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.
News updates and photos at skyscrapercity.com.
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.]
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.”
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]