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.
Gurney Wharf handover
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.
It’s that time of year again. Tesco has Guinness – and Tiger etc. on special at the moment. They seem to do so for Chinese New Year every year. If you follow that link you’ll see that this year it costs RM3 more than last year. And that it always ends with 88 sen. Anyway, I’ll stock up. After all, Guinness is good for you. Or so I hear.
Coffee shops: Coffee shops are taking over the Gurney Plaza al fresco area! Pie Harbour sadly closed last year – I liked their pies, but rarely ate there. Because pies go much better with beer, and they didn’t sell beer.
With the introduction of the 6% SST (tax) from September 1st, prices have risen again, almost to the same level as with the GST in the case of coffee and restaurants.
These prices are before SST is added. And, as I mentioned before, unlisted is the “tall” option, which, at least for Americano coffee, is RM1 less than indicated above. I suppose they have to have this option because some of the flasks they sell can contain only the Tall volume, the others taking the Grande volume. Presenting a flask grants you a RM2 discount, so long term it pays for itself. I tend to use the loyalty rewards I collect for times when it is inconvenient to carry the flask – and especially at the airport where prices are much higher than elsewhere.
Starbucks works out pretty economical compared with many coffee houses, and if you ask for less water is often pretty good.