Category: Marginalised groups

Land reclamation: The winners … and the losers

Property magnates are profiting from a spate of lucrative land reclamation projects around the country – but in Penang, a body representing the concerns of fisherfolk are concerned about the effects of land reclamation, pollution, siltation and erosion in coastal areas and rivers.

From left, Ilyas Shafie, Pifwa chairperson, along with the deputy chairperson, treasurer and a committee member expressing their concern about land reclamation and sea pollution in Penang

From left, Ilyas Shafie, Pifwa chairperson, along with the deputy chairperson, treasurer and a committee member expressing their concern about land reclamation and sea pollution in Penang

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Francis rocks church with radical rethink of economy

Francis, the Bishop of Rome, has come out with a new apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, that recognises the need to resolve “the structural causes of poverty” without delay.

Everyone should ponder over these words:

Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality,[173] no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.

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