Penang Pearl of the Orient (Part 2)
In Prof Joe Choo’s last article, the geographical form of Penang Island was studied from an Environology perspective, with the right front and back limbs of the turtle-shaped island pushing it forward. George Town is located at the right front limb while Batu Maung is at the right back limb. We look at the contributing influence of this shape to the property market in Penang.
The vibrant activities at George Town is obviously seen and there is no need for further explanation. However, how far will Batu Maung go and where else will benefit from the natural land form?
Buying The Right Investment Property
From the map, you may spot two arms of the mountains which is almost similar to the two arms that appear on the right front limb, but is a smaller one. Nevertheless, it is still a crucial factor because it supplies the earth energy to the area with Sungai Nipah to stop the energy.
When the energy is stopped, it bounces back to form a pool of homogeneous energy, we have to tap into the energy that is collected at the concave part of the river but not convex. Therefore, the property developers have to plan correctly otherwise the property buyers will have to choose the right property if it is meant for rental return.
Why is it important for property buyers to choose the right units? If the property is feng shui-compliant, it will naturally benefit the tenant. When the tenant is doing well, they will then pay the rent on time otherwise, the turnover of the tenant will be high.
Potential Areas of Growth
At the end of the right back limb of the turtle, one claw is shorter than the other. In feng shui, the energy is stronger and better at the shorter claw. Besides, the natural landform of this claw allows only the shorter claw to have more development as the highland at the longer claw is almost reaching the sea side and not much land can be developed there. Coincidently, the shorter claw is the connecting point of the Second Penang Bridge to the mainland. Thus, the next upcoming place is the Batu Maung area on the island and Batu Kawan on the mainland.
After the right front and back limb of the turtle have moved forward, naturally the left front and back limb will be the next. There is limited room for development at any one of the limbs, so it is important to identify where the two arms which have the mountain range are. From the map, it seems like one of the arms appear be around the Kampung Sungai Rusa and Kampung Permatang Pasir area while the other one is at the Kampung Permatang Tengah and Pekan Genting area.
Between these two areas, which will be coming up first because they both have the arms to supply the earth energy? In feng shui, we always observe the highland mass and the next is to find out where is the river, lake, pond or sea is located. In this case, both areas have rivers and are both facing the sea which creates a confusing scenario. However, upon closer inspection, this is not confusing at all, other than to locate the concave and convex parts of the river. The confluence of rivers is very important too.
What is the confluence of river? It means the joining of two rivers becoming one, the joining point of the two rivers is where the earth energy is collected. From the map, there are more than two confluences of the rivers at Kampung Permatang Tengah and Pekan Genting. In a nutshell, this is the prospective areas for investors or property developers to buy land banks now before the land value goes up.
Prof Joe Choo was elected the President of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (“MINGS”) in 2008, a post which she currently holds. She was recently awarded a professorship by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She acts as consultant to various development projects and is frequently invited as speaker at many government and private property functions. Joe also conducts classes for the Persatuan Architect Malaysia (“PAM”) and the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (“MIEA”).