Civil society groups in Penang – Penang Forum (of which Aliran is part), the Consumers Association of Penang, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, and residents groups as well as environmental group Peka – turned up in full force at a packed press conference this morning to call for an end to all hill-slope development.
Of the dozens of cases of hill clearing highlighted by Penang Hills Watch, the site of the disaster this morning was the first in a series of dozens of cases brought to the attention of local authorities earlier this year.
A landslide has struck Tanjung Bungah somewhere in the hills near Lorong Lembah Permai 3 in Tanjung Bungah not far from TAR College at around 8.30am today.
Aliran invites young people aged 18 to 35 to participate in our Young Writers Workshop with the theme “Youth aspirations and the 14th general election” this weekend 21-22 October 2017 in Penang.
This statement was released today by a couple of dozen residents’ group from all over Penang Island in the wake of the worst floods in recent times:
Alarmed by the impact of the recent floods that hit Penang on 15 September 2017, several residents associations and community representatives have gathered together to make a collective call to the state government of Penang and their elected representatives to, this time, take the situation of rainfall, floods and hill erosion very seriously.