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Is the natural and cultural heritage of Penang up for sale?


This is a guest post by Prof Emeritus Eric Britton:

What troubles me most about the permissiveness and the ambition of present government policies in so many areas – such as protecting the forest reserves as just one example — is the entire matter of irreversibilities of which there are far too many examples and which do not seem to be taken into consideration.

Violence by Red Shirts – How could this happen?


This is too much. We know the Red Shirts are trying to intimidate the public and deter them from participating in Bersih 5. But they have crossed the line by assaulting a Bersih supporter.

Penang Forum applauds city council’s attempt to clear George Town’s five-foot ways

An obstructed pedestrian walkway in George Town - Photograph: nomadicnotes.com

Penang Forum released this statement  yesterday, 6 October 2016 – but I didn’t notice any coverage of this in the media.

Syabas! Penang Forum would like to record our support for and the appreciation of the Penang Island City Council’s attempt to make Penang safer for pedestrians and more liveable for all users. 

As convoy set to enter state, Penang Bersih 5 team announces week of activities


Amal Relief Malaysia, a wing of Parti Amanah Negara, will assist in providing security for the Bersih 5 Convoy activities in Penang, the Penang Bersih 5 team announced today at the Aliran office.

Penang government rejects FOI request for access to SRS’ RM50bn transport proposal

An FOI request for SRS's transport proposal to be made public has been rejected

Whither transparency? There was much talk in Penang about freedom of information last week especially around Right to Information Day (28 September).

But sadly, when it came to the crunch, a freedom of information request to the Penang state government to disclose the 20-volume transport proposal by SRS Consortium was rejected.

Johor police show the way in separating Red Shirts from Bersih 5 convoy


Johor police appear to have acted professionally and firmly in keeping the Red Shirts away from a Bersih 5 convoy on 1 October 2016 without resorting to heavy-handed tactics or brutality. This is in sharp contrast to what happened in Perak.

Hopefully, their counterparts in the other states can emulate the Johor police in the way they separated the Red Shirts from the Bersih 5 supporters.

As Bersih 5 Convoy launched, Red Shirt mob harasses participants


The attempt to intimidate those participating in the Bersih 5 Convoy started this morning in Lumut.

And later, see below. You judge for yourselves who is acting aggressively. This is happening right in front of a mobile police van. Why were the groups not kept apart?

Here we go: Bersih 5 Convoy begins on 1 October; Red Shirts gather in counter-protest


Bersih 2.0 reports that the Bersih 5 Convoy will be flagged off at 9am on 1 October 2016 and will run every weekend until the Bersih 5 rally on 19 November 2016.

Where are these rocks at the Butterworth fishermen’s jetty coming from?

The pile of rocks at the fishermen's jetty on 28 September 2016 has grown higher.

Media reports have been full about the scarring and blasting at quarries in Batu Kawan which have alarmed nearby residents.

At the same time, over the last couple of weeks, the pile of rocks at the fishermen’s jetty in Bagan Ajam has grown higher. Where are these rocks coming from?

Land reclamation: The Tragedy of the Commons


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.