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Resiting Kota Kinabalu International Airport will benefit Papar: Builder
Published on: Monday, August 01, 2022
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Susan (third left) briefs Chong (second left) and PUMM members on the Parklane Villa and Parklane City projects at the show house in Papar.
PAPAR: WSG Group managing director Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen is pleased that the State Government is studying the feasibility of relocating Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Kimanis. 

“If the KKIA is moved to Kimanis, the property value in Papar, including Benoni, will soar,” she said, referring to a report that Sabah is studying whether to relocate KKIA to Kimanis.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sabah’s strategic investment arm Qhazanah Sabah Bhd (QSB) and Berjaya Land Bhd (B-Land) was signed on June 30 to explore the matter.

QSB group chief executive officer Ahmad Rizal Dahli in a statement, said the MoU establishes preliminary collaboration between both companies, paving the way for QSB to carry out feasibility studies and exploratory works for the proposed project.

“Everything is preliminary at the moment until consensus with all stakeholders is reached,” he said in a statement, last month.

Susan said she acquired 100 acres of land in Benoni in 2010 and commenced building 180 units of Benoni Commercial Centre (BCC) shoplots and 234 Benoni Gardens apartment units on 40 acres of land. Both projects have been completed and are all currently occupied. 

She said BCC has attracted many major brands, including KFC, Pizza Hut, Tealive, U Tea, Osbel, Servay Hypermarket and Mr DIY. 

“Today, the value of BCC shoplots have increased by 50 per cent to over RM1 million from about RM700,000 in 2015. 

“People have doubted my decision to develop Benoni in the past. But the reality proves that those who choose to undertake development or to invest in Benoni have made the right choice,” Susan said when receiving a courtesy call from the Malaysia Entrepreneurs’ Development Association (PUMM) Sabah State Liaison Committee led by its deputy chairman Chong Yin Chye at Parklane City Show Gallery here on Friday. 

Riding on the success of BCC, Susan is currently constructing two- and three-storey shoplots at Parklane City and 180 units of Parklane Villa. 

She said all 24 units of the three-storey shoplots have been sold out, whereas only 24 out of the 64 units of double-storey shoplots remain available. 

The three-storey shoplots are expected to obtain Occupancy Certificate (OC) by December this year and the two-storey shoplots by June 2023.

“As for Parklane Villa, we have sold two-thirds of the 180 units of double-storey terrace homes, leaving only 60 units available.”

Parklane Villa offers four bedrooms and three bathrooms for intermediate units, and an additional bathroom for corner units. Built-up area of the intermediate and corner units are 2,460 sq ft and 3,420 sq ft respectively. Aside from the spacious layout, the 20 feet width car porch area can park up to three cars, she added. 

Both Parklane City and Parklane Villa are under 999-year lease. 

Susan said Servay Hypermarket, 10 Star Cinemas, McDonald’s drive-thru and financial institutions are going to establish their outlets in Parklane City. 

She urged interested buyers not to miss the opportunity to invest in Parklane City and Parklane Villa. 

She is confident that the value of Parklane City and Parklane Villa will appreciate significantly upon the issuance of the OC owing to its strategic location along the Pan Borneo Highway and potential as a new thriving township in the district. 

Another project in the pipeline is the construction of four condominium towers at 19 storeys high, with a total of 656 units, at Parklane City. Each condominium has 160 units with a built-up area of 1,000 sq ft, as well as four penthouses.

Meanwhile, Chong said Susan is a visionary township developer, given the sheer size of her projects in Benoni. 

He also commended the contemporary design of Parklane Villa and the ingenious use of space to create a spacious and comfortable living environment. 

“The amenities at Parklane City, which include a cinema, medical centre, hypermarket and retail shops, makes it an ideal residential and investment option.”

He added that the association has organized the visit to Parklane City Show Gallery to learn more about the latest projects undertaken by Susan, who is also an advisor of PUMM Sabah. 

Meanwhile, PUMM Sabah vice chairman Patrick Chiam said the WSG Group’s major developments in Benoni will help draw big brands to spur the economy of the township. 

“On top of that, young Paparians who previously had to leave town to search for better job prospects elsewhere will no longer have to leave their families behind because of the new job opportunities in Parklane City and BCC,” he said.

He said the committee and members of PUMM are interested about Parklane City and Parklane Villa projects in Papar.  

“I believe Parklane City and Parklane Villa have huge potential, especially if the plan to relocated KKIA to Kimanis materialises,” Patrick said.

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