The last two postings on the environment appear to have struck a chord among some of you:
Blog reader Adam and the Ants says the problem isn’t confined to Penang:
The whole country for that matter is being raped. Try coming down to Seremban, it’s even worse. Nobody cares.
Orangutan in Perak is concerned about the waste discharge from a coal power plant:
The coal power plant in Manjung, Perak is flushing million of tons of sulphate, nitrate, chlorine oxide residue, and other toxic waste into the sea for the last five yeras. All this waste can have a damaging effect on the sea and the environment…. Tons of sea water is used and sent back polluted. This plant has another 20 to 25 years to go. Think what can further happen to the sea by then.
Over in Pahang, Phua Kai Lit is appalled:
In my hometown of Kuantan, the hill (Bukit Pelindung) near the beautiful Teluk Cempedak beach is being deforested step by step.
Some of the culprits (appear to be) government agencies that build offices and housing for their staff!
Andrew shares with us his experience of the floods in Penang:
I experienced the (floods) on the way back from Chulia Street to Gelugor after supper.
Just like a scene out of “The day after tomorrow”, the roads were filled with angry rushing water. Poor motorcyclists were being splashed full bodiedly by passing cars.
The surprising thing was it took such a short (duration) of heavy downpour to create such a scenario.
From Anson Road, I tried turning right to Macalister Road. No good. After a U-turn back to Dato Kramat Road, the road was only good until Seh Poh Kiao. A right turn into York Road was also a mistake. Took a risk on the road behind the GH which was flooded, but kept praying the car wouldn’t stop. Only after that was it clear, though cars coming down Scotland Road were making U-turns over the pavement dividers since, presumably, the part outside the Penang Sports Club was also flooded.
It’s beginning to look like flooding, like disease, is no longer discriminatory.
T H Sim pins the blame for the degradation on the government for not enforcing environmental regulations on industry:
The pollution of seawater and river in Penang state is the fault of the government departments which did not plan, manage and enforce to the utmost of their abilities from the beginning of the industial era.
In the Juru light industry estate, how many plating plants which operate in small scale have a waste water treatment plant?
No wonder Sg Juru is at the top in South East Asia’s polluted rivers; the recovery work until today has not yet shown any positive sign.
Sg Prai, a decade ago, was the dirtiest river in Malaysia; millions of ringgit had been put in to recover it; till today, when the tide is high, a lot of rubbish still floats in it.
The quality of the river is not yet suitable as a fish habitat…
In the Prai industrial estate, the smell and colour of the water at the stream will show the public how polluted the area is. It’s been a long time; has action been taken?