Island mentality drives up demand for affordable homes in Penang

Looi Sue-Chern

The Rifle Range flats in Penang. There is high demand for affordable housing and public housing (PPR) units but land is scarce in areas like Padang Tembak and Kg Melayu. – The Malaysian Insight pic by David ST Loh, January 25, 2018.

DESPITE being one of the most densely populated areas in Malaysia, demand for housing on Penang island remains high, as locals still shun the idea of living across the bridge on the mainland.

Almost half of the state’s estimated population of 1.75 million – or close to 800,000 – live on the 293 sq km island of Penang.

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  • Remove or cut the Penang Bridge toll rate and you will see many will move to the mainland. The cost of travelling between the island and the mainland is also a major factor.

    Posted 5 years ago by Butter Scotch

  • U can’t really blame penang islanders,after all their future aspirations might be something like singapore

    Posted 5 years ago by Leslie Chan