Land reclamation: The Tragedy of the Commons

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This video has started circulating on social media, as if to say, “We are watching you!” It looks as if work on the land reclamation off Gurney Drive and Straits Quay is going full steam ahead despite yesterday’s serious incident.

This was what the sea off Straits Quay looked like yesterday morning, hours before a video emerged of a barge with an excavator on it overturning.

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Despite the strong waves, a boats with workers on board was seen heading off to sea at 9.15am yesterday, according to an eyewitness who happened to be at Straits Quay. “I was just talking to one of the workers (yesterday) morning and asked him, isn’t it so unsafe to go out in the rough weather?”

So far, we haven’t heard a squeak from the authorities about the condition of the excavator operator, who was responsible for this incident and what action will be taken. 

It was only recently that the state government removed BUCG from Consortium Zenith BUCG because of a crane accident that killed a woman in KL. 

In this incident in Penang, the excavator operator was apparently rescued – but he could have so easily perished.

There is a bigger tragedy here than just a barge overturning, and that is, the tragedy of the commons. In this case and in other land reclamation projects in Malaysia, what we are seeing is the gobbling up of an unregulated shared resource, the sea, mostly for private profit.
And this is accompanied by the ‘commonisation’ of negative costs – in this case, the damage to marine life, fisheries and food security – which are borne by the public.

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The Tragedy of the Commons, according to Wikipedia:

The tragedy of the commons is an economic theory of a situation within a shared-resource system where individual users acting independently according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting that resource through their collective action.

The concept and name originate in an essay written in 1833 by the Victorian economist William Forster Lloyd, who used a hypothetical example of the effects of unregulated grazing on common land (then colloquially called “the commons”) in the British Isles. The concept became widely known over a century later due to an article written by the ecologist Garrett Hardin in 1968. In this context, commons is taken to mean any shared and unregulated resource such as atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, or even an office refrigerator.

The tragedy of the commons is often cited in connection with sustainable development, meshing economic growth and environmental protection, as well as in the debate over global warming.

 

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Hokkien Digimon
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Hokkien Digimon

Latest tragedy for the Commons in Penang is now the fear of being retrentched or rice bowls affected?

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/09/176226/another-wave-retrenchments-hits-penang-manufacturing-sector?m=1

David Loman
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David Loman

Malaysia fell seven notches to the 25th spot out of 138 countries in the latest World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR).
http://www.theedgemarkets.com/my/article/malaysia-falls-seven-places-wef’s-ranking

Tragedy of Commons for those in midlife career facing structural unemployment due to skills mismatch, with household debts to settle.

David Loman
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David Loman

The 1MDB scandal dragged Malaysia down two spots to sixth place in the Corporate Governance (CG) Watch 2016 ranking of 11 Asia-Pacific countries. Malaysia scored 56 points, behind Singapore (67), Hong Kong (65), Japan (63), Taiwan (60), and Thailand (58).

lingam jr.
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lingam jr.

Najib is bringing down the nation.

Harry Sim
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Harry Sim

Ah Jib said no concern as he benchmark Bolehland against the failed states. What a shame!

zoro
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zoro

anil can only think as far as fishermen who numbered hundred but not thousands in electronic factories.

David Loman
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David Loman

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 ― Malaysians expressed more pessimism about their country’s economy than any other among five Asean nations polled, the FT Confidential Research (FTCR) has found. According to FTCR, the Malaysian respondents of its latest quarterly survey were less optimistic about economic performance in the next six months, in contrast to Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in its survey. “FT Confidential Research’s Economic Sentiment Index for Malaysia fell 6.1 points quarter-on-quarter to 29.6 in the third quarter of 2016, indicating that the majority of the 1,000 Malaysians surveyed expect the economy to worsen in the next two… Read more »

zoro
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zoro

still want to rent from singland even with. hikes? pg lang must be like tak boleh. money no problem?

Saljeet
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Saljeet

No confidence as the 2017 budget will see more wastage and leakage.

tunglang
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tunglang

So, while we lament tragedy for the Commons in Penang to include those retrenched, how will the surreal hikes of rents in George Town caused mostly by massive SingLanders’ buy up of secondary property market affect further the ability of retrenched Penangites to open their own businesses (after retrenchment)?
To give an excuse for gentrification > business creation is Absolut Vodka nonsense!
Gentrification of Penang by foreigners is also a tragedy for the Commons (potential local businessmen who are not loaded).

Hokkien Digimon
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Hokkien Digimon

The biggest tragedy if the commoners us money no enough to sustain basics in life!

When life is difficult due to financial constraints, matter like what we see n read daily are truly insignificant.

Justice is served when every one not in hunger because no money to pay for food.

David Loman
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David Loman

Any readers at the farewell session of the Kong Thai Lai kopitiam at Hutton Lane?
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1983072
The legacy will live on at Lebuh Leith.

David Loman
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David Loman

Famous ‘billionaires’ kopitiam’ closes shop in Penang

http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/1571286/

David Loman
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David Loman

The new Kong Thai Lai kopitiam at Lebuh Leith:
http://www.kwongwah.com.my/?p=205087

Same old coffee taste in a new surrounding.
More convenient for customers to park their cars.
Char Kway Teow and fish head beehoon stalls available.

tunglang
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tunglang

Fish Head BeeHoon as good as New Lane’s (fried fish head + beehoon, not the soup type?)?
New Lane’s very expensive – one M-sized plate of BeeHoon with 3-4 pieces of fish
costs more than Rm8.00 (trying to recall price from many months of abstinence).

