Concerned Penangites hold flash mob against Pan Island Link, massive reclamation

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A group of environmentally conscious people held an impromptu flash mob at busy Jalan Masjid Negeri/Green Lane this afternoon against the state’s massive and environmentally damaging land reclamation plan and ill-conceived highways.

Among them were activists from Penang-based civil society groups, nature-lovers and residents of affected areas. They called for cheaper and greener forms of sustainable mobility, which would be quicker to implement.

We want better public transport, not more highways

The protest was held just outside the office of the Consumers Association of Penang. Many passing motorists honked in support.

Elsewhere, at the Sungai Ara Linear Park this morning, children got down to work to beautify their much-loved community park. Here they are brightening the drab metal covers over a (flood mitigation?) drain.

You can see how the community there takes much pride in their treasured park.

Residents in this area, where the community spirit is so strong, are not impressed, to put it mildly, with the plan to build a six-lane elevated highway that would degrade theirr park. Such an ugly concrete monstrosity would probably require straightening their lovely stream into an eyesore of a canal (large longkang?), not to mention the unsightly pillars holding up the highway.

Stop the Pan Island Link monster and the massive land reclamation!

All photographs by concerned Penangites


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tunglang
tunglang
1 Mar 2019 10.20pm

Love it! Anil, how about organising Ride Rapid Around Penang Island on a Sunday?
Get Rapid Penang to support this show of green-consciousness & CSR on its part.
Invite the shriekers & the he-he-he to come to Pulo Pinang to enjoy what it’s like to ride a bus.
X-perience will make a difference.

Wei
Wei
2 Mar 2019 12.54am
Reply to  tunglang

hehe..only on Sunday? show us that you people ride bus on daily basis lar…what …still enjoying the convenience of our roads and highways in your private cars ar? ?

Black Mage
Black Mage
2 Mar 2019 9.39am
Reply to  Wei
tunglang
tunglang
2 Mar 2019 2.36pm
Reply to  Wei

You can he-he-he while riding Rapid Penang & nobody will call you insane!
Be practical for Rapid Pg as this is their CSR to show support on a Sunday, not everyday free ride round Pg island like what you he-he-he without common sense!
Wanna free rides? Take CT1A & CT1B in Ayer Itam.

Shriek
2 Mar 2019 9.21pm
Reply to  tunglang

Pg gomen gives free ride but tung land and ngos still drive kereta ku

Shriek
2 Mar 2019 8.57am
Reply to  tunglang

Only organise rapid rides on weekends? Why not everyday?

tunglang
tunglang
4 Mar 2019 9.41pm
Reply to  Shriek

I must repeat for the 2 Trolls:
Be practical for Rapid Pg as this is their CSR to show support on a Sunday, not everyday free ride round Pg island like what you he-he-he without common sense!
Wanna free rides? Take CT1A & CT1B in Ayer Itam.

Shriek
6 Mar 2019 10.09am
Reply to  tunglang

You claim wei = shriek which is one troll. I now you said 2 trolls. Greatest gasing spinner.

tunglang
tunglang
8 Mar 2019 9.25pm
Reply to  Shriek

Can’t you count with 2 fingers? BUT these 2 are one & the same masquerading as 2 Trolls. Pls relearn English!!!

Shriek
11 Mar 2019 9.45pm
Reply to  tunglang

Try harder. You have not been able to eating KFC. If your finger licking is not enough use your toes and lick them.

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
1 Mar 2019 11.12pm

Demonstrate at Komtar will be better. No one give an eye, ppl like Shriek can’t be bothered.

Shriek
2 Mar 2019 8.55am
Reply to  Milk Tea

You shout here only n push others to do dirty job for you. Dirty Harry.

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
3 Mar 2019 3.34pm
Reply to  Shriek

Your heart is more dirty, destroying Penang with your actions…

Shriek
4 Mar 2019 10.06am
Reply to  Milk Tea

So singland, Hong land, johor baru are all self destructive with the development? I thought you have gone to kota bharu to live?

