Imagine – an RM8bn six-lane highway ‘flying over’ Penang Hill railway!

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One of the reasons why I am against the SRS proposals for Penang transport infrastructure is the literally over-the-top plan for an RM8bn 19.5km north-south highway that will actually cross over the Penang Hill railway. This idea could have come straight out of Fantasy Island.

What? You didn’t know that it would fly over the Penang Hill railway? How come they didn’t tell you this? 

As we are not allowed to take photographs of the 20 volumes of the SRS proposals which were finally put on display at the Dewan Sri Pinang after much pressure, the above is a Penang Forum artist’s impression of what this ‘amazing’ flyover wlll look like. (Now you know why they don’t allow cameras in!) 

Can you imagine the piling work on the hills, the forest clearings along the route and the carbon emissions from the highway? 

If that’s not bad enough, the plan for this highway, originally meant to be four lanes in all at a cost of close to RM6bn, was expanded to six lanes on who-knows-what grounds. The estimated cost jumped to around RM8bn. What’s a couple of billion here or there. Say goodbye to the Penang you once knew.

All this is to be financed by the sale of 4,500 acres of land reclamation to build three artificial islands off the southern coast of Penang Island for mostly high-end property development. If all this sounds bewildering, it is because it is.

This is the route of the highway, covering seven main stretches and half a dozen interchanges:

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1) From Gurney Expressway via Bagan Jermal Road and Gottlieb Road (see artist’s impression below) to the edge of Youth Park (1.4km);

2) A tunnel from near the Youth Park to Taman Cantik in Air Itam (2.8km);
3) An elevated stretch hugging the hill above Air Itam flying over the Penang Hill railway and an area behind the Kek Lok Si (2.0km);
4) A tunnel from an area not far from Kek Lok Si to near Emerald Heights Condo/the Hokkien cemetery in Paya Terubong;
5) An elevated highway from the Paya Terubong interchange along a new corridor, the Paya Terubong Highway;
6) A tunnel from around the Taman Suria Vista areas in Paya Terubong to Jalan Tun Sardon, Sungai Ara (2.3km);
7) A tunnel from Sungai Ara to the Lim Chong Eu Expressway via Desa Ara.

The entire 19.5km highway, which includes 7.4km of tunnels, is expected to affect about 74 homes and shops, which are euphemistically referred to as “encumbrances”.

So essentially, Phase 1 of the SRS proposal, which covers the period until 2022-23, is mainly made up of this RM8bn “Pan Island Link” highway and the almost-as-expensive RM6bn Komtar to Airport elevated LRT line. Hardly the most progressive thinking in terms of public transport and sustainable mobility.

Good luck, Penang! With all these tunnels and hill-hugging highway stretches, you will need it. At least these outlandish plans will give you something to talk about over the Lunar New Year holidays.

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Penang Mari
Penang Mari
I guess everybody has their own selfish idea for Penang. Most wanted Penang to stay the same. Unfortunately they are not looking at the big picture here. We are a young nation comparatively [historically too] so our population will grow very fast. Unlike mature cities and countries where population growth is slow or stagnant, we cannot have the same numbers of housing or infrastructure. You can “preserve” cities or countries if they are not growing rapidly since birth is offset by death. We cannot use the same model here. As population grow, there’ll be demand for housing and infrastructure. If… Read more »
Mr Slugterra
Mr Slugterra

Penang Island is fun to come and enjoy shopping and dining street food only.
We retirees prefer to live in more open less congested area, and prefer to take KTM to Butterworth, then Ferry to the island, and use RapidPenang to move around.
Once a month good enough as we dislike traffic jam.

zoro
zoro

very good advice for baby bloomers. retire and come back once a month

tunglang

So, you now change career from Komtar Dedak Addict to Online Property Sale Adviser for greedy developers!

zoro
zoro

dedak dont pretend to be rainforest msn when you encourage everyone to use food truck after using 4wds. here mr slugterra is asking to stay in belum or any other rainforest and come to pg once a month. you no understand easy english?

tunglang

Blah, blah, blah, blah, belah!

tunglang
KY Chan
KY Chan
Almost all Muslim countries and that includes Malaysia has a perpertual tual and indefinite ban on the entry of Israeli passport holders -read Jews. Still, Israel don’t get into a hissy fit. By contrast, Donald Trump has NOT banned all Muslims from entry into U.S BUT it is only to the citizens and passport holders of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Even then, it is only for 90 days and as Donald Trump said during his election campaign “to find out what the hell is going on”. Malaysia which bars Israeli passport holders and is not on… Read more »
tunglang

Americans should ask again “what the hell made it happened – 911?”
The culprits are so obvious – just sue the Saudis.
But Obama was curtsy to this terrorist issue – so polite-political-apologist.
Now Trump has to fix this homeland terrorist problem once & for all.

Joon Ping
Joon Ping

Truman’s anti-immigration policy is a good topic for Anil to get readers to further discuss.

