At Penang Forum 5, the discussion centred not so much on whether Penang was an international liveable city – but rather what constitutes an international liveable city.
Penang may score high in the rankings for a liveable city. But a lot depends on whom you survey.
A rich person’s/expat’s experience of Penang may be different from an ordinary worker’s experience. An expat may have access to the best private hospitals, plush homes, gated communities with sports facilities and private parks, fine dining, and international schools for their children.
In contrast, a factory worker in Bayan Lepas would have an altogether different experience of Penang with his or her income barely enough to make ends meet.
Read MPPP Councillor and Penang Forum rep Lim Mah Hui’s presentation (.pdf format).
And this is Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s vision of such a city.