The Edge has carried a fascinating news story about the degraded Bukit Relau in Penang. But the question remains: how was the land converted from hill-land to low-density housing and who was responsible for that? Bukit Relau: Tycoon breaks silence Written by Sangeetha Amarthalingam, fz.com (contributor to theedgemalaysia.com) GEORGE TOWN (Nov 18): In an astounding revelation, Penang tycoon Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping whose company illegally cleared parts of Bukit Relau early this year has vowed that development will not happen on that land.
According to the Penang Hill Local Plan, the recommended maximum carrying capacity of the hill is 10000 people daily – a threshold that has been hit or even exceeded during peak periods with the expanded capacity of the Penang Hill Railway following the controversial decision for the track to bypass the Middle Station. If cable cars are introduced, even more people will throng the hill, pushing the figure well beyond 10000/day. So no escape from the madding crowd for some peace and serenity then. This is from the Local Plan:
Activist Tan Seng Hai raises the alert about a clever ploy in property development and a building frenzy in southeast Penang Island.
A few more photos have emerged from a group of hikers and nature lovers showing the extent of degradation on Bukit Relau.