Karpal (2002): Compensate property owners affected by Penang highway noise pollution

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“Those whose property is not acquired but nevertheless are affected by the PORR [Penang Outer Ring Road] project with drop in prices of their property and the consequent noise and pollution which will be a result of the project should also be compensated,” said Karpal Singh in a press statement 16 years ago.

The legendary lawyer and opposition politician no doubt had the residents’ best interests at heart, back then.

This was the Malaysiakini report on 24 May 2002:

PORR: Compensate owners of devalued properties, says Karpal

Yap Mun Ching
24 May 2002, 9:20 am (Updated 29 Jan 2008, 6:21 pm)

The Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) concessionaire should compensate house owners whose property value is affected by the road alignment, said DAP deputy chairperson Karpal Singh today.

“Those whose property is not acquired but nevertheless are affected by the PORR project with drop in prices of their property and the consequent noise and pollution which will be a result of the project should also be compensated,” said the opposition leader in a press statement.

The controversial road project, unveiled last Saturday by the Malaysian Highway Authority, will require the acquisition of private land, temples, holy shrines and graves for its construction.

The 17km long highway will also pass through residential neighbourhoods where property value is expected to drop by 10 to 30 percent because of the air and noise pollution.

Karpal said although the Land Acquisition Act allows for the state to acquire private land for public use, other considerations have to be made in this case because the project concessionaire is a private corporation.

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“Private interests should not be lightly interfered with when it is private corporations for which the state acquires land for a public purpose,” he said.

Healthy environment

Karpal said the concessionaire, Peninsular Metro Works Sdn Bhd, should pay compensation to owners of affected property based on the rulings of the Court of Appeal which said people have the right to live in a reasonably healthy and pollution free environment.

“The concessionaire of PORR should seek legal advice before proceeding with the project in view of what the Court of Appeal has said in relation to the word ‘life’ to include the right to live in a reasonably healthy and pollution-free environment which PORR will certainly fall foul of,” said Karpal who was the member of parliament for Jelutong, Penang, between 1982 and 1999.

The PORR issue has been a hot topic in the northern state in recent months and anxiety has been mounting due to the uncertainty of its alignment and toll charges.

Details of the project announced last week revealed that 76 houses, five shophouses, three temples, five shrines, two horse stables, over 30 squatter houses and more than 50 graves will be affected.

Last Monday, Penang Deputy Chief Minister Hilmi Yahya said that the toll charges for the highway has been fixed at RM1.

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Cygnus Knight
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Look ahead, do not dwell too much on the past.
BBC Hard Talk: Mohamed El-Erian – Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswjfw

Does Mohamed El-Erian see dark days ahead for the US and the world’s economy?

X Man
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X Man

Likely worldwide recession in 2020.
Days of cheap money from low interest rate is over.
Nt everyone can get Samurai Bond.

glissantia
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glissantia

Are you quoting Obama the Obomber?

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Deputy Minister Sim says Umno corrupt Hang Tuah’s image
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nst.com.my/node/430840/amp

Note: YB Sim of BM, not BB.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

This Steven Sim was the protégé of Chong Eng at BM able to relate to the masses, unlike TTSim born with silver spoon background not emphasize with B40 needs of a BB library.

X Man
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X Man

Umno tried to make Bugis warrior modern day malay hero at the expense of Hang Tuah. But history remember him as Kleptocratic Pirate nicknamed MO1. Must include this in new SPM Sejarah syllabus.

Xiang Rong
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Xiang Rong

TV2 repeated (again) Bukit Kepong 2 nights ago glorifying the heroes against Komunis.

Understandably lacking local heroes between 1511 and 1957 as few stood up against the penjajah Eropah. Komunis is an easy bogeyman til now although penyangak like MO1 and 3 Mansors are more despicable.

Zamil
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Zamil

ICERD is the new bogeyman!

Sarkar
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Sarkar

YB Sims pls dont disappoint us. Fulfill your promises. If not we vote you out.

tunglang
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tunglang

YB Sim now tangoing with greedy developers, so the digital library is a forgotten promise.
This fella is thick-skinned to promise without fulfilling @ expense of BB voters. One effective way is to put up a scorn banners @ BB market, Sunshine Square, Giant & intersection in front of PISA. Only then he will sit up & not play-play with BB.

YS Thim
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YS Thim

Sim better respond fast since so many feedback already on this matter. What is so difficult in restoring a simple library so needed by residents. Is he out of touch with the ground issues, or too busy with MADA?

Anyway people has little respect for PKR due to their internal politicking and endless power struggle.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

SIM needs Rafizi’s Invoke survey on the need of BB Library? get real lah

BB Ah Pek
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BB Ah Pek

BB seniors who not computer or smartphone savy thank you all to highlight our needs for a library. Now we approach Gerakan chief Tong Keong if he can help with those banners. Sim next time dont come to BB GE16.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Ah Pek, mobilize your friends to talk to Gerakan Ah Keong to set up one simple reading room no need developers sponsorship becoz Gerakan still got solid fund.