Horace
Horace

Anil previously supported Sadiq Khan the Muslim as the London mayor, without realising that most Muslim immigrants to Europe still cannot assimilate into the European culture of freedom, human rights and open society. Trump has seen such problems in Europe and is taking the right action to curb the uncontrolled Muslim immigrants and refugees to US until a solution is found.

tunglang

Anil, a fan of Obama Curtsy (to Islamic terrorists)?

Joon Ping
Joon Ping

Sorry, I mean Trump. Error caused by spell check on my smartphone.

Anyway, what is your view on this matter, Mr Anil?

zoro
zoro

have to spin for dedak. kelantan no development oso flood every year. same with segamat. why gilakan not helping out?
whose buying those condo is your problem? you help the rich and not poor like gilakan gomen?
you support gilakan gomen jerejak was used as ship and repair with all the motor oil, paint and construction waste spilled into the year. ship repair and building is like having a motor kapcai repair shop in botanical gdn. why are silent as you supportive.

zoro
zoro

cat nightmare cause working like a DOG. dog sleep day time and work night time

zoro
zoro

oso many buta2 and gilakan with gilakan park and dumno.

zoro
zoro

tell us how you bull.. to solve the traffic problems? even sing gomen under closed enviro as island is building highways you want to be n. korea regime to stop cars from perak kedah perlis and selangor from going to pg when they paid federal road taxes and toils. you another dedak. car owners pay road tax to federal gilakan regime and not to state. road tax are meant for roads and not fisherman’s boats or higher edu.

Shum Shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tboXOZawZEwhum
Shum Shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tboXOZawZEwhum

The Sun’s Mr Goh Ban Lee in his 3 Jan column calls for Dr Lim Mah Hui to be popularly voted in via local govrenment charter to be The Mayor of Penang.

So Penang Forum must work towards that instead of appearing to cross the line wiith the local administrations ?

What say you the readers ???

tunglang

Appointment of Penang Mayor under the purview of CM?
How to see eye to CAT’s eye?

Joon Ping
Joon Ping

Penang island to be made a Federal Territory if BN recaptured it in GE14? How would Penangites react to this speculation?

tunglang

Can Anil put this up as a topic for discussion?

zoro
zoro

you can work like again as ph was unable to ask gilakan fed gomen for local gomen. you can cat pg forum to produce videos

Shum Shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tboXOZawZEwhum
Shum Shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tboXOZawZEwhum
Penang Forum and the likes need to create creative short videos to post them on youtube to get their intentions across to the public. Right now SP Setia (using Penang new singing icon Lee Pei Ling in its CNY ad) and Eco World (Spread The Love Share The Joy theme) and even Tropicana Properties (Tales of Our Table) are putting out CSR kind of CNY to appeal to the public ! However, Ivory Properties of Penang is rather “kiamsiap” not producing CNY video to Malayians probably its CEO Dato Low Eng Hock now eyeing the World instead ? We hope… Read more »
XiangFan
XiangFan

Penang Forum can have its own video channel on Youtube.
Nowadays young people seldom read, but get their info from short viral videos.

Sean
Sean

Stop all the developments in Penang island !
I don’t like all those structures at all !

Fadli
Fadli

Ask yourself if you are willing to forgo your personal car to take public bus or Uber/Grabcar?

Sean
Sean

I don’t own a car at all !

Enso
Enso

Good for no car Sean as RON95 price has gone up 20 sen per litre. Expect higher fuel price to burn your pocket if Brent Oil price continues its climb. Remember BN has removed fuel subsidy!

zoro
zoro

majority pg lang owns cars but nof foreign workers.
why not share your secrets. how you go around? kapcai or swing like spidy

zoro
zoro

If like Dr Lim, then can be a mppp councillor too to follow his foot steps

Sonicfish
Sonicfish

Ah, I guess he must be cycling around like Dr. Lim Mah Hui…

zoro
zoro

gomen has to listen to majority wish who opts for cars. we have rtd, spad, mot, ferries and ngos but are they oso doing something to improve the situation? note public buses utilisation is 60% and only operates half as it can goes up to 110 or 120% assuming some overloading afterall it is federal.

Fadli
Fadli

Kelantan may suit you as there is hardly any development there for decades.

RubyRose
RubyRose

Good advice for the Year of the Rooster!

tunglang

That’s very cocky!

Damien
Damien

Don’t who complaint about the ugly modern infrastructures must now have contingency plan to have alternate place to live should the future becomes unbearable to them.

This new year many developers are promoting more affordable home on the mainland e.g. Kulim, Sg. Bakap etc. Don’t envy others who make right choices right now to book for retiring homes which are spacious and close to nature. I know Tee is enjoying his life at SP tossing yee sang now!

tunglang

Come to the WildCAT Fantasy Island of Malaysia, up north where CATs dig tunnels into hills & build dizzy flyovers in the wildest fantasies.
Mr Tattoo, you ain’t see no pure fantasies in your wildest dreams in the Pacific.
Fly over to the south of the Andaman Sea, apply for a job with a role to call out “The Plane, The Plane”
Make this the Ultimate Fantasy Island of flying cars & tunnelling CATs!

Anil, will you have the wildest dream of your life tonight?

