Now that the PM has urged state governments to consider stopping all hill-slope development projects, how are the state governments in Penang and elsewhere going to respond?
Will the Penang government resort to its usual mantra: that stopping such projects will expose the state to claims of compensation?
Or will it bite the bullet and tell the developers there should be no compromise over public safety.
Must we wait for more – preventable and avoidable – tragedies before we act decisively?
Do we care more about the interests of developers?
Over in London, eco-campaigners are marching to Westminster to demand:
- the scrapping of plans for a third runway at Heathrow,
- no expansion in coal burning for power, and
- massive investment in a renewable energy revolution
Such a focus on green energy could bring in thousands of new green jobs which could come in handy in dealing with the global stag-deflation.
Does Penang have the foresight to venture into solar energy research?