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New wave of Chinese nationals drawn to Malaysia

Photograph: South China Morning Post

A report in the South China Morning Post has highlighted a new wave of Chinese nationals moving to Malaysia. The report “Why are Chinese nationals moving to Malaysia?” mentioned two main categories:

Silent awareness walks in Penang to stop cruelty towards animals


Animal lovers in Penang are coming together for three walks to raise awareness about cruelty towards animals. So if you are concerned about cruelty towards strays and pets, this is the place to be.

As Gurney Drive changes forever, a nostalgic 1970s video goes viral

Photograph by a concerned Penangite

This photo was sent to me a couple of days ago showing the outline of the massive land reclamation taking shape off Gurney Drive (131 acres) and in the distance, the first phase of a 760-acre artificial island off Tanjung Tokong.

Tears over Tasik Chini – a once majestic lake now suffering


The biggest threat to Tasik Chini in Pekan is not the legendary Naga Seri Gumum (Malaysia’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster) but corporate activity and the greed of outsiders with vested interests.

Aduh! Nik Abduh trounced in Pas divisional polls; Husam makes waves


Pas youth leader Nik Abduh Nik Aziz suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to wrest the number two post in the Pengkalan Chepa Pas division from incumbent Dr Izani Husin.

Who will live on all the artificial islands Malaysia is creating?


With restrictions on the outflow of funds from China, what kind of impact will this have on the sales of property especially those on waterfront or reclaimed land in Malaysia? Are we in danger of creating ghost cities, where people buy property just for “investment”?

Tanjung Bunga: Good for developers, depressing for residents

File photo of the Sore Thumb

This was outgoing Tanjung Bunga Residents Association chairman Renji Sathiah’s farewell address at the annual general meeting of the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association on 25 February 2017:

Penang and Tanjung Bunga continue to be threatened with unrestrained and unplanned development. More and more high-rise high-density projects have been and are being built in Tanjung Bunga and Batu Feringghi, greatly increasing traffic flows through our neighbourhood to and from the city.

Penang’s new (artificial) island in the sun – for whom?


The first phase of a 760-acre island, mainly for the well heeled, is emerging off the northeast coast of Penang Island – part of the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 reclamation. Smack in the middle of where the Tanjung Tokong fisherfolk used to work.

‘Severe mistake’ to turn Komtar into transport hub, says German urban planner

An artist's impression of a transport hub at Komtar - Image: Kwong Wah

Most passengers do not have Komtar as their destination and to dedicate huge areas of prime land for platforms of stationed, waiting trains is undesirable, asserts Alex Koenig.

Where is Pastor Raymond Koh?


As people gathered at vigils calling for Pastor Raymond Koh’s release in George Town, Shah Alam and Johor Bharu last night, a CCTV video apparently showing the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh went viral on social media, raising even more questions.