Himanshu Bhatt has come up with a piece that describes the appalling “upgrading” project (mostly concrete) at the Penang Botanic Garden.
Horror at the Botanic Gardens
SINCE early this year, a scene some may well describe as one of utter horror has greeted Penangites and hundreds of visitors as they approach the island’s beloved Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest colonial-era parks in Southeast Asia. A huge swathe of land in front of the magnificent century-old raintree that looms above the gardens’ famous gates has been turned into a monstrous dusty scab, with two gigantic phallic structures built on it.
Most people have been left aghast and bewildered at what on earth could be going on. It is not just that the structures – which would eventually comprise huge concrete arches and some fountains – are completely out of sync with the lush vistas of the area and the surrounding green hills. The entire RM7 million project by the Tourism Ministry has been rushed into without any consultation with local communities, nature groups and experts, on what the development, officially dubbed an “upgrading”, is all about. Full story in theSun here