The PGCC developer has taken its road-show to Queensbay Mall
Looks like the PR battle has begun. The Penang Global City Centre developer is on a road show promoting its project in Queensbay Mall and Gurney Plaza in Penang.
Just received in the email the following hypothetical conversation between the pro-PGCC lobby and a member of the public.
Would have been hilarious if there wasn’t a ring (more like alarm bells) of truth about the details of the project. Though the conversation below is probably hypothetical, I am told that those promoting the project do not have all the answers when questioned by people who are more in touch with what the plan actually entails. Makes you wonder if they really believe what they are being paid to promote.
Visitor: Carbon 0? What is this carbon 0, huh?
PGCC promoter (PP): Ayuh you dont know huh, no pollution lah.
V: How can no pollution, I hear got 27,000 or something car parks eh? You all giving people free electric car, huh? Or giving that transporter- scooter thing to everyone huh?
PP: No lah, how can, must win contest. Really got so many car parks ah? I dont know lah about these things, I’m not technical person…..’
V: Where the 37 or 40 tower blocks we hear about huh?
PP: Not yet lah, not designed yet….but sure got lots jobs for everyone…
V: But we got jobs already and have to find foreign workers and all kinds to do the jobs.
PP: Oi, but contractors will make lots of money building this one, building that one.
V: But we already have lots of office space still empty in Penang – that EPF, TNB, UMNO all in town, all empty one, why we need so much more?”
PP: ….always got room for more, one…
V: Wah, this fancy twisties towers only for rich people huh?, Where all the cheaper places for poorer people like me – go shopping, buy flat?
PP: That one we move to other places – like Rifle Range where poor people are, more proper, not?
V: Wah, already now so much jam here, jam there, then how? Lagi more jam, Scotland Road, Green Lane, Ayer Itam. And then Rifle Range some more jam, how? – cannot go to school, work, cannot come shopping at Queensbay, Sunshine Farlim and all also?
PP: Ayoh, never mind, you worry too much, we guarantee will solve all Green Lane jam. We tell Government to quickly do that PORR thing, so long talk talk only. We tell Government can build more flyover, then cut more roads into empty fields… Why they need such big field anyway? Then we will build new tunnel, bigger roads all at Batu Gantung, sure no jam one.
V: But ..got so many big, beautiful old trees at Scotland Road and at Green Lane, what will happen huh?
PP: Ayuh. so many times, already told you all, we will not cut any trees. Lagi always ask about trees, trees, trees. Can eat trees huh? Buildings jobs not more important huh? Anyway, already our very famous French one woman architect tell you all, we are going to plant 700,000 trees wah. Like forest you know, so why worry so much for?
V: But how can so many? You count and see, no building, no roads also cannot do. I know already, I go evening walk Gardens and Youth Park, there also not 700,000, how can here?
PP: Ayoh, you ask so many problem questions one. You take brochure, tell you all about it already lah.
And so the battle begins for the hearts and minds of Penangites. The developer has access to media, money, machinery – and a PR firm. Those against the PGCC campaign group have their ideals and convictions – and the cause of holistic development and environmental protection on their side. Who will triumph? Only you can decide – and do something about it.