Batu Maung

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Balik Batu Maung was a small town located in the south eastern corner of Penang Island. It is made out of many small villages namely Kampung Seronok, Kampung Binjai, Permatang Damar Laut, Kampung Batu Maung, Kampung Teluk Tempoyak and Kampung Jalan Baru. It used to be a small fishing village accessible only from Bayan Lepas. However, since the development of the Penang Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ), the fishing village was slow gaining its economic momentum.

The real rapid development started in 1994, when a highway was built on the reclaimed land linking Batu Maung to the FIZ, Gelugor, the Penang Bridge, and the rest of the East Coast. The highway is now known as Tun Lim Chong Eu Highway. The reclaimed land enables the Bayan Lepas FIZ to be extended toward Batu Maung. New light industrial zone know as the Diamond Valley was established to support the large multi-nationals in the FIZ. Batu Maung is also home to the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI), UNESCO's WorldFish Center and the War Museum.

Due to the increase in job opportunities, population in Batu Maung has increased tremendously. New housing projects were developed to cater for the needs. At the time, Batu Maung offered a cheaper alternative to the more expensive housing areas in Bayan Baru, Sungai Ara and Gelugor. However, this situation has started to change again. In 2006,the Malaysian Government announced that Penang's Second Bridge will be built from Batu Kawan on the mainland, to Batu Maung. This news has brought about further thrust to the already booming local property market. New developments are not only aiming towards residential projects, but also commercial establishments, with the intention to transform Batu Maung into a modern township. This Penang's southern development frontier is certainly catching the eyes of the investors within and outside Penang.

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