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Chief Minister of Penang, Chow Kon Yeow inaugurates ‘Desa Mawar neighbourhood park’ in Ayer Itam in the Penang city. The park has solar technology of RM 686,470. The construction of the park started in May 2021 and it was completed in a span of 8 months.

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He said, “Each neighbourhood park under the state’s greening project is unique in some way. On this 6,855sq metres site, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has installed photovoltaic panels in an effort to accelerate the low-carbon urban agenda of the state.”

“Among the facilities here is the Mawar Pavilion, a charging port using a solar-powered system made from recycled items. Visitors can also enjoy the walkways, multipurpose spaces, outdoor exercise equipment, and children’s playground. The state hopes neighbourhood parks like this one will help meet the recreational needs of the people, thus creating healthy and safe communities,” he added.

“Credit should be given to MBPP for its ideas to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals in line with the aspirations of Penang2030. I’m sure Penang will continue to excel as a competitive and inclusive state,” he said.

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During the ceremony, MBPP secretary A. Rajendran, country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, state housing, local government, and town were also present.

Chow said: “The project has not been shelved, but we are thinking of handing to a developer the responsibility of building the park. Many parties including Penang Stadium and Open Space Corporation, Public Works Department, and developers contribute to efforts to improve the environment.”

Malaysia plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 18,000 MWs by 2035 which currently is 8,700 MW. The Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said that this increase would make renewable energy have a 40% share in the country’s energy mix by 2035. The country aims to have a 31% renewable energy mix by 2025 with solar energy projects and other green energy sources.

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