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.
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