Penang South Islands (PSI), also known as the three islands project, is a proposed land reclamation project to the south of Penang Island (Pulau Pinang). The three islands will total 1,821ha (4,500acres), and will be a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial usage.
The project will be funded by sale of land, and remaining proceeds will go towards other transport and infrastructure projects on the island. One of the transport projects will be the Bayan Lepas light rail transit (LRT) that will connect Georgetown to the airport, and then continue to the islands.
[Illustration by penang.gov.my.]
Map of Penang South Islands.
Official Links and Resources
Official website: pg-mdc.com.
The Proposed Reclamation & Dredging Works for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) Environmental Impact Assessment (2nd Schedule) Study Volume 2: Main Report – April 2017. DR. NIK & ASSOCIATES SDN. BHD.
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Penang South Islands (PSI) Masterplan Design Competition (MDC)
On 16 January 2020 the five finalists were announced for the Penang South Islands (PSI) Masterplan Design Competition (MDC).
The Master Jury Panel will be announced by the Penang State Government in early February. All five submissions will be displayed in a public exhibition at the conclusion of the competition.
Submitted designs will be displayed here once they are public.
Bjarke Ingels Group & Hijjas Architects + Planners
Foster + Partners & GDP Architects
MVRDV & aLM Architects
Tekuma Frenchman & Eowon Architects
UNStudio & Architects 61
[Future Island A site, viewed from Batu Maung – 27/01/20.]
[Batu Maung fishing beach – 27/01/20.]
[Under the flight path of Penang International Airport – 27/01/20.]
Giving pulse to Silicon Island – [09/04/22]
“The first island from PSI will have a purpose-built city to achieve Penang’s growth goals.”
Penang to resubmit EIA for PSR project soon – [10/03/22]
South islands project could cost PH dearly, says analyst – [21/10/21]
“Pakatan Harapan (PH) lawmakers in constituencies that will be affected by the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project face a big dilemma – if they support their own state leadership’s plans, they are likely to end up losing their seats.”
Now, fishermen in Penang’s south want three islands project – [07/10/21]
“The three-islands reclamation project in the south of Penang has received a show of support, with a group of residents and fishermen handing a petition to chief minister Chow Kon Yeow, asking for the project to go ahead.”
Standing up to defend Penang’s fishing community – [03/10/21]
Malaysia fishermen in last-ditch bid to stop Penang reclamation – [06/09/21]
“Fishermen to appeal to federal government over Penang state’s plan to create three artificial islets off island’s southern shore.”
One island is enough for Penang – [07/07/21]
“Malaysian state’s offshore reclamation plans risk environmental disaster.”
Denial of the undeniable by blind supporters of Penang South Reclamation – [03/07/21]
“The bay of Teluk Kumbar, a rich seafood-producing area, should not, at any cost, be destroyed.”
‘With less than 80ha of industrial land, Penang needs PSI’ – [28/06/21]
“State exco says project will also expand industrial sector, provide more jobs.”
You want more land? Scrap Penang South Reclamation; Batu Kawan is your friend – [15/06/21]
“Will this mega-reclamation project truly benefit people in Penang and Malaysia – or will only a select few with vested interests profit handsomely?”
Land reclamation: Where’s Penang’s competency, accountability, transparency? – [11/06/21]
“The original justification for the PSR was to finance the transport plan. But now the justification and the link between the two have disappeared.”
As Nurul Izzah Anwar joins the critics, could Penang South Reclamation project be stopped? – [09/06/21]
“Critics say the multibillion-dollar island-building scheme, also known as BiodiverCity, will devastate marine life and may be rendered obsolete by coronavirus-fuelled work-from-home practices.”
PSI to go on despite objections – Penang CM – [09/06/21]
“Despite numerous objections from various parties, the Penang government will proceed with the Penang South Islands (PSI) project, formerly known as Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.”
