Imagine a cable car station around already congested Penang Botanic Gardens

This is what the Penang Botanic Gardens area looked like this Sunday morning.  The crowds at the gardens and the nearby Youth Park - even...

Unfair to remove Tanjung Bunga rep’s constituency allocation

The reported decision to remove the RM200,000 constituency allocation from the hands of the Penang State Assembly member for Tanjung Bunga, Teh Yee Cheu,...

Celebrating Penang’s musical heritage

The Penang House of Music (Level 4, Komtar), which treasures the memory of the finest musicians to come out of the state and their...

Mystical clouded Pulau Jerejak is Penang’s answer to ‘Jurassic Park’ island

This photograph of Jerejak Island on 11 January 2018 shows clouds hugging the jungle-clad hill-tops of the island and conveys a sense of foreboding...

After downpour, siltation along stretch of Batu Ferringhi beach

Immediately after rainfall in Penang on 5 January 2018, which again resulted in sporadic floods, a friend sent me this photo of siltation along...

Peninsula Pakatan seat allocations in 2013 vs 2018

The seat breakdowns for the peninsula among Pakatan Rakyat parties in 2013 and Pakatan Harapan parties in 2018. (The 2013 figures were provided to...

In less than a week, two dolphins found dead in Tanjung...

Two dolphins have been found dead on the beach in Tanjung Bunga in the space of six days. The first dead dolphin was found...

Why are so many non-Chinese enrolled in this Johor Chinese school?

A Chinese vernacular school in Johor has received a record number of new non-Chinese Malaysians pupils, who make up more than half of its...

Poll: Are you satisfied with Mahathir’s apology?

Well, he has finally listened and bitten the bullet. Imagine, he has said sorry... bet you didn't see that coming. Said a friend, "I...

Make public state ‘action plan’ on paired road projects

The Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) deeply regrets the approval by the Department of Environment (DOE) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the...

Why massive land reclamation in Penang is not a great idea

Independent film producer Andrew Ng, winner of the Freedom Film Fest grant award, has come up with a new video on why Penangites should...

A Christmas and New Year wish from the heart

While all attention is Trump's recent decision to move the US embassy to the city, many have forgotten Bethlehem, which lies in Occupied Palestine...

Penang Island mayor Maimunah appointed as UN-Habitat executive director

The UN has just released the following statement about Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who only recently, from 1 July this year, took over as mayor...

The Penang Island map they won’t want you to see

It is not that difficult to predict which areas of Penang Island are most prone to landslides with a high degree of accuracy (almost...

Penang transport masterplan: Back to the drawing board

On Sunday, while I was waiting for someone outside a mall in mainland Penang, I observed the throngs of people arriving to shop or...

Aliran retooling to stay relevant

I was invited to BFM Radio to talk about Aliran and how it has evolved over the years and the challenges we face. I...

Of autocrats and populist leaders

A activist-friend of mine alerted me to these thoughts compiled on rsn.org Facts are powerful. This is why autocratic rulers make such an effort to...

‘Hard Talk’ with Mahathir, Husam and Saifuddin Nasution

This might help keep you occupied this Sunday. Share your thoughts below.

Penang Botanic Gardens: Restructure enactment, formulate masterplan, drop cable car station

One of the things that they seem to be trying to insert into or around the already congested Penang Botanic Gardens is a cable...

Worrying weather graphs the media haven’t shown you

Remember the good ol' days when life was a lot simpler and the weather forecast was simply "cerah" (sunny), "mendung" (cloudy/overcast) or the famous...