In absence of Local Plan, field day for developers in Penang

According to an activist: “Good report by Himanshu on the Penang Island Local Plan and development issues.”

The excuse that that the Penang Island Local Plan has to wait for the several Special Area Plans (SAP) is not acceptable “as the Local Plan has a higher hierachy over the SAP in the Town And Country Planning Act. It is standard practice to gazette the plans of higher hierachy first (ie. Structure Plan, Local Plan and then SAP) and not the other way round,” added the activist. (more…)

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Botak Hill developer, director sue environmentalist Adun Teh Yee Cheu

Photograph: Carolyn Khor
Photograph: Carolyn Khor

First we had the horrendous scar on Botak Hill (Bukit Relau); now comes news that the developer, General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd, and one of its directors, Tan Kok Ping, is suing the environmentalist Penang State Assembly member for Tanjung Bungah, Teh Yee Cheu, for “slanderous statements”.

The remarks were allegedly made when Teh shaved his head bald in protest on 1 January 2014. (more…)

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