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Penang reclamation: No federal decision yet!

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Penang reclamation: No federal decision yet!
Source: EIA report on proposed reclamation in southern Penang Island

What’s going on here. Last night I wrote that I could not understand how Mahathir could go along with the massive reclamation off the southern coast of Penang Island – especially as the reclamation would cover an area larger than Forest City in Johor, which he was dead against.

Well there is hope yet. Today, Khalid Samad announced that the National Physical Planning Council had not yet made any decision; it just gave some advice to the Penang government, including the need for greater consultation with the local community.

Let’s not forget that the plight of the fishermen could be easily used by Umno and Pas and turned into a hot national issue of local communities losing their livelihoods in the name of misguided “development”.

So why did the Penang state government jump the gun by saying that approval has been given? Was it trying to preempt or ‘mould’ the council’s decision and exert pressure?

Anyway, we are grateful to Mahathir, the federal government, the National Physical Planning Council and Khalid Samad for “staying” its decision and asking for more consultation (of the real kind) instead. This news suggests there are deep misgivings or divisions within the cabinet about this unsustainable project.

And well done to all those concerned Penang residents who spoke out against the massive reclamation plan. You do make a difference.

The battle to save the soul of Penang has only just begun.


READ MORE:  Why massive land reclamation in Penang is not a great idea

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Hong Kong program discusses how Singaporeans can easily own personal homes:
https://youtu.be/VPVFX3jyYyk

Hu Chiow Fen
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Hu Chiow Fen

Penang want to be like Johor to have its own laws?

Jordan
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Jordan

The Penang government has been reminded that is comply with the 18 recommendations made by the National Physical Planning Council (MPFN), before the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project can be fully approved.

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said MPFN has yet to give full approval to the project.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/20/penang-govt-reminded-to-comply-with-18-recommendations-before-reclamation-project-fully-approved/#tRoObAejR0TMmW1s.99

Bigjoe
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How can you not know Mahathir opposition to Forest City has nothing to do with environmental impact nor on fisherman?? Is the left now aping Najib in twisting and selective facts and views?? And now pretending Mahathir is staying the project because of the left misgivings? Any staying of project is to minimize political cost, not real concern of the left.

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Dr M: Not just about skyscrapers; blue skies and clean rivers important too https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/20/dr-m-not-just-about-skyscrapers-blue-skies-and-clean-rivers-important-too/ KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia will not be successful as a developed nation, if it did not balance physical development with the preservation of nature and maintaining the existing environment. The Prime Minister said preserving nature and the environment for today’s generation, as well as for future generations, was both a personal and collective responsibility, and that responsibility should be carried out relentlessly, whatever the circumstances. “We have seen the effects of irregular development that only emphasise on the profit factor alone.… Read more »

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Ahead of Earth Day, PM says being developed means being green https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/earth-day-pm-says-being-021702555.html KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Malaysia’s path to developed status requires a sustainable physical plan that puts the environment first over profit, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. The message underlined the Pakatan Harapan’s government push for what it termed as equitable development, with emphasis on green policies in its growth plan. “We have seen the impact of disorganised development and constructions of skyscrapers only for profit,” he said in a speech delivered at the Taman Tugu Earth Day celebration here. My Agreement: “We have seen… Read more »

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tunglang

PM urged to reconsider Penang coastal reclamation project https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/pm-urged-reconsider-penang-coastal-030438182.html KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — The Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) urged the National Physical Planning Committee (MPFN) chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reconsider the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project. In an open letter to the prime minister, MIP president Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar pointed out that at the federal level, the various policy planning documents are initiated by the National Physical Plan (RFN) and then translated to the State Structural Plan (RSN) at state level. However, he complained that RSN IS TIED TO THE WHIMS AND FANCIES… Read more »

Jordan
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Reclaimed land in Johor is made Sultanate land. Likewise the reclaimed islands to be made state land?

