GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow has hit out at a state executive councillor for his “tai chi-style” response to a hill land housing project in Batu Ferringhi.
He said Jagdeep Singh Deo should instead say why the project was allowed despite it being above the set density limit.
Teng had earlier questioned a mega housing project in Batu Ferringhi which had a density of 101 units per acre despite the limits for the Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi area being 15 units per acre.
He had also said the project was too close to another condo on a hillside, which was the Miami Green Condominium.
In response, Jagdeep had said Teng ought to explain how the BN government then had approved the Miami Green project, which was also beyond density limits and on a hillside.
Speaking at a ceramah in Kampung Melayu, Tanjung Bungah yesterday, Teng said the Miami Green project was approved before the density limits came into effect.
He said the BN state government had learnt from its mistakes, realising that hill areas were sensitive and should not be overdeveloped.
Teng added that it was the BN government which had come up with the Penang Structure Plan 2020 (PSP2020) in 2007, which was still in use today. The plan contains the density limits in question for certain areas.
“Hello brother, that was before PSP2020. After that, we made a policy to limit density on the hill. If we might have made a mistake before, don’t make the same mistake for the second time.
“I don’t need to answer Jagdeep. I think he had better go back to the books before he answers me. In fact, he has no right to answer me. Who is he? He is just a housing exco member.
“The right person to answer me is the chief minister because he is the state planning committee chief,” he said.
Jagdeep, who is also the executive councillor in charge of town and country planning, has been contacted for comment.
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