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Sungai Dua is a neighbourhood in the central east portion of the Penang Island. Its name comes from the east-flowing Sungai Dua river, which joins the sea near the Queensbay Mall. Mostly an agricultural area up to the 1970s, Sungai Dua's population expanded rapidly when the University of Science Malaysia (USM) was established in 1969. This was due to the university's location just north of the town.

The 1980s saw a school, SJK (C) Keong Hoe, being established in Sungai Dua, further improving the appeal of the area for the residents at that time. More developments such as high-rises were also built during the 1980s, partly to support the influx of USM students, who form a large portion of the neighbourhood's population up till today. Yet another prominent school in the area is SMJK (C) Phor Tay.

Towns surrounding Sungai Dua include Bukit Jambul and Sungai Nibong. As of today, these two areas can be considered as mature townships, making Sungai Dua a good place to live with many nearby amenities, an advantage especially for students taking courses in USM and those working in the Bayan Lepas area.

For example, in the late 2000s a Tesco Extra hypermarket (formerly Makro) opened in the Taman Pekaka area of Sungai Dua, while there are two wet markets in Taman Lip Sin, the Lip Sin Market and the Super Tanker Market. The latter also has a well-known food court with a variety of food stalls available. However, this also causes congestion in the surrounding roads, especially in the morning.

Other amenities in Sungai Dua include clinics, convenience stores, pharmacies, eateries and car service centres. The Lucas-Ark Digital Mall, which used to be known as the Pan Palace Plaza, is also situated in Sungai Dua along yet another of its major roads, Lengkok Nipah, with a Sunshine supermarket as its anchor tenant.

Sungai Dua is also well-connected to other parts of Penang via public transportation, as would be expected of a neighbourhood with many students. Buses like 301, 303, 403 and U705 pass through the main roads of Sungai Dua – Jalan Sungai Dua and Lengkok Nipah. Furthermore, a bus terminal is located in the nearby Sungai Nibong, where buses arrive from and depart to other parts of the country (including Kuala Lumpur).

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Transacted Prices

This is a representation of historical transaction prices within the neighbourhood, categorised by non-landed (condominium, serviced apartment, apartment), landed (townhouse, terrace, bungalow, semi-detached, house) and commercial (office, shop).

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Transacted Prices will give you an idea of the neighbourhood’s property price trend.

Analysis & Comparison

Analysis and comparison of average transaction, for sale and for rent prices for landed, non-landed and commercial properties within Sungai Dua *

* To provide you the most accurate information some columns may appear as ‘Insufficient Data’ due to insufficient transactions in the area

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Consumer Price Index

This is a representation of Penang Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the year of 2011 - 2015

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A consumer price index (CPI) measures changes in the price level of a market basket of consumer goods and services purchased by households. (Wikipedia)

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) line shows an increment in prices of essential goods on a yearly basis, while the Percentage Changes line shows the level of changes in price increments over the years. For example, a dip in the CPI line may indicate a low level of price increment as compared to the previous year while a surge in CPI line shows a high level of price increment as compared to the previous year.

The above graph shows 1.742% of price changes in essential goods such as rice, meat and tobacco between the years 2011 and 2012, while increasing in difference to 2.093% in 2013. Prices of essential goods then increasing to 3.169% in the year 2014 while surging by 2.529% in 2015.

While the prices of essential goods have shown a variation in the Percentage Changes, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the other hand indicates a reality of ever increasing prices in essential goods with increments between the years 2011 - 2015 at 102.7 in 2011, 105.1 in 2012, 107.3 in 2013, 110.7 in 2014, 113.5 in 2015.

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