It has been a most eventful day involving the three-island project in Penang and the plan to develop more than half the north Kuala Langat forest reserve. Aliran has just released this statement:
Today has been an inspiring day for People Power in Malaysia.
Two major successes in one day show we can never underestimate the power within ordinary people to bring about change.
The first was the fishing community’s successful appeal against the Department of Environment’s approval of the environmental impact assessment report for the three-island mega-project. The appeals board found that the plan, involving 4,500 acres of land reclamation in Penang, violated the then-2020 Penang Structure Plan, which was in force. Full statement on the Aliran website