Shocked by plan to turn club into elders’ home

A group of about 20 residents of the Mar Vista Resort also want the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to lift the planning permission given to turn the 8,970sq m clubhouse, also known as the 3-Do Club, into a retirement home.

Group spokesman Mikk Towers, 50, said the condominium’s management did not consult with the owners before submitting the application.

“Why did the city council give the green light for this application if no approvals were obtained from the house owners?

“If the clubhouse is to be changed from residential to commercial, a unanimous approval is required from the co-proprietors of the Mar Vista Resort.

“We believe that this change of use of the premises from residential to commercial is a breach of contract,” he said in reference to the original sales & purchase agreement.

He was speaking to reporters outside the MBPP office in Komtar level three yesterday.

Towers handed over a petition to object the approval of the planning permission to MBPP staff Mohd Fazli Mohd Ismail who accepted it on behalf of mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail.

The petition carried the signatures of 118 unit owners.

Facilities at the clubhouse included a large swimming pool, two squash courts, two tennis courts, a gym and restaurants.

Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik, who was with the residents when they handed in the petition, said a meeting with the affected parties and the city council would be held soon.

“The residents will not be able to enjoy the facilities if the conversion is done. We want to know how the planning permission was approved before we take the next course of action.

“No renovation has taken place so far. I hope that the planning permission can be revoked for the sake of the residents,” he said.

Asked why he was assisting residents who are not from his constituency, Ng said he was approached by them.

When contacted, Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said the residents had not come to him about the issue.

“It doesn’t matter which MP or assemblyman the residents go to so along as they can help solve the matter,” he said. - By The Star

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