Relocate golf course to make way for housing

An independent MP has proposed that a golf course which sits on a state-owned land in Bukit Jambul here should be relocated so that the land can be used for a housing project.

Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim said such a move would benefit some 5,000 poverty-stricken people living across the golf course in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kecil.

“It is ironic that these people have to live in poor conditions while across the road, there is a golf course serving only the purpose of some 2,000 golfers.

“The state government should do something about this. We need more houses for the poor. I have been proposing this when I was with PKR but it was shot down,” he said yesterday.

Zahrain told reporters after presenting RM9,000 to families who lost their homes to a fire which destroyed seven houses in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kechil here on Wednesday.

The golf course which is being referred to is the Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC) operated by Island Golf Properties Bhd (IGP) and owned by Penang Development Corporation (PDC). - By The Star


August 29, 2011 at 10:47 AMpenangites

Not realistic proposal, its a going back to stone age proposal. Why not redevelope the Kampung Sungai Kecil and build LMC housing on existing area. Rather than robing the iconic golf course for BJ and build LMC housing on an expensive land. Stupid.

August 29, 2011 at 10:57 AMLittleOne

The hypocrite Zahrain actually lobbied for the contract of upkeeping the golf course. Can't get the contract because it was a RM2 company, he threw a tantrum and left PKR and now wants to take a shot back. Such sour grapes.

August 29, 2011 at 12:23 PMpgkia88

The one we should relocate is Zahrain himself.

August 29, 2011 at 7:35 PMPrasad

So how did the fire start?

August 29, 2011 at 7:53 PMPenang Fan

Penang need more green space and parks. The State government should not allow every inch of Penang to be exploited by developer so they can build and build enriching their pockets. High time to think of more public parks and open air recreational areas for goodness sake.