An eye-opener for 200 people at a Penang Forum briefing in Chinese and English at the Teo Chew Association at Chulia Street this afternoon. Almost all of them indicated on the registration forms that they had not been consulted about the project.
Among other things, they were shocked when soil scientist Dr Kam Suan Pheng explained that the PIL highway tunnels will cut through three fault lines in the granite sub-surface. One of the faultlines is near the Kek Lok Si and the Air Itam earth (not concrete) dam. The EIA report recommends more detailed studies on the faultlines, which means those studies haven’t been carried out. What happens if no safer route can be found? See report from yesterday’s forum.
Also 750,000 lorry-loads (assuming five-tonne lorries) of rock debris will have to be carted away some of them through the narrow winding road between the Kek Lok Si and the columbarium. Other access roads will be at Paya Terubong and Relau.
The state government claims it has “engaged” with 17,000 people but yesterday’s Penang Forum presentation in Malay and English reached 19,000 people via Facebook live.
This cartoon gives us some food for thought: