Nowhere is spared in Penang from the ever-encroaching concrete jungle.
What else do you expect when the draft Penang Island Local Plan has been “missing in action” since 2008 under all sorts of pretexts. This has given developers and politicians a free hand – and in the process created haphazard development.
Now we hear that rustic haven of Balik Pulau, once an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, is succumbing… to a 90-acre “integrated development” project – you know, commercial blocks, bungalows, terrace houses, condos and a couple of low-cost blocks
Apparently, the plans are at the federal level.
First comes the road: A road that few people want.
Many are still in the dark about what is to follow:First a road, now a township…
There is also the question of building on former swampy mangrove land, which could have mud and clay up to 25 metres beneath. You might get that sinking feeling after some time… And look out for the nitrate and ammonium pollution from the nearby fish and shrimp farms.