I took these disturbing photos of the environmental destruction on Bukit Gambir from the Penang Bridge on 17 May 2013 as I approached the island.
The bald spot appears to be at an altitude higher than 250 feet, the threshold above which large-scale property development is prohibited.
Which is the relevant authority responsible for monitoring the hills to prevent this sort of environmental destruction? The Penang State Forestry Department? Shouldn’t these hills, especially the hill-tops, be gazetted permanent forest reserves?
Will we hear from the relevant authorities? Or will they just sit back and pretend the problem doesn’t exist while the culprits go scot free?
A municipal councillor on mainland Penang spoke to me this morning expressing concern about this as well.
The hills of Penang belong to all of us (and future generations as well) and we have a shared responsibility to exercise environmental stewardship over them.