Penang-based activist Tan Seng Hai came up with this report:
I took a drive to Teluk Kumbar in the South-East District of Penang Island for seafood the other evening. I was last there about six months ago. What I saw of the scale of development and hill-cutting shocked me.
Highrises on hill-slopes all the way from Batu Maung up to Teluk Kumbar. Green hills being cut everywhere.
A highrise hotel (at least 30 storeys) behind the Good Friend seafood restaurant in Teluk Kumbar. Just metres from the shoreline.
A once peaceful serene town now gone.
I just threw up my hands in awe and hopelessness.
Those who haven’t been there, please take a drive there and see for yourselves. Enjoy the seafood since you are there.
(If you remember, Teluk Kumbar was hit by flash floods “for the first time” on 13 October 2013.)