Shocking images reveal extent of deforestation

Are you surprised by the floods in the East Coast and Sarawak? Don’t be. Apart from climate change resulting in almost double the rainfall in December in the East Coast, the extent of deforestation is breathtaking in its sheer audacity.

Take a look at the video above and the photograph in the front page of theSun, reproduced below:

Where have all our forests gone?

Where have all our forests gone?

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Inspiring the young to write about deepening democracy

Aliran Young Writers Workshop 1 Penang

What happens when you put a group of youths in a room over the weekend, with plenty of coffee, and ask them to come up with an article ready for publication? Not just on any topic but on issues facing the nation. How do they grab the readers’ attention from the first paragraph and ensure that their writing is coherent, concise, engaging and readable? (more…)

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Charlie Hebdo terror mysteries

Why would a judicial police commissioner allegedly commit suicide while wrapping up a report on investigations into one of the biggest criminal acts in France in recent times?

Helric Fredou, a 45-year-old French police commissioner, reportedly shot and killed himself in his office at 1.00am, while he was wrapping up a police report after meeting with the family of one of the Paris murder victims. (more…)

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1MDB debt weighs down on Malaysian economy

Bloomberg has carried a report on the situation at 1MDB that Malaysians must keep a sharp eye on:

The Edge Financial Daily said this week the fund had missed a 2 billion ringgit ($563 million) loan repayment on Dec. 31. It has been given until Jan. 30 to settle the debt, which was first due on Nov. 30, the article said, citing people it didn’t identify. (more…)

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Batu Ferringhi residents launch petition against overdevelopment

Batu Ferringhi residents have launched an online petition expressing concern about high-rise high-density projects that could mar the tranquil setting (what remains of it) of this popular coastline.

This is the link to the petition.

Meanwhile, the Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020, which is the overriding planning document for Penang (just below the National Physical Plan), has this to say about the area. Note the densities specified: (more…)

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