Good to see efforts being made to spruce up Penang.
The ban on free plastic bags is the right way to go.
Swiftlet breeding will soon be banned from the heritage zone. In the interim period, 32 new or unregistered breeders will have to move out by 1 January 2011. The remaining 78, who are registered breeders, will be given three years to relocate. See theSun report here.
Meanwhile, theSun also reports that the state government plans to restructure the Batu Feringghi ‘cowboy town’ zone, where most of the retail outlets and beach operators have been unlicensed for several decades. In the first phase, massage parlours and reflexology operators on the beach will be relocated to gazebos. Enforcement action against quad bike operators and horse-riding on the beach has started. Water sports activities may be relocated to areas within safety buoys.
The night market could be relocated to avoid congestion on the streets, though this could be trickier and will require much thought and planning. A place like Chiang Mai for instance is famous for its night market along the streets.
The state is also waiting for RM7 million from the federal government to upgrade the Batu Ferringhi pedestrian walkway. No point waiting for that money – it will be slow to come, if at all, knowing the BN federal government. Wouldn’t the RM50 million of state funds allocated for the PICC be better spent on improving walkways all across Penang and subsidising affordable housing?
And please don’t forget mainland Penang. What’s left of Pantai Bersih in Buttterworth (after the completion of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road) is in a sorry state, with haphazard construction of outlets and eateries an eye-sore along the beach-front. Some serious planning, reorganising and rezoning is needed here. Pantai Bersih is the last remaining stretch of beach that is accessible to the public after Borr and the North Butterworth Container Terminal cut off access to the Butterworth sea-front. Pity the mainland residents who have nowhere to go for healthy recreation. At least the folks on the Island have the Botanic Garden, the Youth Park and the Esplanade. And then we wonder why the crime rate is rising?
What do you all think of these efforts? What else needs to be done to clean up Penang?