Cold Storage, the supermarket, is no more in Gurney Plaza. Now it is Mercato. The same employees, but the store has been renovated.
It was only really this morning when I started thinking about the local businesses in Penang. And how much I appreciate them. I went to my regular market stall to pick up something uncommon I had ordered the other day. And when it was time to pay, he said not to worry, it was free.
But this has happened quite a few times with local businesses I frequent. My hairdresser said he wasn’t charging one time after cutting my hair. I’d given him a few pot plants and pots I hadn’t wanted, and he’d appreciated it.
My car shop repaired a punctured tyre and then didn’t charge me. And the other day the doctor at my local clinic didn’t charge for a consultation. I don’t know why – it was just a quick chat for me to glean a second opinion. Maybe that’s why. But that was nice.
Progress in Penang, at last! Up until the middle of last year any progress in Penang that required finance was difficult. The government in KL was held by a different party than the party that held power in Penang. But after the election last year where now both the Penang state and federal government are the same party we thought that the improvement projects that had been on hold for so many years would at last be implemented. It has taken a while, but now things are happening.
Work should have already started on the Ayer Itam -to the coastal road bypass. It is scheduled to finish in three years.
There is also a proposal to build a cable car from the Penang Botanical Gardens to Penang Hill, and on to Teluk Bahang. This would be partly funded by the federal government. This is currently being studied.
Progress in Penang is being held back by traffic congestion. There is an article about a proposal to build an underpass in Pulau Tikus.
On October 7th, I just learnt, the first eight acres of the 131-acre reclamation project land was handed over to the Penang government. From now every one or two weeks further small sections will be received by the government, with the handover completed by mid-September next year. The Chief Minister of Penang estimates that it will take about 18 months for the first phase to be ready and open to the public. It was unclear to me when that 18 month preparation period would start.