THE Penang Development Corporation (PDC) has played a pivotal role in the state’s economic growth, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
“PDC has been given the responsibility to be the state’s powerhouse to generate ideas as well as planning and implementing various developments.
“For instance, developing the industrial parks, urban development projects, urban re-development projects, provision of affordable housing and also investment.
“In line with the themes in the Penang2030 vision, PDC plays a very significant role in realising it,” Chow said during his opening speech at the PDC’s 50th anniversary dinner on Nov 15 held at the Olive Tree Hotel.
Chow said that PDC, with the co-operation of the state government, is taking initiatives to provide affordable homes which are in various stages of development.
“PDC has developed three new cities in Penang, namely Bandar Bayan Baru (9,079 housing units), Bandar Seberang Jaya (6,980 units) and Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan (2,724 units).
“Bandar Cassia, which is developed with the concept of eco-city, reflects PDC’s evolution in terms of its planning and ideas throughout these 50 years,” he added.
Apart from that, Chow also shared that PDC has successfully developed industrial parks such as Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Prai Industrial Park, Penang Science Park, Bukit Minyak Industrial Park, Bukit Tengah Industrial Park, Mak Mandin Industrial Park, Batu Kawan Industrial Park.
“I hope PDC will continue its journey in making Penang a developed and a sustainable state,” Chow said.
PDC general manager Mohd Bazid Abd Kahar said that PDC did not achieve success overnight.
“The heights that PDC has achieved reflect the result of good leadership for 50 years.
“Former chief ministers Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Lim Guan Eng and current Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow played important role in PDC’s success,” Mohd Bazid said.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
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