1990s heritage inventory listed over 100 buildings from all over Penang

A Penang State Museum committee came up with this inventory of mostly private heritage buldings but the list seems to have "melted down", says...

Aliran launches online petition seeking unblocking of Malaysian Insider

Aliran has launched an online petition calling for the unblocking of the Malaysian Insider, Sarawak Report and other news portals. You can find the...

Solidarity with blocked Malaysian Insider

Concerned and disturbed by the MCMC move to block The Malaysian Insider. The blocking of Sarawak Report, Asia Sentinel, Malaysian Chronicle, and earlier, the...

PKR rep sacked from GLC post speaks out: Why the dramatic...

The PKR reps are concerned about new not-yet-approved land reclamation projects not the previous ones, says Kebun Bunga rep Cheah Kah Peng, in a...

Penang Forum statement on Green Lane road-widening

The Penang Forum steering committee has just released a statement on the Green Lane road widening. It can be found here. Any congestion in...

Silly season ahead of Sarawak polls has begun

With the Sarawak state elections expected to be held in April, we can expect all kinds of announcements to be made ahead of the...

Unwise to penalise PKR reps for abstaining from land reclamation motion

The sacking of two PKR state assembly members, Bukit Tengah rep Ong Chin Wen (the PKR state whip) and Kebun Bunga rep Cheah Kah...

Runnymede demolition – another in a string of controversial swap deals

The demolition by stealth of the Runnymede ancilliary buildings, which includes Raffles House, is the latest controversy that has plagued swap deals. Contrary to prevalent...

Photographs and timeline of Raffles House in Penang – now flattened

This was the building known as Raffles House in Penang, along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah/Northam Road. Notice the five 19th Century Doric order columns. It...

‘Special projects’ on hills: Penang Forum vindicated

Penang Forum's position against special projects on the hills of Penang, put forward by prominent lawyer Agatha Foo, has been vindicated in recent weeks...

Penang losing its ‘charm’ and ‘character’

I couldn't help thinking of the demolition of the Runnymede ancilliary buildings over the Lunar New Year, when reading this report in Buletin Mutiara...

Runnymede ancilliary buildings demolished: MBPP must explain

On the second day of the Lunar New Year, heritage circles in Penang were abuzz with talk that several buildings in the Runnymede property...

Protests erupt in Auckland: TPP signing is just the beginning

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Auckland and elsewhere as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was being signed on 4 February. The chant...

Wishing you a prosperous New Year – but what do you...

We are so used to wishing prosperity to one another over the Lunar New Year, but maybe it is time to look more closely...

New mobility agenda for Penang needed

Our guest contributor is Eric Britton, a sustainable transport expert who visited Penang a couple of years ago. He says, "The priority is not...

Seven reasons why I am against the Penang transport masterplan

Under normal circumstances, I would be the first to support any plan to promote sustainable transport in Penang and Malaysia. Unfortunately, I cannot support...

CAP: What is Penang without its roadside trees?

CAP has just come out with a statement below: What is Penang without her green? What is Green Lane without the Green? Penang is slowly...

No detailed EIA for three proposed Penang Island highways?

Construction of three highways in Penang Island is expected to begin in June 2016, but the consortium will only need a preliminary EIA before...

What? More Green Lane trees to be removed for road-widening

In this era of climate change, I was alarmed to hear that up to three dozen big trees could be removed along Jalan Masjid...

Now northern flank opens up against Najib as thousands rally around...

What would Najib make of this? In the west, there are the investigations in France and Switzerland. In the south, Singapore announced a large...