The public forum on land reclamation at the Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (Recsam) in Gelugor, Penang this afternoon drew a crowd of more than 200 concerned fishermen, activists and Penang residents.
The audience learned several new things today.
Penang Forum’s Evelyn Teh revealed that the Department of the Environment approved the environmental impact assessment for the 4,500-acre southern reclamation project in Penang Island at lightning speed.
Even the comic superhero The Flash would be impressed. The DoE’s performance was even faster than the speed at which it approved phase two of the Seri Tanjung Pinang project – the 891-acre land reclamation in Tanjung Tokong in northeast Penang Island – in 2014: that approval took less than a month after the feedback period closed.
This time, for the three-island project in southern Penang Island, the DoE received the environmental impact assessment on Friday, 21 June 2019, said Evelyn. Just four days later, on Tuesday, 25 June, approval was granted with 72 conditions ie within a couple of working days. That was just 13 days from the 12 June deadline for submissions of public comments. (The EIA had previously been rejected by the DoE on 2 August 2018.)
How the DoE managed to study all the public objections in a matter of days I haven’t the foggiest idea. Many in the audience either gasped or shook their heads at the DoE’s super-efficiency in approving the 4,500-acre reclamation at warp speed. Full article on Aliran website