Hill-cutting scars Pulau Jerejak



Pulau Jerejak is not spared the ravages of “development” – Photos by Max


An excavator, a dumptruck, two fuel tanks and a stack of waterpipes

Wonder what they are doing here at Pulau Jerejak. Much of the island is supposed to be a state park, which could be a haven for Penangites wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of city-life.

Wouldn’t it have been great to have a relatively untouched natural sanctuary so close to Penang Island?

But the PBA is constructing a 45 million-litre reservoir in Pulau Jerejak for the Bayan Lepas industrial area. Is that the construction work in the picture?

What a pity that we have to cut and chop yet another hill and trample on another green lung, especially in this era of global warming.

Why aren’t we looking into rainwater harvesting?

Please help to support this blog if you can.

Read the commenting guidlelines for this blog.
Notify of

Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
18 May 2009 10.08pm

Water catchment area should be ok. At least Penang dont have to be too over-dependant on Kuala Muda river which is so polluted.

18 May 2009 2.35am

Well SH Tan, rest assured the previous State Assemblyman’s hare-brained vision of a theme park/casino is now dead & buried. Hope Mr. Sim doesn’t try to resurrect it.

In any case, any theme park on Jerejak would end up being a white elephant… like the present resort on it. The current development is for a water catchment area… like what Quah pointed out.

17 May 2009 6.23pm

Yes…all natures park should be preserve as best as possible in this world of modernisation where there are now too many concrete jungles. I used to enjoy the Penang beaches when I was a kid…but not now. I didnt even take my children to the beaches due to the extreme degree of pollution. Our seas and beaches are now so dirty.

SH Tan
SH Tan
17 May 2009 3.28pm

YB Sim is the Adun for this area. Check with him as this falls under his watch. One of his predecessor’s vision was to develop the island into a theme park.

17 May 2009 2.25am

Oh, so that’s what it is! I thought they were building another resort. Well, I don’t know if this is good or bad. As it is, Penangites are getting water from the mainland. Have you seen the river? It runs along palm oil estates. You can imagine the amount of fertilisers and pesticides (which contain heavy metals) that run off into the river every time it rains. Heavy metals are the main cause of autism and learning disabilities in children.

16 May 2009 9.22pm

I remember najib launched ships at the other side of that small island months ago…

16 May 2009 9.02pm

Any contract or contruction in Malaysia, there is money to be made.