Max Looi
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Max Looi

Gerakan, this is a good opportunity for you to capture the support in BB. Just invest in a small reading room at D’Piazza with newspapers and Gerakan newsletters for free reading. You will geg more votes come GE15.

Shriek
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Shriek

Ask yourself the venue is licensed as what? Kopi tiam? Rozak shop or gilakan branch? Pay so little but no gilakan party activities? Please think.

BB Aunties
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BB Aunties

WE NEED A LIBRARY IN BAYAN BARU

thank you tingling for your voice

tunglang
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tunglang

BB Aunties u lim kopi bo?

Heng GS
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Heng GS

BB Aunties no Starbucks, traditional kopi o kau kau for TTSim to wake up!

tunglang
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tunglang

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Shriek
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Shriek

Digital is all in the internet system access by tablet and smart phone. They are trying to improve internet without walls and bring down the costs. If you kau beh kau if more newspapers are printed? Want more tree felling to convert to newsprint?

Raghita
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Raghita

A bit disrespectful to the late Karpal.
Why not ask his sons instead.

Wei
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Wei

agree..this is totally unnecessary which serve no purpose except to taunt the present DAP government..
the arrogance and confrontational stance of the green ‘hero’ is counter productive to advancing their own agenda while p…. off neutral public…….

tunglang
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tunglang

Says one thing to shiok people, then does a totally different thing after coming into power.
How can we trust a state gomen that mindlessly allowed Bukit Kukus paired road project exempted from EIA & planning permission???

Penang govt: Bukit Kukus Paired Roads project exempted from EIA, planning permission
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/penang-govt-bukit-kukus-paired-114938991.html

Anybody would have suspected this folly exemption leading to possible lax of strict adherence to guidelines & monitoring (not lease the non-inspection of site for possible water channels) as the MAIN caused of the Bukit Kukus tragedy & not to conveniently blame Mother Nature.

NYIAMAK PG CAT Gomen!

shriek
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shriek

Are you planning to join the European market boycott our palm oil? They said the orang orang Utan are made homeless? But you enjoy the highways created by the balak so that you can use your 4wds?

tunglang
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tunglang

These are not highways but one-lane narrow trails (not the 6 lanes tarred madness) in the forest, Dude.
These are not heavy traffic trails, some you hardly see more than 10 vehicles in a day, Dude.
The Polis Field force also used these trails (without the tar) to pursue the communists. Otherwise, when would we achieve Merdeka, Dude?
And these trails will revert back to forest if we don’t use them for 6 – 12 months, Dude.
Have not gone to the rainforest but kau peh kau bo like a dude spinning 3-letter word 4WD!!!

Pls try shrieking nonsense harder, Dude!

Shriek
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Shriek

In jungles, can only find foot path, any road track is considered a highway. Only dude and spinner thinks 4wd can travel anywhere in the jungle. They need someone to open or cut a path. A balak had to open the eay for his lorries.

tunglang
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tunglang

You talk ayam ah? Have you been to 4WD offroad (not tarred road)? If a jungle footpath of 4ft wide, a good 4WD driver can drive thro’ even at 50 degree angle.
You want experience? I can take you there on the way to meet Orang Bunian. Dare or not?

Shriek
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Shriek

You think is peng land 4 ft wide foot path. Jungle is thick with under bush. Tracks because those felling timbers which you condemn for destroying the environment cut a track for you. You must be joking if you cut a 1 feet footway.

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Palm oil and rubber price dropped.
Time to grow other crops like fruits and vegetables, better yield and help consumers.

X Man
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X Man

Theresa Kok under hugh stress, pressured by small time oil palm plantation owners, but strangely they did not realise the corrupted Felda chairman that has failed them focusing on non core operations like property purchase in London and Sarawak.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Chow refused to make Jerejak a UNESCO site to pave way for mixed development on island with theme park there. Wow!

tunglang
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tunglang

This is how CAT-Sin Chow treats Penang heritage value assets while tango with greedy developers is top priority. Deny & proceed pintu belakang is the SOP of this recalcitrant state gomen.

Shriek
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Shriek

No development and how can you live in a condo. Ask yourself?

tunglang
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tunglang

What kind of development are you shrieking about?
Development that kills workers at site that nobody wants to bear responsibility BUT quickly blame the engineers???

Shriek
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Shriek

Even you eat, they kill you. What kind of food? Even driving orso can kill you. In Hong Kong constructing the bridge to china, orso kill workers. In Florida, bridge over road also kill drivers and singland nicholl highway kill Malaysian workers. That is why there are safety board, workers required to attend induction and checking engineers from engineer board. You still think very backwards. Rules have changed and new rules implemented. But advert rules have not been changed. Peng land has been backward and no experience when move forward. Sons of peng land have all moved out because there… Read more »

tunglang
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tunglang

You love killing? What an excuse to change rule with no civilised excuse!

Shriek
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Shriek

You quak like Donald and typical peng land hokkien. Kiasi and kiasu. You mother of all spinner … putting the word into into my mouth. Like you only mother of all talk sitting behind keyboard. Without construction, there will be no 8 wonders of the world. You do not know what is what is behind with regard to safety in best practices construction. No wonder many peng land are leaving as there are world class opportunities outside. Just to remind this dude, without constructing heritage houses, peng land and melaka will not be a UNESCO city as there is no… Read more »

Shriek
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Shriek

What so unique? Just a few bldgs become unesco? China has many bldgs dated to ming dynasty and places with history and yet no UNESCO.

tunglang
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tunglang

That’s China’s problem!

Shriek
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Shriek

You spin to say China’s problem. China has no problem given 1.3 billion. Peng land with 1.3 million in isle kau beh kau bu with problems

tunglang
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tunglang

This is a boring spin to distract from real issues in Penang!
Which Penangites care for China’s problems?

Shriek
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Shriek

Sori to tun lang, it is like Vatican thinking. Peng land is centre of universe and UNESCO.

Shriek
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Shriek

Boring spin and why you read and answer. Retired and your life is even more boring?

Shriek
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Shriek

Real peng land problem ignore or dare not to voice it. Real problem is many peng land kia leave peng land for better opportunities and see the true world and replaced by Viet’s, bangladeshis, Nepalese and Burmese.

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Being pushed to the wall by idiotic and foolhardy individuals, writer Nadeswaran is to break the self-imposed restriction on two contentious topics – race and religion.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/columns/451616

Anil should do likewise?

glissantia
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glissantia

Concern over mere noise and the loss of wealth through lower market price is a NIMBY capitalist focus. Other economic losses include delays (because more roads and cars don’t mean efficiency) and accidents. The impact of the obsession with cars – including ostentation and a sense of superiority – is far worse. I will skip the issues of climate change, manufacture, maintenance and corruption completely. The factors that threaten public health include accidents, immobility (within cars), noise (which affects blood pressure), stress, various gases (from fuel and exhaust), soot, other particulate matter, rubber and asphalt in runoff. Almost all people… Read more »

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Umno Youth demands Waytha’s resignation over 10-year-old video
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/452493

New trend to revisit history as a reminder to people.

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Speaking about compensation, can Malaysia afford government pensions as it becomes an ageing nation?

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1693950/can-malaysia-afford-government-pensions-as-it-becomes-an-ageing-nation

When looking at the 2000-2019 period, the sum of the Malaysian government’s annual retirement charges have grown rapidly from over RM4 billion to around RM26 billion — six times higher in under 20 years.

tunglang
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tunglang

175 containers of undeclared plastic waste found at Penang Port – Zuraida https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/451938 A total of 175 containers at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) were found to be laden with undeclared plastic waste and without any approved permit (AP) from the Housing and Local Government Ministry, hence causing inconveniences to the port authority and the Customs. Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who visited the terminal yesterday, said she was informed that it was almost a ‘normal situation’ at the Penang Port for plastic waste to be brought in before getting prior approval from the ministry. “Even before getting prior approval from… Read more »

Wei
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Wei

alas, can’t pin the blame on DAP state government, must be mighty disappointing for those habitual hater….hehehe

tunglang
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tunglang

Why KneeJerk? Got Komtar Dedak ah? Read & understand & not react like a Jerk!

Shriek
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Shriek

Senior can shoot fast. Dont play play.

tunglang
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tunglang

Don’t talk like Najib! No sympathy for you!

Shriek
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Shriek

I dont need your sympathy as I can see you fervently sympathise with najib.

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

The Inland Revenue Board is on an overdrive, using big data analytics to nab those with wealth that cannot be accounted for.

These would include data from the Road Transport Department, Customs Department, government-linked companies and other agencies, said an IRB spokesman.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/14/the-taxman-cometh-for-defaulters-voluntarily-disclose-your-wealth-honestly-or-face-the-wrath-of-the/#4P2oC3vJkbreOzKK.99

Bismi
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Bismi

Most hawkers under declared their earnings. IRB are monitoring those civil servants driving big cars and go overseas holidays, possibly with ‘side income’ bribe?

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Chendol guy went big with strategic deployment at malls so better don’t under declare.
… Meeting Goreng keeps lower profile but Hasil may start counting number of eggs he cracked daily to tally with his reported number of plates served to arrive at actual daily revenues.

Shriek
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Shriek

If he accidently breaks a tray of eggs, mati oh, hasil thinks he 24 plates of goreng.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Earnings from compensationay subject to taxation, Anil?

Shriek
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Shriek

Easy as ABC. Go to court.. Let’s hear from the boys.

Cygnus Knight
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Cygnus Knight

Go to SPICE Convention Centre, SPICE tomorrow Sat, 17 Sep for #Setia318 Sarapan Event – check up new property offerings and enjoy free meal 11am-5pm.

tunglang
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tunglang

Desperate measures. To hehehe or khan-khau-khau?

Shriek
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Shriek

Senior loves to shoot fast and talk later. Not in the 60s where bicycles in peng land is king of the road. Here we have law and order and justice can obtain from court and not shoot and spin from the mouth.

tunglang
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tunglang

B’cos you are so slow, you shriek instead like a spoilt child!
Pls try harder!

Shriek
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Shriek

So you must forgive a child. But why you always kau beh kau bu? Difficult to forgive you to accept you as child.