While most people are in festive mood or caught up with election fever, the draft Penang Island Local Plan is now up for public display and comment. Except most people are unaware of it.
There is even more reclamation in the pipeline in Penang ‘Darul Tambak’ (the land of reclamation) – off Batu Maung and Jelutong.
The draft can be viewed at the Syed Al-Attas Mansion and Makerspace Balik Pulau until 13 December. In the pipeline is even more reclamation and yes, stations for that ill-conceived expensive light rail system.
Meanwhile, most people are unaware that the last day for public comments on the draft George Town special area plan is 28 October.
Are these drafts fully online? Why do people have to pay to get pen drives with soft copies at RM30 and RM150? What happened to all that talk of ‘smart cities’?