Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Flip .....

Until the moment Singaporeans complaint, this rule applies.....

Hope no flop ....

July 08, 2008 23:55 PM

Touch'N Go Card Only At Bukit Chagar CIQ

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- All vehicles from Singapore passing through the Bukit Chagar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex will have to pay the toll using the Touch'N Go card.

The Malaysian Highway Authority said in a statement Tuesday that all 39 lanes at the complex are for private vehicles, taxis and buses.

Lorry drivers can still pay the toll at the Tanjung Puteri Complex until further notice.

The move was to encourage motorists to switch to the electronic toll payment system to smoothen traffic flow, it said.

-- BERNAMA

Monday, July 7, 2008

Please.... say NO to Lido Boulevard

We need stronger voices to say NO to Lido Boulevard!! It's really unnecessary. It just created for rich Singaporeans! So far, only the MP of Pulai brought up this issues. May be next time we should vote for opposition for Johor Bahru MP?

This is taken from Pulai MP website (www.pulai-online.net):

Berita Harian: Kaji projek Lido Boulevard PDF Cetak E-mail
Ditulis Oleh Senior Editor

JOHOR BAHRU: Kerajaan perlu mempertimbangkan semula pelaksanaan projek pembangunan pesisir pantai, Lido Boulevard, bernilai RM2.7 bilion kerana ia dikhuatiri akan mengecilkan keluasan Selat Johor, sekali gus memberikan pelbagai kesan negatif terhadap alam sekitar dan masyarakat.

Ahli Parlimen Pulai, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, berkata beliau menerima banyak maklum balas daripada masyarakat dalam kawasannya terutama sekali di Kampung Mohd Amin dan Sungai Chat, yang bimbang dengan pelaksanaan projek hartanah mega itu.

Selain itu, katanya, ada juga masyarakat yang tidak mahu projek berkenaan menjadi satu lagi projek gajah putih seperti dialami Waterfront City sehingga memberikan imej negatif secara langsung kepada pusat bandaraya dan Iskandar Malaysia.

"Sebagai Ahli Parlimen Pulai, saya tidak pernah dipanggil mana-mana pihak sama ada pemaju projek atau kerajaan negeri bagi mendapatkan pandangan mengenai pembangunan Lido Boulevard ini, tetapi saya difahamkan, ia membabitkan penambakan Selat Johor.

"Jika selat ini, ditambak sudah pasti aliran air daripada sungai Segget dan Chat akan menjadi lebih kecil, dan penduduk berhampiran bimbang banjir kilat lebih mudah berlaku," katanya di sini, semalam.

Sebelum ini, pemaju hartanah, Central Malaysian Properties Sdn Bhd (CMP) dikatakan akan memulakan projek pembangunan pesisiran pantai, Lido Boulevard, bernilai RM2.7 bilion di sepanjang Pantai Lido, di sini bermula September ini.

Projek yang akan mengintegrasikan kawasan penempatan dan pusat komersial itu bermula dengan kerja menambak tanah antara 40 dan 450 meter ke dalam Selat Johor serta dijangka siap kira-kira 24 bulan.

Pengarah Urusan CMP, Datuk Chan Tien Ghee, berkata pihaknya sudah mendapatkan kelulusan Penilaian Kesan Alam sekitar (EIA) untuk menjalankan projek di atas kawasan seluas kira-kira 8.9 hektar berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, kerja penambakan tanah itu akan dipantau rapi dengan peraturan ketat untuk melindungi hidupan marin, persekitaran pantai dan kehidupan nelayan pantai yang mungkin terjejas.

Nur Jazlan berkata, adalah lebih baik kerajaan negeri memikirkan semula kaedah terbaik bagaimana menghidupkan semula Waterfront City kerana segala prasarana termasuk kompleks beli belahnya sudah siap dan tidak memerlukan pembinaan baru.

Johor Bahru desperately need a NGO for environmental monitoring!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another .... project for JB?

Another future-failure, environmental-and-view-spoiled project on the way for Johor Bahru. Remember JB WaterFront city? Instead of reviving this project, our smart Johor government is trying to make another big commission (i guess) by giving a green-light to this big project. What a sad day for Johor Bahru. Can you just upgrade and beautify Lido beach, rather than spoiled them for a very-very big buck! However, done is done. Money was already changing hands (i guess) and as a just ordinary citizen, nothing I can do! So, my pray is this project will upgrade the landscape of Johor Bahru, becoming world-class city, not just for the citizen of Singapore (who are definitely can afford to buy those condominiums.) My pray is this project will not stop half-way for whatever reason, which further spoiled the Tebrau straits. Last but not least, my pray is for the big (??) commission that the Johor government received (I guess) will be used for the better of Johor Bahru citizen! (and not just a few!)

Saturday June 14, 2008 MYT 4:00:20 PM

Work on Lido Boulevard to start in September

By YEE XIANG YUN

JOHOR BARU: Real estate developer Central Malaysian Properties Sdn Bhd (CMP) will start work on a RM2.7bil waterfront development project along Lido Beach here by September this year.

It will take 24 months to complete the land reclamation, which will extend between 0.04km and 0.45km into the Straits of Johor along a 2.4km stretch of the beachfront here.

CMP managing director Datuk Chan Tian Ghee said the company has secured full Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) approvals for the project.

"The land reclamation would be strictly monitored with stringent measures in place to protect marine life, the coastal environment and the livelihoods of affected fishermen.

"As part of the EIA requirements, an Emergency Response Plan and Environmenal Management Plan will be put in place before work starts to deal with any environmental issues," he said in a statement.

The project, named Lido Boulevard is an integrated residential-cum-commercial city. The project is also one of the biggest private finance initiatives to date within Iskandar Malaysia or the Southern Corridor.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Another Mega project in Iskandar Malaysia

Very interesting indeed and I like it very-very much. Hope it will become reality. I believe in you, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar. Interested in the second last paragraph, “The hi-tech park will be better than the Kulim Hi-Tech Park,”

Mega project in Iskandar Malaysia

By ZAZALI MUSA

JOHOR BARU: A multi-billion ringgit mixed-development project will be launched in Iskandar Malaysia this year.

The project, to be called Airport City or Aeropolis, comes under an associate company of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, which is linked to billionaire Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.

The project, on 1,133.11ha near Senai Airport, will comprise three main components – residential-commercial-hospitality amenities, an air cargo logistic centre and a hi-tech park.

The first component will cover 323.74ha while the other two will occupy 404.68ha each.

“The investment in infrastructure – power, water, roads and telecommunications – is estimated at about RM1bil,” a source told StarBiz.

The source said utility providers must be committed in providing uninterrupted supply and services to users in the development area.

The area will be equipped with high-speed broadband for residents and companies to communicate with clients or business associates from all over the globe.

Other facilities will include private medical centres, international schools, hotels and retail malls.

It will be vital to have world-class and uninterrupted utilities and services as the development wants to attract investors from Europe, Japan, Taiwan and the US.

The source said the company was engaging a consultant from Australia to undertake the master plan study.

The consultant is looking at several well-known hi-tech parks in Australia and Taiwan in its study.

“The hi-tech park will be better than the Kulim Hi-Tech Park,” the source said, adding that unlike the Kedah park, Senai would only engage in research and development activities.

When the master plan study is completed, probably next month, it will be presented to the Johor government and a ground-breaking ceremony should take place towards year-end.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Boleh ke?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Apa nak jadi? Apa nak jadi? Sampai sekarang tak siap lagi!

What is going on with Malaysia's latest CIQ? Where is the (temporary) access road to the causeway? Or people have forgotten about JB, since the focus now is on Nusajaya.


My beutiful city of Johor Bahru. I love you, man!

Meanwhile, the current CIQ is degrading rapidly, causing a shame to Malaysia, from visitors point of view. No maintainance, no simple fixing, because they are moving to ultra-modern CIQ soon (this has been said since last year, I guess). When foreigners come from Singapore, yes, they will make believe that they are entering 3rd WORLD country! No doubt!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Apartments in the middle of the city?

Why not someone with money build apartments (studio, single or double bedroom) in the middle of the city of Johor Bahru? Personally I think it's good, since we have many (too many probably) Johoreans working at Singapore, and they are crossing the causeway every morning (and come back late at night). And they are probably single too that need only small place to live! It's good for the city, since apartments complexes create a steam of people 24hrs/day, makes our city more lively. Make it semi-exclusive, so young executives can own them too.

New York city has it, SF has it, LA has it. Why can't JB? In-front of KOMTAR may be?

Why can't they leave Lido beach alone!

Wow! Another multi-billion project for Johor Bahru! Remember JB Waterfront city? Now Lido Boulevard! Why can't they just improve the scenic view of Lido Beach, without destroying the view and environment ?(see what has happen to Lot 1 (ie. Waterfront City)

I hate this! Really...

Go South!

This?

Or this?
I think Pak Lah likes the second, while his SIL likes the first one!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Apa ada pada nama?

Apa ada pada nama? It turns out to be everything, for Wilayah Perbangunan Iskandar (Iskandar development region), or now being called Iskandar Malaysia. Here is snapshot from wiki:
Iskandar Malaysia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from South Johor Economic Region)

Iskandar Malaysia, formerly known as Iskandar Development Region (IDR) and South Johor Economic Region (SJER) is the new main southern development corridor in Johor, Malaysia.

May be next time when Pak Lah (if he still survive as Malaysia's PM) come down to Johor again, then the people at IRDA will need to re-think again for another name. And then spent some Ringgit to re-launch the brand!

Anyway, good luck for "Iskandar ... whatever"!