Joon Ping
Joon Ping

Car population increases exponentially in Penang, so simple road system can no longer able to alleviate congestion. Over the top or under the ground, I think most Penang motorists would not care so long as their car could cruise effortlessly without stoppages caused by traffic congestion. The best way is to implement electronic road pricing to force Penangites to abandon their cars and opt for public transportation.

Fadli
Fadli

Spot on!

Shila Kaur

Are they completely nuts?

zoro
zoro

pg lang are not nuts if they walk. cycle roads are required.

muisze
muisze

No such need if you could curb the enthusiasm to own and drive cars.

zoro
zoro

but this is the majority who wants this way. federal has more power. rtd polisi spad mot mof and income tax. even almighty cannot stop 2 atom bombs as compare to tokong

Fadli
Fadli

Why Penang Forum never look at the increasing car population as a root cause to all problems?

zoro
zoro
transport plan but who operates the tram transport and can break even or running a loss like the ferries? why inaction in this forum as ferries have been sold to another party? why ngos are very silent as ferries are operating as when they like. there is no time table for the ferries. as for buses we have transport plan for 60% operating capacity. if they add more buses, they will be running at a deeper loss and our gst will increase to 10%. more empty buses on jammed roads. more pollution and global warning. more buses jamming the road… Read more »
tunglang
Anil, the real objective (I suspect) to bring the PTMP as an upfront state transport solution into realisation via swap deals is: 1) to bring about concretised development funded by developers (let these with money fund the state’s property & infrastructure development) – brick + mortar + tar development is a tangible way to let others see development as a state political portfolio to crow about. 2) to blame the Feds of measly development funding, which is an excuse to execute this ‘despicable & wild’ transport planning at the behest of greedy & wild developers (with Money Can Talk Louder)… Read more »
tunglang

… the most Despicable of CATs.
No wonder what you held close to your hairy chest until ‘forced’ to reveal all those not-up-to-date despicable development (or more like developers’) plans are such wild fantasies with no care for your Absolut Vodka Mantra: “Cleaner Greener Penang”. So wild, these despicable plans are stuffs of wild dreams of addicts in the back alleys.
… 1st Class Bluffer Penangites ever come across.

May Karma cross path with you …

zoro
zoro

That is very cocky two.

tunglang

… Pls try harder!

Peter Tan

If this is true, why is the state government intent on scarring the island with all these ugly infrastructure and destroy the sights Penang is famous for?

Fadli
Fadli

The sight of more cars on the road is more scary and scarring.

tunglang
Wait till you see the Despicable CAT’s PTMP in total fulfilment – scaring the hill sides (like leprosy) with snaking highways, left, right & tunnelling, scary to see noisy speeding cars ‘flying’ along flyovers over no-more-serene housing estates & over the top of Penang Hill Railway line, alarming to see the building up of acidic + toxic carbon monoxide inside hill tunnels & toxic deposition on once greener & cleaner lush hillside forests, more bottlenecks @ every major road junction exiting wild snaking highways (go to Juru & nearby highways to x-perience real-life bottlenecks), nerve-racking to forgo once blue sky… Read more »
engineer
engineer

Bull…! You mean you agree with Penang state government to build more highways? If Penang government couldn’t solve the traffic problem, what’s the difference between them and the Federal government?

KY Chan
KY Chan

What makes you assume that BN will not be developer friendly if Penang is under BN? You may see the entry if PRC developers into Penang, just like in Iskandar Johor.

engineer
engineer

Unfortunately, Penangites still blindly support the DAP regime. Let them eat “telur” this coming election, OK or not?

zoro
zoro

or like kelantan. with very few housing or industrial development why kelantan flood annually almost wo fail?

engineer
engineer
What Kelantan has to do with Penang? Anil writes about Penang here, so stick to the topic, don’t spin!! The issue here is unsustainable development spearheaded by DAP regime ! Why there are so many expensive condos being built in the island ? Who are buying it? Who is marring Jerejak island now with all these crazy developments? Who is going to destroy the livelihood of fishermans due to the crazy 3 islands reclaimation plan?? All initiated by the DAP regime lead by a leader who is ironically charged with corruption, lol!!! Penangites deserve the state government they elected if… Read more »
zoro
zoro

who spin about flooding? kelantan no development also flood every year. why dont blame francis light for scarring pg and all the chinese clans building temples and kongsi when pg was once a virgin pearl? why not go and find out why call beach road when there are reclamation extended to weld jetty? why worship angmohs for building a furnicular and scar the hillslopes?
jerejak was once very peaceful andyou are sleeping when they havd a shipyard. ship ward with all motor oil, weld and scrap irons. yetyou all silent on this.

tunglang

Wanna know why there are so many expensive condos being built in the island ?

Prices of properties proposed (in paper) for Penang before approval of any developer’s plan is ‘sieved’ & approved by State Planning Committee (SPC).
So, no guessing who is the ultimate AOK Master of Penang’s sky high pricing of condos (everywhere).
Read my above comment on ‘CAT want to strike 2 birds with one PTMP.’

We may need the service of RSPCA to catch the cat.

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