It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. – Jerry Seinfeld (1954 – )

Penang goes Green

Radical changes needed to tackle green issues

say-no-to-plastic-bagsWed, Feb 09, 2011 – By Leona Boey

LAST month, residents of a little island in the north took a brave leap into the future. As of Jan 1, plastic bags have been banned from all department stores and supermarkets in Penang, Malaysia. And for a year or so before that, there was a partial ban on plastic bags at supermarkets there. Shoppers were then either given cardboard boxes or expected to take along their own carriers from Mondays to Thursdays.

The total ban took courage and vision, and should make us sit up and take notice.

Sure, supermarkets here have been encouraging us to use our own bags for some time, but how many of us really do so?

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The sun sets on Sunset Bistro

What now for the others? NewStraitsTimes

THE sun has set on one of the most, if not the most, popular and happening beach bars in Penang.Sunset Bistro in Batu Feringghi was one of the must-visit places on the island to many who have been here or heard of the place. 

However, despite its reputation, the bistro was bulldozed and reduced to rubble by Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) enforcement personnel on Saturday morning.

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Tesco plans 3 more stores in Penang

By Business Times

tesco-stores to launch 3 new stores on PenangTESCO Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is expanding its business in the northern region by opening three more outlets in Penang and Kedah within this year. Tesco Malaysia chief operating officer Tim Golding said the company wanted to bring its Tesco offers to more customers and the new outlets will be opened at Seri Tanjung Pinang in George Town, Penang, and in Kulim and Alor Star, Kedah. 

He said the new outlet at Seri Tanjung Pinang is expected to open in June. The company has invested RM20 million on setting up the leased outlet, making it a long-term tenant at the development, which has been said to be the largest seafront project in Penang’s history.

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Bolton eyeing 44ha site in Penang

By : Marina Emmanuel
Source : Business Times

PROPERTY developer Bolton Bhd (1538)is looking to expand its landbank in Penang with a potential acquisition in Teluk Kumbar this year.

Bolton executive chairman Datuk Azman Yahya yesterday said it was hopeful to conclude the proposed acquisition of the 44ha site within two to three months.

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Penang starts hearing views on RM300m centre


By Clara Chooi – January 21, 2011
GEORGE TOWN, Jan 21 — Penang residents have been given a two-week window to provide their feedback on the state government’s plan to construct the Penang People’s Park (PPP), which includes a RM300 million international convention centre.
Beginning today, the public will be allowed to view the plans for the multimillion ringgit project from 9am to 5pm for two weeks at the main entrance of the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa).
They can communicate their views on the project directly at the venue or via email to MPPP.
In a press statement this morning, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that public consultation was a key aspect in the state government’s “CAT” governance of competency, accountability and transparency.

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Thaipusam On Penang


More than 1,000 Hindu devotees waited eagerly to witness the silver chariot bearing the statue of Lord Muruga. The processions made it’s way from Penang Street in the centre of Georgetown out to the hilltop Nattukottai Chettiar Temple on Waterfall Road, near the Botanical Gardens.

Chef Wan out to promote Penang’s culinary delights

By Marina Emmanuel

PENANG’S spot on the world cuisine map is set to get a leg up if Malaysian celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan, gets his way.

Redzuawan wants to showcase the island-state’s culinary delights to the world this November by getting Tourism Malaysia and a host of corporate sponsors to support for Penang to host the prestigious “Gourmand World Cookbook Awards” event here in November.

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