Oh no, major new north-south highway on Penang Island … plus three new artificial islands

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Penangites once came out strongly to get rid of the Penang Outer Ring Road – only to get this now… Porr 2.0?… plus three new artificial islands that could affect the livelihoods of fishing communities in southern Penang Island.

The state government paid RM3m to Halcow for a transport masterplan and then comes up with this – a major new highway that slices the island right smack in the middle? What kind of sustainable transport is this?

.. while the lucky developers of the southern islands must be rubbing their hands with glee. The three islands will cover 930ha, 485ha and 323ha for a total of 1,738ha i.e. 4,295 acres! Incredible. (Not to forget the 760-acre island coming up off Tanjung Tokong, in the North East of Penang Island.)

Welcome to Penang, paradise for developers and playground for the well heeled.

The state government, with the ‘project delivery partner’, SRS Consortium, is holding a briefing on the transport masterplan for NGOs and residents associations on Sunday, 6 December 2015. This is so that they can later say they have held ‘briefings’ and ‘consultations’ with the public to add legitimacy to the project.

I won’t be attending this time.

I was there at one consultation workshop for the Penang transport masterplan that was being formulated where I distinctly heard those present saying they wanted more sustainable transport options instead of more highways. Yet, the transport masterplan resulted in RM17bn out of the RM27bn in total being allocated for more highways.

I was there at the Sri Tanjong Pinang Phase 2 public consultation, where many, including the affected fisher folk, expressed major reservations about the project. Yet, the DOE hastily gave the project the green light without so much as responding to the concerns of civil society.

So pardon me for feeling cynical about these ‘consultations’ – which appear to me to be little more than public relations gimmicks.

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rajraman666

Only a coward try to console himself by approving a new comments whacking me.
rajraman.

benny

Sesi Penerangan Pelaksanaan Pelan Induk Pengangkutan bersama dgn PDP – Part 1
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=tY_7Q0F77do

rajraman666

Are you irritated? Comes on, we need some life in this blog.The owner of this blog approve my question. If you have a problem file a official complain to Anil.

rajraman.Right to anwser but never use my rights to vote you. Welcome to this blog – The really democratically practice blog and moderated fairly.

rajraman666

Some said the road is congested by top gear car but i said a car a basic need for everyone nowdays for pratical life since the Public Transport not there. Nowdays houses is very far even from feeder bus stop.It’s much cheaper to own a car than pay for teksi,walks miles to nearest feeder bus.My own house the feeder bus 6km away.The housing estate thousand of hectare.I dont expect my children or other kids to walk 6 km in the wee hours of the morning just because the Goverment fails to provide Public Transport.They need a car for practical reason.To… Read more »

Reggie Bollie

Do not treat this blog as a game!

rajraman666

Reggie Bollie ,
Since you open your diarrhea mouth, Can you explain which part i play the game so i will be much careful.
rajraman.I know Reggie ‘N’ Bollie but i don’t know who are you. Are you ” Reggie” or “Bollie”?

rajraman666

No problem Anil.Don’t get stress up.Do your mediatation.Relax and i have done that i am cool back.

rajraman.As long you don’t approved comment who whack me i will stick to my words and no game in this subject again.
Deal?

tunglang

Anil, Kit Kat or Kit CAT?

rajraman666

tunglang,
Anil as as sweet as Kit Kat or Kit Cat.
rajraman.As long it’s sound similiar i consider its a chocalate.Love Kit Kat and also Cat but hate the CAT IN THE TOWER.
See you in another chapter.

Gary Kim

The 3 little islands symbolise the turtle eggs, bringing good Feng Shui prosperity to Penang?
http://wofs.com/index.php/miscellaneous-mainmenu-38/102-tortoise-tales

benny

Do not tempt Ismail Sabri with the turtle eggs.

tunglang

Which comes first, chicken or egg?
Without Penangites, there will be no progress by talent, entrepreneurship & collective support.
Merely depending on developers to bring forth the ‘egg’ of progress is short-sighted vision for Penang.
Btw, my next door developer is no longer blaring songs to ‘attract’ walk-in customers to but million ringgit homes.

owc

Amy Grant sings Big Yellow Taxi:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UndCTFc_poQ

tunglang & co can sing about Big Yellow Bus of Penang?

owc

Penangites are nolstagic people and are worried that modern development will erase their cherished heritage.

Please watch this Singapore Ch8 clip on the origin of ‘5 Kaki’ (五脚基 or ‘Goh Kah Kee’ in Hokkien) that is a common feature in old shop houses. And see how some of old houses with 5 Kaki have been commercially transformed to theme hotels (a a means of preserving the heritage):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN2Ec7Z-fPM
This should give us some clues why Singaporeans are buying up hundreds of old shop houses in Penang heritage zone.

