Malaysia

Ivory says mosques will be built in Bayan Mutiara

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Ivory Properties Group Bhd (IPGB) said today its master plan for the 41.5-hectare Bayan Mutiara land it purchased from the Penang government will include a mosque and other places of worship.

The developer, which purchased the lot at RM1.1 billion, said this in a statement that comes after Penang Umno had alleged that chief minister Lim Guan Eng sold land meant for a mosque to IPGB.

But the firm said today it will comply with all necessary requirements set out by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) before submitting the master plan to the Town and Country Planning Department (JPBD) and the local council.

“IPGB had acknowledged the Penang state government and Chief Minister’s vision to strive and provide schools, mosque and place of religious worship for non-Muslims at other suitable locations,” its deputy chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff said.

Penang Umno had claimed the developer had made no provision for a mosque in their plans for Penang World City at Bayan Mutiara despite state regulations requiring that land be set aside for such purposes.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, however, rubbished the claims, pointing out that IPGB had yet to submit plans for the prime real estate.

IPGB will only do the subdivision of the plot when it submits development plans to MPPP, the Bagan MP added.

 

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