Shriek
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How to compare 3 islands off pg Island? We have an island off mainland where ngo want to be like singland. An island off south johor?

anon
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Let’s call for a Penang PTMP Referendum. in the spirit of New Malaysia

Wei
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Wei

guess no legal framework for that..but then NGOs won’t dare to go down that path. the most they can muster is 26k out of total population of 1.7m…

tunglang
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tunglang

Anil, my hunch is this: PTMP will definitely go ahead after some U-turns & maybe some CSR hoo-ha to show it’s still a people caring state gomen so to blare its caring more for traffic jams suffered by Penangites (an excuse for the next 7 yrs?). But it will not address the unaffordable properties to be built on the 3 Super-richie Islands during foreseeable uncertainties of property market. Not the loss of marine life to environment pollution caused by the humongous sea reclamation. Not the cost-to-benefit ratio of PTMP which will more than benefit the project developers many times over.… Read more »

Milk Tea
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Milk Tea

True. They are very good at pretending.

glissantia
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glissantia

The unsold – or sold unoccupied – properties may soon resemble the hot money scam at Batam Island. Climate catastrophe will erase the mad development within a few decades at the most. My concerns are (a) political crooks channelling public money to the project in one guise or another (b) greedy banks endangering the economy by lending to this (yet another) prestige project (c) the coming disasters due to the insane “underground” highway.

Wei
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Wei

strange that Penang forum so quiet on forest city yet all so worked up on the three islands…. hehe

Hu Chiow Fen
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Hu Chiow Fen

Forest City inspired Penang CAT to do likewise for easy money inflow?

Shriek
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Forest easy money into pocket. Pg into pg transport. You sleep ah?

Wei
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Wei

I would say build the 3 island for the rich, let them fund the PTMP since the B40 unwilling to pay for the road yet continue to enjoy the convenience of our roads…anyway the southern coastline is no where near pristine condition, don’t kid yourself and fool other people that this is some nature paradise….just admit that the few places in the island that fishing activities take place are some of the most dirty and full of thrash place in Penang that no brave souls want to go near…

Milk Tea
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Milk Tea

Disgusting mentality, blaming on the B40. The most important thing is to reduce the cost of living, and your government did nothing. They are more interested in selling lands and enriched themselves.

Shriek
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You want to eat kangkong?

mubarakchan
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mubarakchan

Sir, The World’s citizens will flock to a sexy and very modern New George Town side by side with the finest Heritage 19th Century Old George Town. because Penang is the finest holiday and leisure destination in the World if the State Government makes it so. Instead of doing nothing for 30 years. We all do it now. Time is of the essence. Penang becomes the richest State in the Federation with the launch of the Isthmus of Kra Canal within 20 years time. Property values will jump sky high ! Where else but Malaysia ?

Gooner
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Gooner

How many rich are there to buy all these high end houses? Now itself also the existing high end housing in penang nobody is buying

Wei
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Wei

hehe…why you worry for the developer….it is their problem…

mubarakchan
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mubarakchan

I have submitted my New Proposals to http://www.chedet.cc.org as follows :- 1. My Proposals have the same aims and objectives as the Penang State Government. 2. My Proposals are cheaper, faster, practical, environmental and not destructive of the abodes of the Penangites. 4. Scrap the 3 Islands Reclamation. 5. Scrap the Tunnel 6. Scrap the Outer George Town Highway. 7. Close the Bayan Lepas Airport. Turn it into the New George Town the most modern city with border limits up to the North at Sungei Keluang, the foothills to the West, Pulau Jerejak to the East and the whole beach… Read more »

Shriek
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Why worry. Your money? Go and tell RR or Benz don’t build luxury cars?

Milk Tea
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Milk Tea

When I see those Penangites wearing the environment theme shirt, affiliated with the state government. I laughed so hard and could not believe how dumb it was. Sincerely hope BN can win Sandakan after the amazing hat-trick and one day re-capture Penang. PH supporters wants a two-party system in federal but I am curious why they don’t want it in Penang.