Hooray

We cannot deny the fact that Penangites on the island cannot do without their motorcars, just like teenagers cannot do without their smartphones!
The authority be it BN or DAP don’t want to antagonize motor car lovers (they are addicted to caffein of RON95/97) to lose votes hence the superhighway.
Anil if you care to feature latest trend in motorcars, sure you can attract readers from 18-35 age groups, no joke though I kind of feel sorry for that.

rajraman666

Still some people’s care Anil but the Power in wrong hand.

rajraman. Keep the momentum of human rights and never allows any Political Traders to hijack for their benefits we are safe but the voters from both sites are born idiots. They drink the Political Traders saliva and intoxicated.

benny

High car ownership and vehicle density on the road in Penang make the highway necessary?

The better solution is to introduce Electronic Road Pricing to force people to use Rapid Penang so that the new highway will not be needed. This will also reduce carbon emission in line with greener Penang and saving climate change movement. But Penangites will complain whichever the way.

Hooray

True irony most motorists don’t bother, until they are old to witness the sufferings of future generations as nature creates havoc as result of environmental negligence.

tunglang

Ironic behaviour but thick CAT face to pretend ‘it’ still is the ultimate saviour post 308.
Do you know why people love to quote: To skin a cat?

henson

Too many Malaysians are obsessed by “Top Gear” or “Fast & Furious” stuffs; and cars are top priority over home purchases as “gaya mesti ada” to pursue self-ego no wonder Penang road getting congested day by day, agree with me ?

rajraman666

Don’t agree Henson. Not many top gear car in Penang Road or Malaysia. Most of the car cheap car like proton.They need basic car to travel since Deity don’ t provide basic Public Transport.Long term solution Public Transport must be solved but they spend more on new roads to make more $$$. No difference than … @ [email protected] Ah Jib Gor. rajraman.Top gear car used for performance when the road are less traffic.Only mad person or show off person will drive a top perfomance car in traffic congested road for daily used.The Deity is a self proclaim succesful Minister since… Read more »

Hooray

Agree with Henson. One may not have Top Gear cat but cosmetic touch up with big go on exhaust can satisfy the ego. Nevertheless, the Penang girls who are smart now eyeing where you stay and not what you drive. The in-laws may look from that perspective?

Gary Kim

Cars are expensed items that depreciates.
Properties are assets that will appreciate with time.

Most people put their money on the wrong thing, and will have little on retirement.

tunglang

Observation: The Pan Island Link Highway connects the 3 islands (southern Pg) to the north island (Tg Tokong) making it a highly marketable branding proposition for these slippery islands for the rich & famous. And it cuts thro’ the hills via dark cat tunnels so the richies’ fast Porsche can travel super fast north-south of the island.

So, tell us, Niao Kong. What & for whom does this highway serve?
You got the swap money, the developers got their dreams (of selling more super-expensive properties& mini islands) come true.

Ong

macam you cakap ini, Penang itu tak bolehlah membuat apa sahaja perkembangan dan hanyalah boleh mengekalkan keadaan sebelum itu yang keadaan suasana yang tak ada perkembangan bertenaga di semua bidang , orang yang hypocrite macam you ini dan berniat tak baik satu perosak kepada social.

Oo Thiam Peng

I’m sorry to say you’re turning into just another arm-chair critic. Yes the PORR has become the PIL. But it does not cut the island in half. The geographical terrain does that. So say no to PIL next?

You don’t mention the proposed LRT line. But the best LRT, MRT n bus systems is not going to help if ppl won’t leave their cars at home! And tolls don’t work. Yup. Ppl will complain but they will just pay more to drive. Been to KL lately?

Rscrugby

Let me guess. “If you want nature go to Africa”. “Mont Kiara density is higher what?”. Other commenters here saying “if you don’t like it then leave”. Nice.

rajraman666

Who cares what people say Anil. We all the son or daughter of this soil call Malaysia.

rajraman. I just add some smoke where Hooray posted politely but i just translate it blunty.
No even one single soul came to your defence.
Why? This is what the Deity and their followers want. No question ask like UMNO.

tunglang

Anil, what a good + timely reminder for this makluk that behaves no iota of difference from BN yet still champions the CAT for UBAH proponents. What UBAH are you trying to prove from your venerable mentor Niao Kong?
I think we are still in stuck in the same political ARROGANCE of those who once tasted power, influence & of course money. And the same ARROGANCE that easily feels threatened by a 2-cent comment in anilnetto.com.
Time to drink Cap Tabik Kopi-O while listening to Saloma serenading my undying love for all things old world charm Pulo Pinang.

Hooray

What new fresh choices we have in Penang come GE14 that can solve transport problem while sustaining the green landscape? Kindly enlighten me, thks….

Hooray

In time environmental degradation crisis, stay cool and alert with kopi o cap tabik (sailor) truly ori pulo pinang maestro!

