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Penang Hill bungalows in a sad state

 | June 27, 2014

Once the pride of the elite, the tourist spot is crying for an uplift and major renovation if it wants to remain a heritage of the colonial days.

penanghillGEORGE TOWN: The dilapidated condition of Penang Hill’s 52 heritage bungalows built during the colonial era will soon be a thing of the past.

Penang Hill Corporation’s (PHC) General Manager Dr. Lawrence TC Khoo said that a request for proposals (RFP) had been mooted to upgrade and refurbish the bungalows located 837m above sea level.

Khoo said that PHC are now looking for interested parties to carry out renovation projects and turn the bungalows into home stays, holiday retreats or for those interested in holding teambuilding activities.

The Auditor-General’s report 2013 had stated that several heritage bungalows highlighted in the Penang Hill tourism pamphlets were in a state of neglect and deemed unfit to be included in the tourist sightseeing package.

“PHC has no jurisdiction over several colonial bungalows that are privately owned. Some are well maintained but some have been abandoned and are in a dire state of neglect.”

“Sadly, we can’t do much about it,” Khoo told a press conference in Penang Hill.


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