Video of Bahamas airport flooding last week

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In case you missed it, this was the footage of the swirling flood waters at the Bahamas International Airport at Freeport unleashed by Hurricane Dorian, which flooded much of the island. The runway was said to have been submerged by about five feet of water.

It was a wet and powerful hurricane moving slowly across the region with wind speeds of up to 220 miles per hour – typical of extreme weather events during this era of climate change.

I am putting up this video because here in Penang, we hardly factor in climate change and rising sea levels in our development planning – and if we do, it seems to be mostly lip service. Nor do we think about rising sea levels and how it will affect our coastal areas.

Instead, we continue to build more highways that will unleash more more greenhouse gas emissions and aggravate climate change. We continue to reclaim more and more land, even though the total fertility rate of 1.4 children per woman for Penang in 2017 is now well below the population replacement rate of 2.1 children.

Meanwhile, our local fishermen found this rare loggerhead turtle about 500 metres from Pulau Kendi off the southwestern coast of Penang Island.

This is a sign that we have so much to protect in the reclamation zone in south Penang Island – not just fisheries but also green turtles, the endangered olive ridley turtles and now the rare loggerhead turtles.

Unfortunately those pushing for massive reclamation are unable to fathom all this as they are blinded by big ringgit signs and a misguided notion of what constitutes real development.

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The Penang state government has said it is only willing to discuss the reclamation with those directly affected ie the fishermen – and not NGOs (though then opposition politicians didn’t mind consulting Penang-based NGO activists about Penang issues ahead of the 2008 general election).

More importantly, I am curious to know how the state government leaders are going to consult the turtles and other marine life that are going to be directly hit by this project.

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Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
13 Sep 2019 11.44am

People of Malaysia are now more worried about the Indon haze from annual slash & burn rituals in Borneo and Sumatra.

Get ready your N95.

People in KL and Kelang are praying for rain. Flooding is not their immediate concern!

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
13 Sep 2019 12.02pm

Anil

Any news about the possible change in the pension scheme for (bloated) civil servants? Too much financial burden for government? Already PSM is making some noise.

Why not use EPF scheme for all civil servants, scrap pension. Better for civil service to be like private sector.

tunglang
tunglang
13 Sep 2019 10.32pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

MadHatter political strategy of feeding a bloated civil service since the 90s in return for a guaranteed vote bank of majority Malays is now boomerang back with palm pains at him as returned PM. That strategy sold when Malaysia was still an Asian Tiger. Another Karma effect on him now is the race & religion ace card which he used to justify his Malay Dilemma ‘insomnia’. But his remedy did not work as predictable as any antibiotic from his myriad of socio-political-economic prescriptions of a dictatorial doctor. More Karma effects to follow which will act in a window of opportunity… Read more »

True Malaysian
True Malaysian
15 Sep 2019 3.25pm
Reply to  tunglang

Mahathir will again u-turn on any reform for pension scheme for civil servants when under pressure from Cuepecs and the malays.

Anfield
Anfield
13 Sep 2019 4.00pm

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 13 — Penang’s two local councils will be increasing the assessment rates on all properties within the state in 2020.

State local government, housing development and town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the hike was due to higher spending costs.

glissantia
glissantia
13 Sep 2019 12.29pm

These types of people threaten humanity and the planet:
– the greedy.
– the insane, e.g. thinking that their beliefs magically exempt them from climate cataclysm.
– the robotic, trusting the wisdom and intentions of leaders.