Shriek
4 Mar 2019 6.38pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Why still hanging around in peng land, and I thought you migrate to kelantan as you said peng land is destroying. Tung land happy to get a cheaper house a condo build on the developer. Otherwise he had to live in dearer heritage shophouse

Shriek
5 Mar 2019 8.31pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

You are destroying peng land making it like ulu place just like decline of the port of penang? It is Why peng land have an airport when all flat and good land can be used for better purposes. Why not support the airport moving to kedah if they wanted one badly? When think of airport giving rice bowl, tung land, susu and peng land forum keep quiet

Song
Song
3 Mar 2019 4.22pm

Cities around the world are changing to become more “walkable”. As more and more people move to cities, the benefits of encouraging people to walk are clear.

Aside from making the urban environment more pleasant, safer and less polluted, improving a city’s walkability can also ease traffic congestion and improve public health.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/how-to-make-cities-more-walkable-11258064

tunglang
tunglang
4 Mar 2019 9.49pm
Reply to  Song

The benefit of walking besides health is you get to meditate the good things & calm the mind filtering out all shrieking noises & creepy he-he-he!
Walking also cultivate a discipline to plan daily schedules & overcome indiscipline of time management of rush at last minute which can cause one to shriek in madness over delays or lateness to meeting.
Walk more, live longer & sane.

Wei
Wei
6 Mar 2019 9.31am
Reply to  tunglang

definitely, walking is a much better activity than kau beh kao bu day and night spewing out rubbish at every opportunuty….hehe

tunglang
tunglang
7 Mar 2019 7.54am
Reply to  Wei

Nothing constructive to he-he-spin for today? Useless!

Shriek
9 Mar 2019 5.55pm
Reply to  tunglang

Try harder.

Shriek
7 Mar 2019 9.10pm
Reply to  Wei

With tung land kau beh kau bu, reader’s life is orso affected

Shriek
6 Mar 2019 10.10am
Reply to  tunglang

Same with less kau beh kau bu.

Song
Song
2 Mar 2019 5.25pm

George Town in transition: Young people give new meaning to Penang’s heritage district, businesses adapt https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/george-town-penang-unesco-heritage-culture-11290554 Those interviewed by Channel NewsAsia said the hollowing out of George Town’s local population actually happened way before the heritage site listing. One of the major triggers hit in 2000, when the Control of Rent Act was abolished. The city’s rental rates shot up between 50% and 300% overnight, according to a report by the Khazanah Research Institute in 2017. George Town’s inner-city core had 16,116 households prior to the abolishment of rent control. Ten years after that, in 2009, the number plunged to… Read more »

Shriek
3 Mar 2019 6.28am
Reply to  Song

Complain about new building overhangs what about wong fei hoong shop houses are orso overhang? From 16k now is over 2k household. Now wong fei hoong houses are overhang. It is like a ghost town. Why pg forum don’t howl at shop house owners? Are they worse than developers in increasing the rent and selling price? Tung land complains he can’t afford longer.
But tung land spin. Developer help him by building cheaper and better house for him and his wife to stay. Ungrateful and don’t thank them?

Xiang Long
Xiang Long
3 Mar 2019 12.54pm
Reply to  Song

Good report.

Black Mage
Black Mage
2 Mar 2019 1.00pm

Such protests repeated many times but si far no desired results. Should protest on an open-top bus going around the island with loud hailers? Then can get notice even from foreign press.

Shriek
4 Mar 2019 8.20pm
Reply to  Black Mage

You mean we need Yankees, pommies, kiwis or crocodile Dundee’s to help us?

Elvin Ang
Elvin Ang
8 Mar 2019 3.04pm

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is ready and willing to work with the state government to plant 10,000 trees on illegally-cleared land near Bukit Kledang, near Ipoh.

Penang Forum should do likewise at the anorak Hill in the island.

Shriek
9 Mar 2019 5.57pm
Reply to  Elvin Ang

Pg forum only talk and biasing. No doing.

Song
Song
5 Mar 2019 9.23am

Land Grab at Kim Teng Park in JB by PH?

