Penang land reclamation: Why the present EIA process alone is unsatisfactory

Penang Forum has issued a second statement on land reclamation: In Penang Forum’s statement (27 November 2015) on the Umno land reclamation motion, we...

Storm, flash floods on day Penangites participate in Global Climate March

Flash floods struck South East Penang Island last night, on the same day when 60-70 Penangites participated in George Town in solidarity with a...

The ordeal of Kevin Morais — and how we can honour...

I originally put this on my blog on 8 October. I'm putting it up again, given the widespread interest that his murder continues to...

Penangites join Global Climate March on 29 November 2015

Penangites will be participating in a global climate march organised by avaaz.org tomorrow in George Town ahead of global climate talks in Paris. The...

Penang Forum reacts to land reclamation motion

The Penang Forum steering committee has released a media statement on the recent motion in the Penang State Assembly regarding the proposed 4,000 acre-land...

Open tenders – so no corruption, collusion?

It does not necessarily follow that if you have open tenders, everything is transparent and above board.  All kinds of funny things can happen...

China construction giant debarred by World Bank for ‘fraudulent practices’

A large construction firm from China was debarred from bidding for World Bank projects following "fraudulent practices" in a major Philippines road improvement project....

Southern Penang Island land reclamation: Tell us, 1,500 acres – or...

There's been a lot of politicisation of the motion on land reclamation in Penang while the real issues surrounding the deal are clouded and...

Five PKR Aduns abstain from vote on Penang land reclamation

A DAP rep also breaks ranks. The motion calls upon the state government to conduct public hearings for feedback, opinions and recommendations before proceeding...

Botak Hill rezoning: Say what?

I am not sure I understand the logic behind the rationale given (see report below) for the rezoning of Botak Hill (from hill land...

A case to watch in Penang

Update (3.05pm): The case has now been postponed. Case management has been fixed for 4 December 2015. Terence Fernandez, the investigations editor of The Edge,...

Hefty pay rise for Penang ExCo members, Aduns: Report

This may have skipped your attention. Big pay rise for Penang reps, exco members The last pay hike was in 2013, when Penang Aduns reportedly...

Who were the seven BN MPs who did not vote for...

Three of the 14 Pas MPs broke ranks. But who were the seven missing BN votes? The voting at the policy stage: For - 128: 74...

Transparency needed for controversial RM270m Penang Hill cable car project

Transparency is needed not only for the land reclamation work in southern Penang Island, but also for the plan for the controversial cable car...

Serially late: 1MDB’s tale of missed deadlines

If you are late for school but if you have a good reason, you may be excused. But if you are habitually late, say,...

Something big is happening in southern Penang Island

"If there's something strange In your neighbourhood Who you gonna call?"* The murmurs are growing louder in southern Penang Island - and still we haven't...

Suu Kyi’s landslide win … and now even Burma may surpass...

I wrote a blog post on 16 September 2011 about a crystal-ball gazing piece I had written in 2005 foreseeing the scene in 2025. Some...

RM300m ‘Penang Sky Cab’ project?

Some quick observations on the Penang budget speech. The Penang state government has requested Penang Sentral Sdn Bhd to undertake a feasibility study for a...

New Canadian PM unveils ethnically diverse cabinet with equal men and...

An example for the rest of the world. They really have come a long way since 25 years ago when there was a huge...

Taman Tun Dr Awang flats: Finally … what a difference a...

Great news! What a world of difference. This was what the Taman Tun Dr Awang flats in Butterworth looked like before (see below) when...