While the Bukit Kukus tragedy is still fresh on our minds, plans to build two new hotels on Penang Hill have finally been unveiled.
The first hotel: a five-storey 200-room hotel behind Convalescent Bungalow.
The second hotel: on the slopes of the valley along the ‘coolie’ lines of the hill. See the full report here.
What is the gradient of those slopes? Have they forgotten the recent landslides on Penang Hill?
This is well above the threshold of 250 feet above sea level. And surely this doesn’t qualify as essential public infrastructure either.
Biosphere? What biosphere? Few places will be left untouched in this ‘Greener Penang’.
Penang Hills Watch has fired back an immediate response.
The motto seems to be Build, Baby, Build… Bring on the Crowds.
Never mind the 10,000 persons/day maximum carrying capacity of Penang Hill as laid out in the Penang Hill Local Plan:
Someone messaged me this comment:
What nonsense about building two hotels atop Penang Hill! The funicular and the jeep track couldn’t possibly handle the additional traffic. What about the infrastructure needed for water, power, sewers, housing for unskilled and semi-skilled labor? What about other necessary support for tourists like eateries outside the hotels, convenience stores, gift shops, etc. Do we want the top of Penang Hill to resemble Batu Ferringhi?