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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mah Sing upbeat on Penang projects

Teh (right) and Mah Sing executive director Lim Kiu Hock with a model of Southbay Plaza.

Contribution to sales expected to rise to 13% this year

GEORGE TOWN: Mah Sing Group Bhd's projects in Penang is expected to generate about RM325mil or 13% of the projected RM2.5bil sales for 2012, compared with RM70mil or 3% of the RM2.2bil sales for 2011.

The key contributors from Penang included the Southbay Plaza and Legenda@Southbay, group chief operating officer Teh Heng Chong said at Mah Sing's “Realising Dreams Property Showcase” held in conjunction with the group's 18th anniversary celebration in Penang recently.

The event showcased 11 projects that it was currently undertaking nationwide.

“The Legenda@Southbay has generated about RM40mil since January, while the Southbay Plaza has generated RM80mil since May.

“The other project that we expect to generate the remainder this year is the first phase of the Ferringhi Residence in Batu Ferringhi.

“Pending approval, we plan to launch about RM180mil worth of low-rise condominium villas in July 2012,” Teh said.

He said Mah Sing would focus on residential properties priced below RM1mil in Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Penang. “At present, about 70% of our launches are in this price segment, which comprises mainly small serviced residences and linked homes.”

Teh said: “We are also continuing to develop gated and guarded residential properties priced above RM1mil in good location, which is about 30% of the group's launches for 2012.”

He said the Klang Valley would still make up the bulk of the group's sales target, as it had 28 projects there.

Penang was also an important market as its contribution had risen to 13% from 3% in 2011, he added. “We are looking now for an over 100-acre site in Seberang Prai for a township development.”

Teh said he was positive on the outlook for the property market in Penang as the most of the buyers of Mah Sing's properties are largely Penangites. “Our foreign customers come from Singapore, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

By The Star

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