Penang’s three-islands project – a sinking feeling – [09/06/21]
“The long-standing debate over the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) has seen a new push as political personalities from both sides have come together in asking for it to be axed, leaving the project’s owners, the state government, beleaguered.”
Clamour to scrap Penang South Reclamation grows louder – [06/06/21]
“Scrap this mega-reclamation project for good and explore more sustainable alternatives to uphold food security and sustainable mobility.”
Penang South Islands creates jobs, tangible state assets and increases social capital – [01/06/21]
Editorial from the Penang Infrastructure Corporation.
Nurul Izzah turns her back on Penang’s PSR project – [31/05/21]
“The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project has run into objections from an unlikely source – Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar of PKR.
She is now urging Putrajaya and Penang to cancel the project for three man-made islands and instead focus efforts on containing the pandemic, protecting the environment and ecosystem as well as the source of income of Penang fishermen.”
Penang South Reclamation – Who does it serve? – [12/05/21]
“We explained why the state’s project to reclaim 3 islands totalling 4,500 acres is unnecessary, unjustifiable and likely to fail. All appeals to conscience, logic and good governance have been stonewalled by those in power.”
Don’t start RM40bil reclamation project before appeal hearing, CAP tells Penang – [14/02/21]
“The Penang government’s decision to proceed with its three-island reclamation project even before an appeals board hears the fishermen’s protest has irked the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP).”
Stop the prostitution of Penang South sea – [31/01/21]
Penang sea project set to take off – [26/01/21]
“The proposed Penang South Reclamation (PSR) is set to get going with the state expecting formal approval for the environment management plan (EMP) once the movement control order is over.”
Why start 3 islands project amid recession, says CAP – [06/07/20]
“The Consumers Association of Penang today criticised the state government for signing a deal on its proposed three-island reclamation project, saying it is “highly irresponsible” in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Chow lauds benefits of proposed island reclamation – [10/02/20]
Penang reclamation project will stretch resources – [03/02/20]
Journey to complete 3 islands reclamation project will be ‘tedious’, says Penang CM – [16/07/19]
“Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said the journey to complete the three islands reclamation project is going to be a “tedious” one, owing to the list of 72 conditions imposed by the Department of Environment (DoE) and other safeguards.”
Penang’s new islands will kill marine life – [23/06/19]
PSR – Luddites will see Penang regress – [11/06/19]
Penang to sell 3 islands to finance the RM46 billion Penang transport master plan – [19/04/19]
“The three reclaimed islands, formally known as Penang South Reclamation, measure nearly 17 sq km. The islands measuring 9.3, 4.45, and 3.23 sq km will be reclaimed off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut, near Bayan Lepas.”
Islands to drive state economy – [16/04/19]
“Over RM70bil is expected to be raised from the three man-made islands under the Penang South Reclamation Scheme (PSR), enough to spearhead the state’s economic development for the next 30 years.”
Examining Penang’s south reclamation scheme – [19/12/18]
YouTube: Fishermen Under Siege: Land Reclamation Is Destroying Penang’s Fishing Tradition, a short documentary by Wade Shepard – [08/04/18]
‘Penang government does not have the people’s interest at heart’ – [27/08/17]
“The proposed Penang South Reclamation project, which is set to affect some 1,500 fishermen, shows that the DAP-led Penang government’s policy fails to take into consideration the people’s interest.”
Fishermen still say no to South Penang Reclamation – [17/12/16]
Penang split over transport infrastructure plan – [13/10/16]
“…the state government commissioned a transport master plan, which was conceptualized by U.K.-based consultants Halcrow and approved in 2013. SRS Consortium, a Malaysian group including the construction giant Gamuda and two local property developers, fleshed out the concept with a more detailed proposal. The first phase, due to be completed in 2030, involves the construction of a toll-free highway and a 21km elevated light rail transit line, both linking the center of George Town with the international airport. Three small islands will be created by reclamation and sold to pay for the works.”
Malaysia plans new smart city in Penang – [30/11/15]
Reclaimed land to fund project in Penang – [28/11/15]