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The Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) has rejected 14 out of 30 development projects that the Penang state submitted for approval. The projects were rejected because the developer failed to comply with PLANMalaysia’s “Guidelines on Highland Development”. However, the Penang State Government had been given some leeway in the guidelines, given the state’s terrain, which is considered “small and hilly”. Penang had been using its own Safety Guidelines for Hillside Development since 2012.

(NST, 1/12/2017)

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