Penang offers riverfront land to build houses of worship

Lim-Guan-EngGEORGE TOWN: The Penang government is opening up 20 acres of prime land facing the Prai River in Ampang Jajar, near Butterworth, to those wanting to build places of worship.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said 32 lots, varying from 6,000 sq ft to an acre, would be available at the area in Permatang Pauh.

He said it would be offered at a special rate, to be determined by the Valuation and Property Services Department of the Finance Ministry.

“There have been complaints of not enough land being available for religious purposes, so we are offering a beautiful piece of land in Ampang Jajar.

“We understand that if there is no land, how can you practice your religion freely? So you must make land available.

“Those who are interested can write to me or state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng,” Guan Eng said.

Guan Eng said the land would be offered on a 99-year lease and would be “not so expensive”.

Those interested can mail Guan Eng at the Chief Minister’s Office, Level 28, Komtar, 10503 George Town, Penang.