A drone video originally put up on YouTube depicting the serious landslide scars on Penang Hill was removed by the user after it was highlighted in this blog yesterday. The above still image was captured before the video was yanked out.
You can see here that the video has been removed. Ask yourself why they don’t want you to see the 3D drone images of landslide prone Penang Hill. Transparency?
Meanwhile, a group calling itself Anak Pinang, believed to be a group of state government supporters, has taken another potshot at Penang Forum. Check it out for your entertainment, and you be the judge. One of Anak Pinang’s main objectives as an “NGO” appears to be running down Penang Forum. All I can say to that post are the now-famous words of that that cool beer promoter: “You are hilarious.”
Speaking of NGOs, there are NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and there are NGOs (or rather GONGOs). Yes, there is such a term as Gongo. Gongos are government-initiated, government-organised or government-supported NGOs or groups – in other words, groups whose objectives are aligned with the government. They are set up to emulate other NGOs but they actually promote and further the government agenda.
As for Penang Hill, I leave you with a little reflection. When you put the authority of a public recreational area or park under the control of a corporation like Penang Hill Corporation or Penang State Park (Botanic) Corporation, invariably the ‘bottom line’ (ie making more and more profits) is likely to become more and more important, regardless of the environmental consequences.
Chances are the corporation will then start behaving like any other company, dreaming up all sorts of money-making ideas, projects and schemes. That is when a place like Penang Hill loses its charm as a tranquil getaway and instead gradually morphs into another Genting Highlands. Is this want Penangites really want?