Ong

implementlah secepat mungkin, sebagai orang Penang, kita harapkan perkembangan yang lebh pesat dan berpatutan ini, banyak golongan di Penang ini yang hypocrite yang selalu apa saja pun bantah itu bermotif merosakkan perkembangan Penang, jika tak suka tengok Penang lebih baik, tolong tinggalkan Penang sahaja.

tunglang

Makluk macam lu sedap di kategorikan “kurang ajak”.
Berlagak sampai kesemua Pulau Pinang dilantik kau & sekelompok yang hanya pikir kemajuan tanpa had.
Lagipun otak kecik yang bermimpi $$$$ untuk rezeki sendiri tak hirau apa akibat tapi hanya ditahap pintu Tokong di Tingkat 28, Komtar. Begitulah makluk-makluk seperti Tokong-Komtar yang berharapkan disembah hingga langit. Pendapatan opposi hanya di cekek hingga mati.
Baik ingat apanya “kurang ajak”.

Ong

pergilah tinggal dalam hutan jika mimpikan zaman stone age itu sesuai untuk kau, banyak tempat-tempat dinegara ini tak sesuai lagi untuk kau dan golongan yang apa pun bantah yang berfikiran sama.

tunglang

Cakap orang mulut busuk. I dare you challenge in front of me.
Tak me on?

Hooray

Anil,
Its about time to live in mainland minus the concrete highways with motor carbon emissions!
Can always get to island as and when needed, whole you still can engage your readers virtually !

tunglang

So, the reason for the majority of Penangites to vote DAP is to emigrate elsewhere (after the sober fact) for Niao Kong to establish a haven of superhighways, super condos, dark tunnels, Botak Beverley Hills, plastics islands ala Dubai & Cosmopolitan lifestyle of the rich & famous? It’s like inviting an alley CAT to your home so that it will promise to refurbish your home sweet home into something unaffordable to sustain & in the end you having to move out! Worth it or is it foolhardiness? Don’t tell us you have to pretend to upgrade your life when you… Read more »

rajraman666

Yes Hooray, If anyone not happy with the best high performance Chief Minister ever in current history they should move out from Penang Island. Your suggestion fully supported by me. Move on Anil, start a new life , get the peace of life you and tuanglang wanted.Why are you keep criticising the man chosen by the Majority. How can you deny the rights of the majority voted LGE. He is a great man who practically transform Penang without Federal Government support. He raise the fund single handedly to develop Penang and at least give him the due credit. Some people… Read more »

rajraman666

Why are you frustrated Anil? No trams? You must see the bigger picture.Development benefits alot of people.Don’ t be selfish. The 3 new Island will created multiple economics effect for the people.More works is provided and more money for people to spend. Is a small price to pay.This for majorities not for you only or like tuanglang still thinking of bygone era of slowlife.This for new generation. The new generation in Fast lane.Fast cars,Fast life style like Fast food.The Chief Minister of Penang LGE doing a excellent job.He Fast Track all his job. Don’ t sulk Anil then you will… Read more »

tunglang

So, you also drank the intoxicating Sg Pinang Black Tea… ?
So, fast a turncoat! No wonder the fast lane, fast living of Cosmopolitan Penang has gotten your rotten guts to change of heart to smother The Niao Kong in return for much desired ‘likes’ in anilnetto.com.
This is the type of turncoat I will never trust, no matter what the reasoning.
May be a collusion after some dealings…?

rajraman666

I am practical man. When Development benefits more people than minority i will goes accordingly. The fisherman will be compensated and they can use the money to improved their living standard. I am businessman i live in fast lane to make fast bucks. The truth is i have performance car just for release my tension occasionally. The Chief Minister doing me a indirect favor, more development more money people spend and i get a small pie from the spending power. rajraman. Get a life tunglang,come back to reality. If not you will expired. Millions likes not going to bring me… Read more »

rajraman666

i told once, i have a bit more than enough. No one can buy me even the DEITY or JIBBY or any Political Trader. Even before i don’t have much i don’t involve in Politics and $$$. rajraman. The votes i get shows the great DEiTY followers blindly support him. The Deity saliva in their drinks. They drunk with Political Trader manipulation and i am not from Penang. Never seen Penang the last 40 years or so. To polluted and overdevelop. I spend my money in remote Island.Some Countries knows Natural Environment love by everyone and they preserve it and… Read more »

Rscrugby

Anil is not alone. Can’t he disagree without being accused of being payed by UMNO?

I don’t see how this benefits Penangites. The developers definitely benefit. Construction firms benefit. But once it’s done and every square inch of space is turned into more malls and condos, all with the same shops what construction jobs will be left?

rajraman666

Rscrugby,
Thank you for defending Anil. He is clean as far i know.
The 2 votes you get actually from me.
rajraman. Anil your votes or rates can be manipulated. Same email just different IP.

Thank you.

Phua Kai Lit

Reminds me of (half-crazed) Robert Moses of
New York City who paved and paved the city with concrete and motorways.

“Paved paradise, they’ve put up a parking lot” Joni Mitchell

Hooray

The song Big Yellow Taxi by Joni mentioned by Phua could be the background theme mp3 playout as we open to read anilnetto.com?

owc

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
Can sing along with the meaningful lyrics on this Karaoke clip: