Penang land reclamation: Where is the sand coming from?

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It is not just over 4,000 fishermen in Penang who will be affected by the 4,500 land reclamation project off the southern coast of Penang Island. If the sand to create three artificial islands off the southern coast of Penang Island is mined from the coastal seabed of Perak, over 6,000 more fishermen could be affected.

That makes a total of over 10,000 fishermen.

Are you willing to accept more scarce fish supplies – and hence probably more expensive fish?

Check out these two videos, above and below.

And check out this article on a hike I took part in along the southern coast of Penang and find out the five things we learned.

An online petition against the reclamation has surged past the 30,000 mark, while a rival petition in support of the reclamation and the state government’s “Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP)” is finding it a big struggle to reach even 2,000 signatures.

Tolak tambak!

READ MORE:  #PenangTolakTambak spreads to mainland Penang
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Switch Machine
Switch Machine
3 Jun 2019 3.31pm

doubtful CM Chow has got the 9 lives guts to handle onslaught on artificial islands?????????

Anfield
Anfield
4 Jun 2019 4.38pm

Penang has been listed as one of the best destinations to visit for the ultimate Asia experience by CNN Travel, along with 16 other destinations.

The American broadcaster listed Penang for its “diverse mix of cities, islands and entire countries to consider for adventures”.

Switch Machine
Switch Machine
5 Jun 2019 7.54am
Reply to  Anfield

Note diverse mix of islands of Penang, inclusive the artificial reclaimed ones????

Zendra
Zendra
5 Jun 2019 11.32am
Reply to  Anfield

Appreciate you highlight to good new of Penang.
Too many bad news conveyed by this blog detrimental to Penang tourism.

Wei
Wei
6 Jun 2019 12.28am
Reply to  Zendra

hehe…the sole purpose of this blog is to bash the state government, even if the state government did something right it won’t be highlighted here

Shriek
Shriek
6 Jun 2019 3.24pm
Reply to  Zendra

Tu lang loves to undermIne and talk bad.

kaws
kaws
5 Jun 2019 11.41am
Reply to  Anfield

Diverse mix of natural and artificial islands?

tunglang
tunglang
3 Jun 2019 10.56pm

For those who have no experience of our rainforest, here’s one from our askar-askar.

The moral of the narrated story is: Have respect for Nature & they in the jungle (jin, orang bunian, mukluk halus) who are (thousand of years) before us will respect & even bless you in return.

Haji Bakir
Haji Bakir
4 Jun 2019 3.18pm
Reply to  tunglang

More like P Ramlee’s Laksamana Do Re Mi, he he he entertainment askar

tunglang
tunglang
5 Jun 2019 7.44am
Reply to  Haji Bakir

I expect a person of your ‘status’ to understand more than others about ‘subjek rohani’. Even my worldly Malay friend who has not been to Mecca has more empathy & respect for Nature & its ‘halus’ inhabitants which helped to keep him safe in such places. In my own experiences, Malay & Orang Asli cultures have more empathy & respect for Nature (ciptaan Allah) which explains why they adapt & survive better to natural environment than others.

kaws
kaws
5 Jun 2019 11.45am
Reply to  tunglang

Godzilla is the one that respect the balance of nature. Go watch the movie if you cannot understand.

kaws
kaws
5 Jun 2019 11.44am
Reply to  Haji Bakir

Lots of corruption in the procurement of armoury trucks is mindef best kept secret.

Anne
Anne
6 Jun 2019 7.30pm
Reply to  kaws

Land swap deals should be investigated by Latheefa’s MACC, without fear!

Anfield
Anfield
5 Jun 2019 5.06pm
Reply to  tunglang
glissantia
glissantia
3 Jun 2019 2.08pm

As I mentioned before, even though Australia faces open oceans, Queensland in the North-East is experiencing eroding beaches (threatening Gold Coast) after dredging very far away – at the mouth of its largest river in the South-East. We can expect a major disaster in the Melaka Straits, perhaps with repercussions on the 2 nearest neighbouring countries. Under the previous government, Customs was helpless in controlling the sale of sand to Singapore and India; perhaps this is still going on. In the case of Penang, the “sand” may come from the mighty local highway projects that coincidentally require the most digging… Read more »

tunglang
tunglang
3 Jun 2019 7.54pm
Reply to  glissantia

You are right, the insidious tunnelling into the fragile Penang hills for PIL 1 may well be the 2nd contingency source of sands & rocks should protests halt sand mining along Perak coast.
See how … Pg state gomen is singing … Cleaner, Greener, Safer Penang!

Shriek
6 Jun 2019 10.53am
Reply to  tunglang

Tu lang no kbkb over one road one belt. Tell china to use caravan silk road for trade. Tu lang take lead to retrace the caravan route. It is No need build highway.

Mothra
Mothra
4 Jun 2019 2.18pm
Reply to  tunglang

Where did Forest City get its sand for reclamation???

Shriek
5 Jun 2019 9.19am
Reply to  Mothra

If forest city under confined area an get sand and ngos no kbkb why now they get worried in peng land

Wei
Wei
6 Jun 2019 12.32am
Reply to  Mothra

Anil and NGO fans have no issue with forest city….

Shriek
6 Jun 2019 10.55am
Reply to  Mothra

Tu lang and Ngos too shy to kbkb.

tunglang
tunglang
3 Jun 2019 6.59am

Sand mining, a by-product of Penang reclamation project? https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2019/06/01/sand-mining-a-by-product-of-penang-reclamation-project/ The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project will have serious consequences in both Penang and Perak. Penang and the PSR developers hope to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan through the development of three artificial islands to the south of the island. If the project succeeds, a handful of people will become extremely wealthy but whether it will benefit the ordinary people remains to be seen. While the project will be of value to the emerging middle class and foreigners, the fishermen and those in the low-income bracket will suffer. Read on… Read more »

Wei
Wei
3 Jun 2019 2.53pm
Reply to  tunglang

surely fishermen will suffer….. from too much cash in bank account from handsome compensation….hehe

A KONTAR Yusup MBA (USA), AR, UW-Madison BIG 10

@munisjothee2 The real question? Why in hurry and what is DAP mission to create the Islands? Who are t… https://t.co/2jUYev1ob7

Shriek
5 Jun 2019 9.17am

Where got hurry? Reclamation works take a few years. Then allow the land to consolidate for few years. In all it may take about 10 years equivalent to more than 5 of your MBAs.

Anne
Anne
6 Jun 2019 7.31pm
Reply to  Shriek

Beware of many fake MBAs!

Switch Machine
Switch Machine
5 Jun 2019 7.21pm

Domestic and foreign richie riches moved away from Gurney towards Straits Quay, and they may move to 3 islands that can be deemed more prestigious. Vacant Gurney straits quay can be good bargains for M40 locals seeking home status upgrades.

tunglang
tunglang
5 Jun 2019 5.14pm

Food security (for all) or 3-fantasy islands (for greedy developers + myopic politicians)? We’d better think for longer term survival, prosper & optimal utilisation of natural resources. Food security is important https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2019/06/05/food-security-is-important/ MALAYSIA imported nearly RM20bil in processed food in 2018. That’s a high figure for a country with a population of 32 million. Being heavily dependent on imports to feed our people does not augur well for our food security. Malaysia ranked 40 in the Global Food Security Index in 2018 (bit.ly/malaysia_food). In the event of an emergency, it is our periuk nasi (rice bowl) that will be our… Read more »

glissantia
glissantia
4 Jun 2019 1.48pm

Some good news on using hydrogen as fuel. Let us hope the CIA does not object.
https://cilisos.my/sarawak-just-launched-aseans-first-hydrogen-plant-but-is-it-safe/

Switch Machine
Switch Machine
4 Jun 2019 7.36am

One positive thing about sea sand digging is that many plastic waste can be dug out and save being toxically eaten up by fishes, turtles and dolphins on Selat Melaka.

Fang Yang
Fang Yang
4 Jun 2019 2.26pm
Reply to  Switch Machine

Malaysia imported waste plastics from Bangladesh. Unbelievable but true. Not sure how long this has been going on!

Sharukh K
Sharukh K
5 Jun 2019 9.12am
Reply to  Fang Yang

Import permit for foreign helpers from Bangla inclusive of plastics in agreement? BOLEH?

kaws
kaws
5 Jun 2019 11.42am
Reply to  Sharukh K

Wages cannot go up if you keep import cheap labor.

Shriek
6 Jun 2019 10.49am
Reply to  kaws

Malaysia cannot depend on labour. Need to mechanisation and automation China with million workers use machines. Workers are more technical and skillful

Arjan
Arjan
7 Jun 2019 8.57pm
Reply to  Shriek

Need huawei 5G to improve productivity.

glissantia
glissantia
6 Jun 2019 12.26pm
Reply to  Fang Yang

Hardly surprising. This rubbish is hidden. Compare that to millions of illegals working and walking around. And the imported harmful products incl. food and medicine. Almost every district has voiceless people being poisoned by a nearby factory. This is still Bolehland. Money Controls All, U May Not Oppose, the Ali Baba economy rules, and sins can be neutralised through the right rituals. Mari kita cepat kaya.

Shriek
Shriek
4 Jun 2019 7.52pm
Reply to  Switch Machine

You mean NGOs have the motive to keep the plastic remain as food for the fishes hence no dredging?

Wei
Wei
3 Jun 2019 11.04am

NGOs not very good with numbers, couple of days ago they said more than 5000 fishermen will be affected now they said 4000, and then when they realise the numbers are not bombastic enough they add another 6000 to arrive at 5 figures, don’t be surprise the numbers will keep on rising to include fishermen from terengganu, sabah sarawak, thailand,india……hehe

nkkhoo
nkkhoo
3 Jun 2019 7.12pm

The project not seeking ISO certification, so why need to know the source of the sand for traceability?

tunglang
tunglang
5 Jun 2019 7.47am
Reply to  nkkhoo

It’s plain simple – there’s a heavy price to pay for sand mining affecting the locals at source. No need for an ISO brain to figure that out!

Shriek
Shriek
6 Jun 2019 3.44pm
Reply to  tunglang

Tu Lang you forget pg port has to be dredGED.Now only Sampan use the port. Mokthar supposed to dredge. Sand can use for the reclamation

Shriek
Shriek
7 Jun 2019 1.18pm
Reply to  tunglang

Everything has a price. You still want chip chip? Eat rice rice needs rice field. Where do they come from?

Arjan
Arjan
7 Jun 2019 8.59pm
Reply to  tunglang

Where is your evidence?

Wei
Wei
3 Jun 2019 12.56pm

don’t be surprise that more than half of the 30k signatories are underage kids who do not have the slightest clue of what they are doing now that the NGOs are so expert in mobilizing the kids to do their bidding…hehe