Source: FMT News
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong has alleged that another heritage building in the city is to disappear soon and be replaced with a new posh structure.
Oh said the imminent destruction of Khaw Sim Bee Mansion, which sits across the Pykett primary school, would be another major blow to the state, which prides itself as an international heritage enclave.
“This is another heritage demolition after the flattening of the 218 Macalister Road heritage building,” Oh said in a statement here today.
Oh cried foul over how the DAP-led Pakatan Rakyat state government and Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) could give the go-ahead for the project in Jalan Pykett, despite strong objections and protests by NGOs and neighbourhood residents.
“We wonder whether both the state and local governments have any authority at all when it comes to approving projects with conditions and guidelines, so much so that developers can blatantly ignore and demolish heritage buildings at will,” Oh said in a statement.
The state executive councillor in charge of local government, traffic management and flood mitigation Chow Kon Yeow revealed recently that part of Khaw Sim Bee mansion would be torn down to pave the way for redevelopment.
Oh recalled a news report in 2011 stating that the MPPP had directed the developer to restore the Khaw Sim Bee Mansion. Continue reading