Residents of Kampung Bagan Ajam in Butterworth and Kampung Chubadak in KL are the latest folk to face eviction at the hands of developers. In Kampung Bagan Ajam, some 120 households are affected: 47 have reportedly accepted the developers'...
Attended a discussion on low-income housing in Malaysia and these were some of the points that surfaced. Federal/state policy on low-income housing has failed. Accessibilty and universal design (including pedestrian access) is often indequate. Public transport connections especially outside...
Another colonial-era village in Penang is set to be flattened - Kampung Siam of Pulau Tikus (behind the Pulau Tikus Police Station). According to a villager, residents, including those who have lived up to six generations on the land,...
From what I understand, the MPPP (Perancangan Pembangunan) has not received any application for the City of Dreams project nor does it have any information about it. And yet, this luxury condo project at Seri Tanjung Pinang (supposedly behind...
The Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 EIA report is on public display at Level 4 of Komtar until 21 February - but response to view the three volumes has been poor. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=140556 The process appears to be just going through...
The ongoing mega project known as 'Penang WorldCity', sprawled over 100 acres in Bayan Mutiara is set to turn the area into a jungle of highrise towers. One shudders to think to think of the impact on traffic and...
As the ringgit depreciates and as US quantitative easing tapers off, the era of low interest rates and cheap credit via bonds - the primary drivers of speculative investment - could soon end. Could that, in turn, lead to...
The activists want to inspect the damage and are calling for full restoration of the Bukit Relau hill-top and not just slope stabilisation. Penang Forum (PF) would like to commend YB Chow Kon Yeow for his full disclosure on...
Hopefully, the Penang state government will put in place a large public park and other free recreational spaces, vegetable farms and fruit orchards for food security, and planned sustainable transport infrastructure, including bicycle lanes and top quality pedestrian networks...
The Malaysian Insider has suggested that Penang is more expensive to live in than Kuala Lumpur. What do you think? Of course, mainland Penang is slightly cheaper than Penang Island. A friend told me he could get an 'economy...

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