Re-thinking Penang in a post-pandemic environment

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
29 June 2020

Senior Penang state government and municipal leaders recently met with Arup experts to discuss city responses in a post-pandemic context.

Like other cities across the world, Penang is living and working in very different ways because of the pandemic, with the intensifying need for digital adoption. There is also greater awareness of how city design, services and infrastructure can provide more benefits to users and communities.

It was a fruitful session to present and hear from the state leaders. I’m confident Arup’s insights can help Penang and other Malaysian cities to prioritise and formulate plans to adapt and gain advantage from a crisis in the new post-pandemic urban landscape. ”

Tong Veng Wye Tong Veng Wye Australasia Region Board Member

Twelve officials attended the meeting in Arup’s Penang office, including the Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the Mayor of Penang, State Executive Councillors and heads of the state digital coordination body and think tank.

Arup colleagues from Australasia and East Asia, including Peter Chamley, Tong Veng Wye, Neil Walmsley, Bruce Chong, Samantha Stratton-Short, Tony Chan, Chintan Raveshia and Anthony Leversedge, shared their expertise on city resilience, creating smart cities, climate change, walkability and sustainability. They also demonstrated Arup’s innovative digital tools such as Mass Motion, a powerful pedestrian simulation software. 

After the two-hour session, the Penang Chief Minister told the media he looked forward to further conversations with Arup about future collaborations. Read the state publication news here or watch the interview here.

Arup is well-established in Malaysia as building engineers, known for important city-shaping projects such as Malaysia’s tallest building Merdeka 118, KLCC developments, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Line 2, Komtar Tower, the Second Penang Bridge and Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

The local team is placing an increasing focus on city-wide challenges and opportunities by leveraging Arup’s planning and advisory skills with key strengths in design, engineering and implementation.