The hourglass has been inverted and the fine sand is now rushing out of the narrow tube into the bottom bulb. The bailiff has obtained a Penang High Court order for the residents of Kampong Buah Pala to vacate their premises as a prelude to demolition.
The order is expected to be served on 2 July – and the demolition vehicles could rumble in soon after.
Can the Penang state government assist the villagers? Do they even care?