Photos have been circulating of cracks on the hlll-slope roads leading to the Vale of Temp.

Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about cracks on the road to Batu Ferringhi, not too far from where the sections of the road have cracked or given way.

Apparently, there’s even a sink hole, somewhere near Gottlieb Road. From what I hear, there used to be waterway from the Botanic Garden to Gurney Drive, which was covered over when Gottlieb Road was built.

You see, we have been allowing higher density property development, especially in places like Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi, without looking at whether the supporting infrastructure can cope. In a blog post about cracks on the road, I wrote: “Residents worry that the supporting existing infrastructure (e.g. roads) will be unable to cope with the higher density.”

That road near Vale of Temp was never meant for heavy vehicles or the heavy traffic that high density development has created.

The following is is the original blog post from 9 January 2015:

Stress marks and cracks have appeared along the main road to Batu Ferringhi which hugs the hillslopes along the north and north-west coastline of Penang Island.

Photo 100, near military camp

Batu Ferringhi Road showing affected stretches


This is a guest post by Prof Emeritus Eric Britton:

What troubles me most about the permissiveness and the ambition of present government policies in so many areas – such as protecting the forest reserves as just one example — is the entire matter of irreversibilities of which there are far too many examples and which do not seem to be taken into consideration.


Fisherfolk have once again expressed their unhappiness over the land reclamation in Penang.

There is a moral issue to consider here. The sea belongs to all of us: it is part of ‘the commons’. The commons is “the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately”.

Near the Mount Erksine market - Photograph: A concerned Mount Erskine resident

This photo was taken this morning after about four hours of intermittent rain. The developer has built retaining walls, but what about proper drainage for surface run-off during a heavy downpour and internal ground water?