Kim Teng Park is sitting – ideally shaped and sized at 28 acres – has already been turned into a gold mine being adjacent to the terminal of the proposed Johor Baru – Singapore Rapid Transit System. Needless to say, this land has immense commercial potential and value.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/466581

Wei
Wei
2 Mar 2019 1.13am

shouting from the side line is way too easy…don’t have to do a real job ….go on whining for the next 100 years…hehe

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
2 Mar 2019 5.56pm
Reply to  Wei

Proven. Arrogant behaviour from Komtar.

Shriek
4 Mar 2019 6.58pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

You think peng land is just for greens? Others orso want to have better jobs, transport and reduce green house emissions. Many are forced to go to kl or Sing land to cari makan.

Shriek
4 Mar 2019 8.22pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Sure he is not from UNCLE from komtar? How you know or as usual, you spin around like what you did in the past.

Wei
Wei
2 Mar 2019 12.59am

hehe…if these bunch of selfish people do not want a road near “their” park .they should refrain from travelling in road near other park, other residential area too…

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
2 Mar 2019 4.34pm
Reply to  Wei

Can’t believe there are still people in Penang who support more development. We need improvements of the existing ones, not additional buildings or roads. I would not tell people I come from Penang, the place do not have the old-town feel anymore, more like “condos-heaven” , they are simply build beside markets, beside shop lots, in between of landed residential area. Ugly and un-eco friendly…

Shriek
3 Mar 2019 6.19am
Reply to  Milk Tea

No old town feeling because your buddy tung land go and buy condo and stay there. Why tung land and you go and howl at owners for raising high rent or selling high? Are they worse than developers? You shop house owners can raise rent and selling price but developers can’t.
Tung land really ungrateful. Developers build cheap and better house for you as you said you can’t afford to live in wong hei hoong shophouse.

tunglang
tunglang
4 Mar 2019 9.50pm
Reply to  Shriek

You are spinning like an idiot!

Shriek
6 Mar 2019 6.14pm
Reply to  tunglang

You are the worst idiot. You personally claim you can’t afford to live in heritage area as they are very expensive. So you buy from the developer as they sell affordable and comfortable. So arent you a idiot to keep blaming the developer and development? Without them you will be living and blocking the five foot way in heritage area. What an idiot!!

Shriek
8 Mar 2019 10.15am
Reply to  tunglang

You are really uncouth. I never debased you and it is a fact which you clearly said you can’t afford to live in the heritage zone as it is very expensive. Living in condos built by developers are cheaper. Yet if you call me an idiot and yet allowed by anil then you are a …

Shriek
9 Mar 2019 6.00pm
Reply to  tunglang

Anil very bias. Can allow tung land to insult me with such uncouth word. I written twice but anil never to put up my defence.

Shriek
3 Mar 2019 2.40pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

U think improvement very chip? Try to upgrade your computer or your? If you have a house or shop, you want digging to be carried out in front of your house or shop? No sense. We have been complaining about roads been surfaced and next week digging and laying utilities.
No sense how much existing infra can be upgraded?
No sense new roads have to serve new areas. You want 3 gens to stay under same roof?

Song
Song
5 Mar 2019 5.14pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Rooftop car-park greens on the menu, as Singapore innovates to grow agri-tech sector
https://www.malaymail.com/news/eat-drink/2019/03/05/rooftop-car-park-greens-on-the-menu-as-singapore-innovates-to-grow-agri-tec/1729071

Can grow vegetables in concrete jungle.

Shriek
6 Mar 2019 10.19am
Reply to  Song

Pg forum should talk about this and have people sign up this. But more sustainable to Singland if they have solar panels and rain harvesting to reduce consumption from johor. So far pg forum talk far beyond peng land lang can do. Solar panels and rain harvest is more practical discussions and action

Shriek
8 Mar 2019 8.05pm
Reply to  Song

Install solar panels on roof is better than roof growing. Singland no sense. Roof farming result in heavy weight on roof and way down to fdn. So no sustainability as solar panels which is light weight, less structural cost, produce energy and reduce power generation and can harvest rainwater and reduce demand from johor dams.