It looks as if the Singapore Straits Times has cottoned on to the discontent that is brewing over the RM46bn Penang
transport land reclamation and property development masterplan, which has been described by critics as a ‘property play’. Check out the video above.
Perhaps stung by the dissent over the SRS proposal, the state government is touting its green credentials by saying that Penang is aiming to be the greenest and most liveable city in Asia. To me, this sounds like a bucketful of greenwash. Just look at the elephant in the room – the environmentally damaging RM8bn Pan Island Link, which will connect the massive, mainly high-end, property development off Gurney Drive and Tanjung Tokong with the future massive, mainly high-end, property development on the three artificial islands off the southern coast.
Never mind that, what happened to the Tanjung Bungah Coastal Park that was launched a few years back? Gulp! Are those cough mixture bottles?
If we can’t take care of little things like maintenance and cleanliness, what chance do we have with all those hideous elevated concrete monstrosities, including on sensitive hill slopes and above popular public parks.
Seems to me that the loudest voices in support of these mega projects are those who have a vested, if hidden, interest in this real estate/property play or the construction contracts that go with it. They are the ones who want Penang to be like densely populated Hong Kong.
Why not allow an independent international body of sustainable mobility experts to review the mega RM46bn plan. Is the reluctance due to the fear that this corporate profit-driven plan will be laughed out of town for its sheer all-round unsustainability and backward planning?
Photographs by concerned Penangites