Representatives from all parties turned up for Penang Forum 8, which was attended by over 200 people.
While media attention was focused on who among the Aduns and MPs turned up and who didn’t, the real highlight was the excellent presentations from a few of the presenters.
What we learned is that annual rainfall over the last several years has been higher than average. And to tackle floods, it is not enough to undertake flood mitigation projects. We have to look at all the causes of floods – eg erosion, run-off, debris in drains, and reduction in permeable surfaces – and then tackle each of these causes at source. Prevention is better than cure!
A few of those who spoke from the floor may have tried to score political points, and some emotions were running high.
But check out the informative slide presentations on the causes of the floods – and landslides – and what can be done to prevent them in future.
At the dialogue, Penang Forum collected a sum of RM3600 for the victims of the Tanjung Bungah landslide tragedy. Pledges from friends also came up to RM1,500. The total sum collected is RM5,100 so far. This sum will be passed to the the civil society group, Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign, which is currently working directly with the migrant workers affected by the tragedy.