bukit Tengah Police Station, Inspector Ahmad Hamzah Kasdi along with other police officers in that station. Credit to Sinar Harian, Saturday 2nd February 2019. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Traffic Congestion in Bukit Tambun

    Traffic Congestion in Bukit Tambun

    Bukit Tambun- These are images of the aerial view of the heavy traffic congestion that happens at Jalan Batu Kawan and Jalan Bukit Tambun. Our team visited the area and found out that the congestion could cause a delay upto 35 to 45 minutes, sometimes even longer. Local resident are in turmoil when no action are even being planned to handle this problem and the people living in the surrounding area have to endure this problem on a daily basis. The same concerns where shared by YB Tuan Goh Choon Aik, State Assemblymen of Bukit Tambun on his Facebook account expressing his regrets on the traffic congestion that causes problems in many ways for his constituents in Bukit Tambun. Everyone including people travelling to work, parents sending their children off to school or even emergency cases are burdened by being stuck in this traffic almost everyday for the past year. Lack of planning to overcome this traffic problem by the relevant authorities are one of the reasons. Here, SPT News requests the JKR, MPSP and State-level officials to get involved in this issue to find a long-term solution to this uprising problem. Bringing better connectivity to our people throughout Seberang Perai Tengah must be made a priority to ensure Pulau Pinang truly becomes a condusive and sustainable state. Together as a community!!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng
  • TM Pole Problem Solved

    TM Pole Problem Solved

    Bukit Tengah- Another success for the people of Seberang Perai And SPT News, our voices have been heard. SPT News earlier reported a news that was sent by a resident of Kampung Kebun Sireh regarding a TM Pole which has fell that posed danger and inconvenience to them. After SPT News conveyed the concerned of residents through email, TM has responded by immediately sending their team to commence the process of repairing the damage. SPT News would like to thank TM for their commitment and their staffs for their dedication in caring for the safety and the well-being of our community. Another success like this means that our voices as a community has become stronger and more significant. Lets continue to speak for ourselves. Together as a community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Dengue Plague In SPT

    Dengue Plague In SPT

    Batu Kawan- The alarming increase of mosquitoes in residential areas seem to be worrying the people, especially when the presence of Aedes mosquitoes could subsequently result in dengue fever. The number of dengue cases are hiking as days go on, Taman Desa Damai had over 60 cases just before the new year, while Kebun Sireh had 48 cases last year alone. Taman Limau Manis is also facing such situation, where mosquitoes are almost everywhere and no resident are able to do anything about it. Such worrying numbers only shows us one thing, that we as a community aren't doing enough. Local authorites such as the MPSP, the SPT Health Department and local neighbourhood councils should do more. Locating dengue prone areas and conducting fogging and 'gotong-royong' could possibly reduce the number of mosquitoes from time to time. However, this must be done repeatedly and not just once. Keeping our neighbourhood clean is very crucial as littered rubbish could hold rain water, which would then allow the mosquitoes to lay their eggs. One thing that we should all remember is that the people should not merely put the blame on the authorities, the residents are to be blamed as well. The residents must be aware of the consequence of failing to act responsibly as it is our duty not just to participate in the efforts to curb the dengue plague, but to always act responsibly in preventing such situation to arise in the first place. SPT News will continue to liasse with the relevant authorities but we plead the people to do what is required to stop this alarming epidermic. Our negligence may cost the lives of our family and our loved ones. This is one of the moments where we will have to act together as a community to save ourselves from such occurence. We should all act together to face the coming danger, or should I say the danger is already here. Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng  
  • Cats' Litter Everywhere

    Cats' Litter Everywhere

    Bukit Tengah- A resident of Flat Taman Bayu Mutiara alerted SPT News on the problems residents are facing due to stray cats around the residential area. The resident informed us that these cats trouble the residents by littering almost everywhere. These creates uneasiness as the area of Block A of the flats smells really bad and could potentially bring diseases for the most vulnerable, children and the elderly. SPT News regrets this situation and we will ask the relevant authorities to work together to handle such situation that affects the daily lives of the resident there. This news was shared by @subramaniamm83 through our Instagram account @spt_news.  Together as a Community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng
  • Damaged Roads in Juru