David Loman
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David Loman
Harimau 2017
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Harimau 2017

The Commons many of whom are ardent readers and contributors of this blog should provide the wishlist to be compiled then submitted to PM for Budget 2017.

For me, I wish Permata to be extended to all Commoners children e.g. daily allowance of RM1 to subsidize canteen meals. If not possible, then disband it as it is unfair to spend taxpayers money on “selected” few per selected criteria.

What say you all???

bhaskal
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bhaskal

Reduce GST please, to 4%.

tunglang
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tunglang

PM’s wife should go budget nationally & internationally to prove their cakap serupa bikin –
no more 1K hair dressing
forgo super-expensive croc handbags
no diamonds-are-ladies’-best-addictions
fly Air Asia Economy, not private jet-setting
pls add to the list for Malaysia Budget.

Hijori
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Hijori

Better have proper audit on the expenses of Permata.

tunglang
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tunglang

Too complicated accounting with many bank accounts?

Erik Kantona
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Erik Kantona

LGE said better abolish GST.
DSAI said no need to pay back PTPTN.

Vote for Harapan!

Tommy Cay
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Tommy Cay

There will never be perfect solution for any given problem. Unfortunate things happen from time to time. A massive project like land reclamation is both time consuming and involves different men (women), machines, weather condition etc, not wise to focus on the mishaps and condemn the whole project.

Hokkien Digimon
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Hokkien Digimon

Baskets of deplorables are the focus of Anilnetto.com lately?

tunglang
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tunglang

While many Penangites cannot afford ‘affordable housing’, certain politician was nicely sold ‘below market rate’ bungalow for his ‘than sai kai’! Isn’t this more inhumanly CAT deplorable???
I leave it to the deep (not shallow) conscience of one who considers articles in anilnetto.com deplorable.
Mind you, leadership who ‘cakap tak serupa bikini’ is as slick as any snake-oil salesman in Lorong Kulit…

gk ong
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gk ong

Are the KFC chicken or McD’s McNuggets or Nasi Kandar chicken not from caged/farmed chickens?

Are you sure the chickens you bought at the markets are those free roaming kampung chickens?

Victor Sng
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Victor Sng

There are many viral videos with positive message on internet, but the blogger choose to feature a tragedy. Please spread positive message on humanity.

David Loman
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David Loman

Malaysia ‘Pokemon soft toy uncle’ rescued by the internet

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37426565

gk ong
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gk ong

Humanity is alive in Malaysia!

bhaskal
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bhaskal

We need more uplifting report like this one on Uncle David that is even reported on BBC.

David Loman
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David Loman

‘Pokemon soft toy uncle’ rescued by the internet

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37426565

Calvin Sankaran
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Calvin Sankaran

Anil – I don’t think we can call this the tragedy of commons in the economic sense. Based on definition this happens when individual self interests supersedes the collective common interests of the community. In our case it is not the individual self interests of people but the self interests of the state govt (in particular the CM) has been prioritized over the interests of Penangites. I believe a more appropriate name of this behavior would be abuse of power and betrayal of trust.

zoro
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zoro

why no comment on 1mdb? far worst no point talking?

Lim Siang Yee
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Lim Siang Yee

Selective. Choose not to see the bigger ill. Possibly being paid dedak.

LGE tak boleh
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LGE tak boleh

If you are referring to Anil’s blog, I hope it did not disappoint you. There are more than 100 postings related to 1MDB. 24 pages appear if you search 1mdb within this blog.

But if you are commenting on Calvin’s comment, why deviate from this posting?

zoroo
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zoroo

Very surprise with so many post, yet Calvin and you never utter a single word about 1mdb? Why cherry picking? 1mdb and selling land Malaysia air force for defence land to China for your interest?

LGE tak boleh
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LGE tak boleh

Again, you jump to conclusion. Again, have you done your homework?

zoro
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zoro

i have done mine but you only pour oil and grease to the floor.

glissantia
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glissantia

Even a relatively well-demarcated project such as a dam requires extensive modelling and study. Here, we are dealing with open sea. We are trying to imitate other countries that either have a severe shortage of land or more money than common sense.

Commenting here also reflect the trajedy of the commons. Irrelevant, partisan, obsessive and nasty comments lead to restrictions. Because of such comments, most of the websites no longer allow comments except through proprietary channels.

zoro
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zoro

dam is a damn when it fails. dams have to carry out risks assessents and dambreak studies and evacuation plans and mins of warnings given also the spillways design fir very extreme events. so how can one compare with bsrge. bad weather supposed to stay put. barge is not submarine

zoro
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zoro

please explain why penang is not short of land?

David Loman
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David Loman

The Joy of the Commons!
Majestic Theatre to be reopened after refurbishment and you can get to watch nolstagic old chinese movie in special 40 sen screening next month.
http://www.chinapress.com.my/20160919/大華戲院隔20年重開-40仙看場電影/

Lim Siang Yee
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Lim Siang Yee

Good to focus on the positive things in life. Keep it coming as times are really bad now.
Cheers!

zoro
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zoro

lucky no one went swimming. why no warning from marine dept or weather dept? is it because no one trust the reporting? other places depend. on weather report and prepare for it? again where tax money. we remain belakang

Meng Fei
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Meng Fei

The workers need to cari makan, not everyone can cari makan the same safe and rewarding way like those Umno folks.

Davendran
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Davendran

How come no report here on the flash flood at Jalan P Ramlee?
Is it because it could not be attributed to the state government?

XiaoBee
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XiaoBee

For the safety of the workers, please do not say tragedy. Pantang!

Jane
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Jane

The strong waves could endanger fishermen too.
So it is better for fishermen to consider commercial fish farming, instead of taking risks in the open sea.