Ever since the fatal landslide and the floods in Penang, I have received or seen photos from about half a dozen concerned Penangites.
For some reason, many of our newspapers and media portals have not shown us most of these scenes in all their ‘glory’. I am posting these photos so we can think about the type of development we want for Penang and the type we don’t want.
Exposed cliff: The sand from the face of this sheer cliff in Tanjung Bungah appears to have been washed off, exposing the rock surface:
Collapsed river bank: The river bank at this housing project below appears to have collapsed. Look how close the house is to the edge of the river. This is one reason why developers shouldn’t build too close to the river banks or encroach into river reserves:
The mainstream media have largely avoided showing the scarring of hill slopes. The following are photos somewhere at the top of the hill.
A naked spot in the distance: The photograph below was taken on 6 November 2017, after the storm had wreaked havoc in Penang.
A close-up of the same photo:
Oh no, what do we have here! A landslide somewhere around the hill top:
What a mess! This eyesore is the area around the ‘paired road’ in Paya Terubong:
What’s going on? More hill cutting, this one also in Paya Terubong, I believe:
The lone tree: This photo was taken on 14 February 2016: A lone tree sits on a slope around the Chee Seng Garden area in Tanjung Bungah:
Said the photographer: “I clearly recall that tree in the centre sitting on a 10-metre high island; everything around it had be levelled down and carted off. Now that I study the details, it looks like the island wall is man-made with cut rocks… The other side of the island drops 10 metres down again. Splendid isolation; very weird.”
Another landslide: This is around the site of the ‘paired road’ in the Tanjung Bungah area – before any construction of the road has begun:
Scary: How precarious is this?
Flashback – A disaster waiting to happen: The area around the quarry site in Penang in November 2016, almost a year before the landslide:
Thanks to those who sent me these photos and to the other photographers who are unknown.
So why haven’t the media shown you most of these images? Is this the kind of development we want for Penang?
(Before BN supporters start pointing fingers at Penang, take a good hard look at the kind of development going on in your own states as well.)