    Damaged Roads in Juru

    Juru- These are the images taken by a resident of Taman Sentul, Juru, where the streets of their neighbourhood is filled with portholes and completely damaged. Residents have been enduring this for some while, whereby according to the complaint sent to SPT News, the tarred roads were cracked up for some work. However upon completion, the condition of the roads were never restored and were left just like that.  This are some of the images that SPT News obtained but after our team's visit to the area, we found out that almost all streets in the neighbourhood were in almost similar condition. The portholes are not only creating  dicomfort for drivers, but also dangers the motorcycle rides especially at night, as they could possibly fall and hurt themselves and their passengers. SPT News regrets such situation. The safety of the residents and road users have been negligently handled, and the issue of the damaged roads have been ignored. We will immediately reach out to JKR Pulau Pinang to alert them of this situation and will ask to action to be taken as soon as possible. The safety of our people must be our priority. Together as a community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news, Twitter at @SPTnewspg and on Facebook at @sptnewspng
  • Rubbish bothers residents

    Rubbish bothers residents

    Image Credit: Shintha Bukit Tengah- The image above shows a junction right after the Bukit Tengah flyover bridge, heading to the entrance of Kampung Tok Panjang. This awful situation has been faced by the residents there for some time. A concerned resident alerted SPT News on this problem, and requested for stern action to be taken. We were also alerted that failure to maintain cleanliness in that area produces pungent, bad smell, and invites pests and stray animals to the area. Moreover, this causes the resident to be exposed to diseases. Also highlighted was the bad conditions of the road, portholes patched up in an improper way and hardened concrete poured onto the road that makes the junction turn into a rough and bumpy way to go through SPT News regrets of such situation occuring. We thank the residents for doing their part. SPT News will contact and inform the Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) to act immeadiately to handle this situation. we will also inform the Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) to look into the issue regarding the road condition as well. Every resident of Seberang Perai Tengah deserves to live in a clean, sustainable surrounding. Let us all work towards creating that enviroment. Together as a community!!! Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news and twitter at @SPTnewspg
  • Unsafe School Crossing

    Unsafe School Crossing

    Bukit Tengah- The street crossing in front of Sk Kebun Sireh is demmed to be dangerous, especially for childrens who are students in the school. As you can see, the heavy movement of vehicles on the road is considered to bring significant amount of dangerto pedestrians as many road users often speed on this road.  A concerned resident of Taman Kebun Sireh Flats contacted SPT News and alerted us on this situation, where childrens who are all aged between 5 to 12 are the prominent users of this crossing, where most of them use it without adult supervision. We were told that there would be a security guard hired by the school monitoring the childrens for a few minutes after the schooling session ends for the day. Upon that, the childrens are on their own. The residents who mostly have their children sent to this school fear for their safety. SPT News will inform Jabatan Kerja Raya to look into this issue and work on finding a solution to this problem. Meanwhile, we will alert the school administrators on the concerns of the parents took ensure students safety. Lets come together to ensure our children remains safe. We also ask road users to be extra careful while driving in such areas not just during schooling hours but at all times. No one should be in danger due to the negligence of another. Lets come together to ensure our children and our community remains safe. Together as a community!!!   Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news and twitter at @SPTnewspg
  • Residents in Darkness

    Residents in Darkness

    Bukit Tengah- This is an image of the condition of Lintang Limau Manis, Taman Limau Manis, Bukit Tengah at night where the entire street is in complete darkness. The residents in this street are not provided with even one street light as they totally depend on the street light from the main road which is located almost 20 meters away from the houses. Since this street is a dead end, it has been left without the proper lighting required. One of the resident have alerted SPT News on this situation, telling us how it creates discomfort for them in their daily lives. A situation like this creates chances for crimes to take place and effects the security of residents. SPT News will inform relevant authorities including the MPSP to ensure that steps are taken to ensure our neighbourhoods in Seberang Perai Tengah remains condusive and safe. Together as a community!!!   Follow us on Instagram at @spt_news and twitter at @SPTnewspg

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