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Another massive land reclamation project has received approval in principle from the Penang state government. This time it is Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd's plan to reclaim an additional 740 acres in Tanjong Tokong under Phase 2 of the...
This was outgoing Tanjung Bunga Residents Association chairman Renji Sathiah's farewell address at the annual general meeting of the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association on 25 February 2017: Penang and Tanjung Bunga continue to be threatened with unrestrained and unplanned development....
The news that a 138-metre tall tower dubbed 'Maha Tower' is being constructed in Langkawi has gone largely unnoticed. Why build such a huge structure to mar a natural paradise (or at least, what used to be a natural...
Not many Penangites are aware of a lovely green haven in southern Penang that lies in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of traffic and towering apartment blocks nearby. Here at the Relau Agro-tourism Centre enterprising folk are involved...
While there is much back-slapping over the accolade of being listed No. 4 in Lonely Planet's ranking of places to visit in 2016, it is important to be clear what that list represents and what it is not. The...
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud says that 70 per cent of the rainforest in Sarawak is intact and he is prepared to invite independent and international inspection teams to verify this. But Mark Bujang, the executive director of Brimas,...
We think we can put in place all sorts of fancy flood mitigation 'marvels' to keep us from being swamped. But what if it is our model of development - concrete (mega-property centric development) and tar (extensive highways and...
Almost all the useable land on Pulau Jerejak near Penang Island was sold to a resort, majority owned by the federal government's UDA Holdings Bhd. And Penang has incurred a RM19 million RM30 million loss on the deal. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 The Tropical...
Ah, population. Much of our development planning for housing and mobility including transport infrastructure hinges on what we expect our future population to be. If the population forecast is unrealistically higher, then we would be planning and building more homes,...
I attended the 8 December briefing on the review of the Penang Structure Plan at Komtar, and it was immediately apparent that there are serious questions that need to be answered. Those of you in Penang, please try and take...

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