Group raises concerns over Penang Botanic Garden corporatisation

The following are areas of concern raised by the Friends of the Penang Botanic Garden Society.The society will be seeking clarification from the...

Some questions about the quiet ‘corporatisation’ of Penang Botanic Garden

Update (15 November): The bill to corporatise the Penang Botanic Garden was passed yesterday with barely any prior publicity.One BN state assembly rep reportedly...

‘George Town looked as if someone had poured teh tarik over...

That's what a visiting friend of mine, a former Penang resident, remarked when he saw images of the flood in George Town.Check out the...

Clarify these hill land project approvals since 2008

The Penang state government claims no hill slope projects above 250 feet have been approved since 2008.If so, it needs to clarify this...

Tree planting: Tanjung Bungah remembers the landslide victims

An update from the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association:On 11 November, the Tanjong Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA) will be planting trees at the site of...

Penang landslides, floods: Unusual weather phenomena a sign of things to...

Aliran is holding a talk on Climate change: Global challenges, local solutions on 21 November in Penang. You might like to register here.Meanwhile, Penang...

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia launches fundraising drive for flood relief

If you want to contribute to the flood relief effort, please check out this initiative by this multi-ethnic, multi-religious civil society coalition.

Stop short-sighted urban planning; improve flood resilience, says TBRA

The Tanjung Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA) is once again calling for the state to halt all short-sighted and patchy urban planning that continues to...

A sleepless weekend in Penang – Why so much mud?

Where did all that mud come from?Guest writer tunglang shares his weekend with us:The howling started around 10pm on Saturday. The sliding glass-door...

Government must act now in wake of 4 November Penang flood...

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia are very distressed by the tragedy that has taken place yesterday and early morning today...

Penang’s nightmare: The morning after…

And so it has come to pass... reports of damage all over after a relentless overnight storm battered Penang. Near Straits Regency, behind Surin,...

Howling winds, floods haunt Penangites as rain lashes through the night

Barely a week after Penang Forum 8's Dialogue on Floods, prolonged heavy rain is lashing the state, inundating several streets.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-SHfaFMs10The freakish winds are...

Google Earth images show how Tanjung Bungah landslide site was cleared

These are Google Earth images over the last four years, which GIS expert Dr Kam Suan Pheng of Penang Forum downloaded and commented on.This...

Revealing Google Earth compilation of hill cuttings reported by Penang Hills...

Penang Hills Watch, an initiative of Penang Forum, has submitted three reports to the Penang state government containing a total of 56 cases of...

City councillor nominated by Penang Forum just delivered a brilliant address...

The local government in a democratic country should enjoy the autonomy and possess the integrity to make its own policies, rules and guidelines, city...

Penang Forum 8: Dialogue on floods – a call to action...

Representatives from all parties turned up for Penang Forum 8, which was attended by over 200 people.While media attention was focused on who...

Najib’s Budget 2018

How will Najib narrow the fiscal deficit ahead of the general election while dishing out the 'goodies' especially to rural voters? What about allocations...

Tanjung Bungah landslide: Penang commission of inquiry must have broad scope

The Tanjung Bungah Residents Association released the statement below. Incidentally, the chairperson Meenakshi was one of those detained under the ISA led under the...

Tanjung Bungah landslide: Five REAL facts you should know (updated)

Some purported "facts" are being circulated about the Tanjung Bungah project.Here's an alternative look at five critical issues:Was it really flat land...

Has Tanjung Bungah development been in line with Penang Structure Plan?

The over-riding plan governing development in Penang is the Penang Structure Plan. Gazetted in 2007, it should be legally enforceable.That, in my mind,...