Fisherfolk’s protest against land reclamation in Penang (video)


This video of their protest off the coast of Tanjung Tokong yesterday was produced by independent film-maker Andrew Han.

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  1. According to an article in Sinar Harian, 200,000 hectares land which was classified as forest farming in Kelantan had been cleared . However, only 5% or 10,000 hectare is re-planted. The article ‘Banjir Berlaku Kerana Manusia’ (Flood happened because of humans) was featured in Sinar Harian dated Jan 16.
    In a press conference, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng questioned, “Compare this to 16 trees that are transplanted in Penang. Why the media did not give the massive jungle clearing in Kelantan any news coverage or frontpage it? Yet the media focus on Penang. This bias reporting is seen as a malicious act to smear Penang’s good name and image as a green state. They want to see our downfall with slanderous reporting.”
    Earlier, Lim had mentioned that the 16 trees transplanted due to the widening of the Jalan Masjid Negeri had thrived and survived. This was confirmed by MBPP’s Director Management Services, Haji Akhbar Mustapha.
    Lim quipped, “When the massive jungle clearing in Kelantan happened and caused severe flooding, there was no news. Yet, when trees are transplanted in Penang, it is as if the sky if falling down.”

  2. Desperately sad. Penang is known internationally as a beautiful and economically properous ISLAND. Fishing in the local waters should be proetected and respected, but draining away the ocean to build posh housing and roads is mercenary to the point of self destruction!!!

    • The Penang government must learn from the Johor government that has successfully convinced its Bangsa Johor to merrily welcome all sorts of development including reclamation and creation of 4 artificial islands to build Forest City…

    • Earth Day: Listen to the pains of a fisherman

      The reclamation works on the Straits of Johor have affected coastal and riverine fishermen all along its coast. The destruction of mangrove, the quality of water, pollution and so forth have reduced the numbers of fish, crustaceans and other marine life that provide these fishermen with a livelihood.

      The Malay and a family of Chinese fishermen share Kampung Bakar Batu with an Orang Seletar community. The Orang Seletar live in a 14-acre Asli Reserve — at least for now they are safe from the property developers who now own this stretch of land that lie between two rivers.

      The Malay and Chinese villagers of Kampung Bakar Batu have been ordered to vacate and move to low cost flats, with minimal compensation and without due consideration to the berthing and security of their fishing boats.

  3. For whom are we developing a state or country?
    Easier said than done (depending on which side of the coin one is arguing).
    Read: Runaway global inequality could ‘pull societies apart’, warns Oxfam

    The gap between rich and poor has never been as wide as it is today, and growing inequality could lead to greater instability, a report by Oxfam warns.

    The report, released today ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in Switzerland, identifies large corporations and the super-rich as drivers of inequality.

    “Left unchecked, growing inequality threatens to pull our societies apart. It increases crime and insecurity, and undermines the fight to end poverty. It leaves more people living in fear and fewer in hope,” the British-based charity said.

    In the year 2015, the richest one percent owned more wealth than the rest of the planet and currently eight men own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world, the report says.

    While there has been economic growth, Oxfam says it has been hugely uneven. Incomes of the poorest 10 percent increased by less than US$3 a year between 1988 and 2011, while the income of the richest 10 percent increased by 182 times as much.

    Businesses are the lifeblood of a market economy but not when they work for only the rich, the report says.
    (Note: This point is most apparent in development nowadays where money-making is God, doesn’t matter that the 99% receives dedak)

    Corruption and cronyism

    The trickle-down notion of wealth had been proved wrong, Oxfam argues, as it was based on several false assumptions, including that the market was always right. Corruption and cronyism have distorted markets and they needed to be managed, the report says.

    In an effort to deliver higher returns to shareholders and management, corporations were driven to squeeze their workers and producers, dodge taxes and influence policies through crony capitalism, Oxfam adds.
    (Note: Why foreign labor is a highly addicted excuse for running a business on survival gear)

    “Together we need to create a new common sense, and turn things on their head to design an economy whose primary purpose is to benefit 99 percent, not the one percent.”
    (Note: This can be done, BUT it takes political will & UBAH thinking of businesses for long term survival)

    On Wednesday, the WEF released its Global Risks Report, which stated that “rising income and wealth disparity is rated… as the most important trend in determining global developments over the next 10 years.

    “Reforming market capitalism must also be added to the agenda,” the WEF report said.

    Oxfam calls for governments to cooperate, not compete, to ensure that taxes are fair, the environment is protected and workers are paid well.

    Technology should be harnessed by governments to reduce inequality and women’s unpaid care work should be better recognised, the report says.

    • No need to be concern about the Oxfam report.
      Our country is itself with social divide and widening wage gap.
      The BN cronies get datukship to further enhance their wealth with government contracts…

      • BN or not BN, all political parties, once in power will become political traders.
        Traders of all sorts – selling lands, seas, hills, future of traditional trades & fishermen, anything in exchange for Money. Corrupt to varying degrees.
        So, any wrong should be challenged otherwise our fate will be like Botak Hill – a future that is irreversible no matter how many trees (promises) are planted for show as sandiwaras.

  4. Q: Why does a state want to reclaim land (from the seas) when there are already other available lands in mainland Penang?
    Q: Isn’t it more expensive to reclaim land (from the sea) than to use existing land?
    Q: Is the state ready to face the adverse environmental + economic consequences of land reclamation, even if an EIA report projected otherwise?

    Note: This is questioning Penang State Gomen development approach & has nothing to refer or to compare to Johor development which has more than enough existing land than Pulo Pinang.

  5. Should record what measly catch these fishermen will net for a day.
    And record the surrounding sea water quality with a lab test.
    Drone camera capture the entire sea showing a much reduced sea fishing area.
    And record as indisputable evidence against halo-EIA, dead marine life & reduced jelly fish.
    Any financial compensation should be video recorded as evidence of any hanky-panky.

    And make a CAT replica to sacrifice to the sea gods if indifference of those recalcitrants persists.


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