The beatification of the slain Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, on the birthday of the church marks a watershed for the church under Francis’ stewardship.

At the start of his ministry as Bishop of Rome, Francis had expressed the desire to see the church transformed into the Church of the Poor. And on Pentecost this year, the Spirit, it would appear, is propelling the church in exactly that direction.

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The site of the City of Dreams project

It is the turn of the Gurney Drive residents to feel the pressure of high-density development in the absence of a gazetted Local Plan and the apparent flouting of density limits stipulated in the Penang Island Structure Plan.

At least four major projects are in the pipeline:

  • the City of Dreams project near the Gurney Drive roundabout
  • a 20-storey block addition to Sunrise Tower
  • a 41-storey hotel at the site of Corner Club.
  • the Setia V Residences: a 43-storey tower and a 48-storey tower.

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Now might be a useful time to recall what happened to high-riding Enron and its auditors Anderson. It goes to show that we cannot always trust the auditors, even if they happen to be big reputable ones.

After all, who pays their fees? The client. So are the external auditors really independent? You tell me.