This photo was sent to me a couple of days ago showing the outline of the massive land reclamation taking shape off Gurney Drive (131 acres) and in the distance, the first phase (253 acres) of a 760-acre artificial island off Tanjung Tokong.
The 131-acre strip along Gurney Drive will accommodate a 50-acre ‘Wellness City’ property development project (a joint venture between Ewein and tunnel developer Zenith), the 60-acre Gurney Wharf project and an ill-conceived eight-lane highway covering 18 acres (this at a time when more progressive cities around the world are trying to reduce the cars in their cities to curb emissions and hence, global warming).
Obviously, the planners and developers believe Penang will be immune to rising sea levels due to climate change or their land reclamation will be high enough to keep those rising waters at bay. (You can listen to an Australian podcast raising this issue with a Penang state executive committee member here.)
As the face of much-loved Gurney Drive changes before our eyes, a 1970s video (below) has gone viral on Facebook and Whatsapp, capturing a sense of a simpler, more carefree and unpretentious lifestyle that is going to be lost.