There goes Penang Hill – two new hotels coming up

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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.

Penang Hill Railway train

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?

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tunglang
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Penang Hill Special Area Plan is for essential public infrastructure, & hotels are not qualified in any way or nature of purpose. My suspicion is the Pg state gomen wants to (first) showcase its Greener & Cleaner Penang via the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve recognition for Penang Hill which is apparently acceptable (if it is successful) BUT deviously also wants to (subsequently) super-profit from building hotels side by side with then recognised biosphere by its tourist-volume-projection argument which essentially is to make Penang Hill Corporation richer, richer, richer. How insincere of the Pg state gomen & incompatible of the 2 purposes… Read more »

Shriek
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Shriek

Gasing. Hot air. Facts rather than presuming.

Shriek
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Shriek

Go and lodge with macc if there us any rather than to spin. Talk facts and not with gases. Tunglang = soon khor?

tunglang
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tunglang

A responsible Chief Minister of Penang, after the recent tragedy of Bukit Kukus would have said: “Let’s reconsider this Penang Hill Special Area Plan for 2 new hill hotels in the pipeline. Since I cannot fully guarantee the safety aspect, could not fathom out the scale of possible destruction to the affected forest reserve & its fragile flora + fauna, am much less confident of building anything on slippery steep hill slopes, it is in the best interest of safety & conservation that I put a definite stop to any hill development today until sanity + common sense + safety… Read more »

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Penang Hill will never be left (alone) as it was in the early 50s to 80s – a cool escape from the heat of urban cement, tarred road & carbon monoxide. During Captain Francis Light time, the injured, the mentally stressed, the diseased went to the bungalows (thus the name Convalescent Bungalow came about) convalescing. Now, it looks like itchy paws of Komtar CAT is contemplating doing more harm to Penang Hill than those during the Gelakan era. Looks like Got Money, Can Rape + Destroy! What b….. these entities are constantly coming up with ill-conceived development, so soon after… Read more »

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Hope these mega projects don’t lead to another catastrophe . .Hillslope developments already claimed a lot lives due to overlooked the safety measures and disturbed the mother nature. Often the state governments will find a scapegoat reasons to blame the mother nature “rain”.. When land slides happened during BN era they will laughed at Tun Samy Vellu who was workers minister than and now when they ruling they swipe everything under the carpet. We are not supporting BN government but looks like all of them are the same 2X5 and 5X2. . Furthermore it’s appropriate if they retain the Penang… Read more »

Shriek
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Shriek

Ang mph built pg hill all praises. Local all condemn

tunglang
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tunglang

Why condemned MPH Book store?

Shriek
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Shriek

Who condemn book shop? Is you roaring like cat of the belum

Kee Teh
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That is good, so that we can put a night or two.up.there, what is wrong

penang_hill
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penang_hill

use camping la

Shriek
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Shriek

Build tree top houses. Tunglang knows some architects

tunglang
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tunglang

Now, your ideas spark!
Wonder why MBPP took away those tree top platforms in Youth Park decades ago. Used to be favourites of Scouts & adventurous kids. Also not to miss the spider web netting ropes for climbing too.
Just ask Hang Tuah + Hang Jebah a stone throw away!

Shriek
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Shriek

Then don’t build hotel. If hotels tree top houses

Wei
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Wei

think positive…100 year down the road..these 2 hotels would have be hailed as heritage building…and then the centenarian Anil will frantically demand preservation of it….

tunglang
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tunglang

The next 100 years of flooding increasingly & dangerous?
Of course, you can positively auto hehe all the way while others suffer!

Wei
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Wei

so you want all economic activities halted, no jobs for people, business slow down so you can enjoy your peaceful and relax life?….hehe

Shriek
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Shriek

In Queensland, no building but still flood. Tunglang thinks floods are caused by buildings? How much increased in temperature when you burn oil in your 4wds?

Amalina
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Amalina

Can bring in more tourism dollars, create jobs for B40.

Shriek
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Shriek

Green is more important than b40

Wei
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Wei

the B40 only come into the picture when they need it to bash the government…they prefer trees and monkeys than jobs for you B40

Shriek
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Shriek

People who can afford 4wd thinks of seeing roaring cats of the jungle whereas b40 work long hours and orso had to stand for long hours in the buses caught in the traffic jam. They orso have wait long for the bus

Shriek
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Shriek

What is wrong if it complies with building by laws? Can open toddy shop, night club, massage centre? There are laws to follow.

Wei
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Wei

i must say protesting vehemently against all form of economic activities while demanding minimum wages of RM1800 is rather contradicting..hehe

Wei
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Wei

hehe..tourism is vital for economy but life-threatening to the idealist…now let’s hear the squeal from the Lim gang..

tunglang
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tunglang

Sweeping statement is bad for hehe health!