Widen the scope of penalty for blocking and damaging public spaces

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This is a statement released by Penang Forum:

Penang Forum welcomes and commends the Pakatan Harapan government for passing a bill to significantly raise the fine for firms that damage any street, five-foot ways, verandah or property belonging to local authorities or block pavements.

The minimum fine for taking up pavement without prior permission of the local authority is raised from RM500 to RM50,000. The minimum fine for damaging any street, five-foot way or verandah way belonging to the local authority the minimum fine is raised from RM1,000 to RM100,000.

Unfortunately, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the proposed fines were only applicable to developers and public utility companies. It is unclear why this is the case.

A major problem in many cities, particularly in Penang, is the blocking of five-foot ways by shopkeepers or owners.

One of the major manifestations of good town planning and laws was the requirement to provide covered five-foot ways in front of shophouses. These are covered public spaces that allow the public to walk safely and in comfort while moving around cities doing their daily errands. It is also highly beneficial to shopkeepers as such pedestrian traffic boosts their business.

Regrettably, many of these five-foot ways have been blocked – either temporarily by shopkeepers who display their goods or even cook on these public spaces or permanently by some who construct fences or walls across the five-foot ways. As a result, pedestrians are forced to walk on streets, exposing themselves to danger from vehicular traffic.

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Penang Forum urges the minister to include these new provisions to apply to individuals, shopkeepers or owners who block such five-foot ways. The quantum of penalty could be smaller but it should be of an amount sufficient to deter such offences.

Such laws are highly welcome but ultimately, there must be political and administrative will to enforce them. We urge local authorities to strictly enforce these laws without fear or favour.

Penang Forum steering committee
29 October 2018

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V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Can Penang Forum press for more pedestrian walkways that could not be obstructed by haphazard and illegal vehicle parking? One way is to make the walkway at least 1 foot above ground or install some sort of barrier to prevent vehicle intrusion.

Wah Piow
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Wah Piow

Yes, promote walking as exercise so proper walkways preferably sheltered should be built more.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Free up blocked pathways (Kaki 5) requires strong will. We hope this time Penang Forum can join force with the Cats to make this a reality.
Imagine seeing Khoo Salma and MPPP chief drink kopi o together to accomplish this.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

Khoo Salma going on mainstream TV with her unorthodox approach to demand action by the authority.

https://youtu.be/8ldef0yZYbE

Please advocate unblocked pedestrian walkways as well.

About time Anil to appear on TV, too?

Wei
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Wei

wrong priority, removing stationery objects that disrupt vehicular traffic flow from road should be prioritized…

Wei
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Wei

does the the Penang Forum ‘s demand to fine include cars parked beside the road that take up half the width of the road in housing area all over the country ?

Norman
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Norman

New condominiums likely only one car park lot. But most households have 2-3 cars, thus parking along roadside taking up half the width is now a norm. One way is to install parking meter, and fine those who do not pay?

Shriek
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Shriek

Why pg forum no forum on reducing no of cars. Only forum on reducing low ways??

Nina
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Nina

Cars parked on roadside like cholesterol choking up arteries.

Shriek
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Shriek

Road side hawkers no cholesterol? They sell oily mee, santan rich curry and very sweet drinks. Very good in all ways?

tunglang
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tunglang

Why complain street hawkers when you are soooo addicted to cheap wan tan mee? Or you are just trolling like that hehehe!

Shriek
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Shriek

Just to remind what you say about looking for cheap one ton mee just as one trying to quote what karpal said about compensation.

tunglang
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tunglang

Compensation by profiteering bodies has nothing to do with affordable street food, Dude.
Pls try harder to spin that others would want to believe!

Shriek
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Shriek

Senior like you so naive? Rent, better and hygiene condition and rising cost of living and wages will increase cost. Better profit due to better productivity and lower overhead.

Norman
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Norman

Also ban those restaurants placing tables and chairs on car park space in front of their shops at night.

tunglang
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tunglang

Is New Lane hawker food paradise the exception? If not, many roadside stalls will have to relocate to where?

Shriek
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Shriek

Relocate into heritage buildings. They help peng land and u eat orso help peng lang.

bornrebel
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yes!!!…especially car parks in front of restaurants…they place tables n chairs n block parking lots!!!

tunglang
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tunglang

Go to Transfer Road, wonder why no action against stall owner for occupying roadside with tables + chairs in front of famous Roti Canai stall. The same with Lorong Susu.
Is it the color of skin that spells wonder waiver of law?

Shriek
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Shriek

Wrong timing. You go they put out tables. U left, they remove tables and that is the time officers come. Better for u to buy lottery or 4D

tunglang
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tunglang

So, you work part-time moving tables + chairs of famous Roti Canai stall @ Transfer Road? Komtar Dedak shrinking after Niao Kong left Pg Gomen!

Shriek
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Shriek

Yes, honest job. You want everyone to be like dumno to gorek? As senior shame of yourself. You should encourage peng lang to take this type of job here. Many peng lang are doing this in sing land and western society. Orso you are encouragemore bangladeshis indonesians and burmese guest workers to come to peng land and inflate the population.

Shriek
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Shriek

Easy, how many park lots, pay fees for occupation

Nina
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Nina

Mamak’s al fresco dining – Majlis Bandaraya close one eye, possibly officers are regular customers too.

Heng GS
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Heng GS

.. Nasi Kandar behind BJ Komplex, especially at night, shop front no pedestrian walk, road for moving cars become car park. Why no traffic enforcement? Click to Edit –  … Nasi Kandar behind BJ Komplex, especially at night, shop front no pedestrian walk, road for moving cars become car park.<br /> Why no traffic enforcement?</p> SaveCancelDelete Click to Edit –  <div id="sce-comment246051" class="sce-comment"><p>.. Nasi Kandar behind BJ Komplex, especially at night, shop front no pedestrian walk, road for moving cars become car park.<br /> Why no traffic enforcement?</p> </div><div id="sce-edit-comment246051" class="sce-edit-comment"><div class="sce-edit-button" style="display:none;"><a href="https://anilnetto.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?_wpnonce=da8b3e1008&cid=246051&pid=65444">Click to Edit</a><span class="sce-seperator">&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;</span><span class="sce-timer"></span></div><!– .sce-edit-button –><div class="sce-loading" style="display:… Read more »

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

I must point out Penang Forum is doing the very urgent urge of the general public. In fact, not only the city is facing this problem, almost every housing estates are “infested” with the same problems too !
Some places are even worse, with many abandoned vans or hawker’s trolleys simply “chucked” on the already congested roads !

Shriek
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Shriek

Hawker trolleys parking only just like cars, kapcais. Any plate no then give parking tickets.

tunglang
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tunglang

Lorong Susu roadside stalls taking almost half the road space approved during Gelakan era. What say you, CAT gomen. Pls implement rule of law fairly!

Shriek
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Shriek

Can’t you roar and complain to the mppp directly? . They have channels. Maybe they at parking tickets to the parking lots

tunglang
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tunglang

What maybe??? You just spinning for the wrong day! Not been there, yet have the gall to assume they pay parking just to spin your trolling from left to right!!! Why not hehehe?

Shriek
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Shriek

Then go report to macc for hanky panky as mppp take no action. If you have all the facts roar at mppp and macc. Like old Mao said just a pussy cat. Meow