Penang Tolak Tambak: 133,000 sign petition to save turtles’ nesting zone

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An online petition to save the nesting spots of the Olive Ridley turtles in Penang has astonishingly drawn support from some 133,000 people around the world.

The coastline off southern Penang Island will soon be swamped by the massive 4,500-acre three-island land property development project – at a time when Malaysia is faced with a staggering 50,000 completed but unsold properties and a falling total fertility rate. What kind of hopeless planning is this?

The environmentally damaging reclamation projects in Penang have now come under the glare of the global spotlight.

Another petition opposing the land reclamation itself has received 45,000 signatures while a rival petition in support of the reclamation has fallen into a deep coma, unable to muster even 2,000 signatures.

Check out the video above. It is not only the turtles that will be affected in southern Penang Island. The area is also a major zone for prawn catches. Imagine what will happen to the prices of prawns and other fresh fish, which have already soared, when supplies dwindle even further.

What a shame that the federal and Penang governments are unable to heed the growing concern over the degradation of this priceless coastal fisheries zone. The DoE has shamelessly given the green light for this project – with a host of conditions that few will lose sleep over. Makes you wonder whether DoE stands for Developers over Environment.

Have those backing this project even considered rising sea levels, which some estimate could go up by as high as four metres by the end of this century? Have they considered the erosion of food security for the people of Penang and the loss of livelihoods for several thousand Penang fishermen? And who will pay for coastal repairs and dredging work? Have they even thought of the impact of sand-mining in the coastal waters off Perak on the livelihoods of some 6,000 Perak fishermen?

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In the struggle between profit-driven developers and sustainable coastal fishermen, we can see clearly see who is supporting each side.

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Gabby Benson
Gabby Benson
9 Jul 2019 8.55am

PENANG Fun Run this month to support PTMP wonder if Anil and Forumers to also conduct friendly tolak Tambak fladh mob on same location????

Anfield
Anfield
8 Jul 2019 8.50am

WWF-Malaysia said July 7, 2019 that fish bombings were not only illegal but also posed a great danger to people and would result in the destructions of fish habitats such as coral reefs.

Also must enforce the ban of the destructive trawl nets (pukat tunda) as they are causing massive destruction to the marine eco-system.

Wei
Wei
8 Jul 2019 1.43pm
Reply to  Anfield

fisherman is a menace to the natural environment and planet earth..they cause innumerable destruction to coral reef, pollute the water, indiscriminate fishing create havoc to ecosystem….and yet here tree huggers are worrying about no cheapo prawn…
it is time human should only consume fish from fish farm not fish from open seas…

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
9 Jul 2019 2.09am
Reply to  Wei

Reclaiming lands on the sea is fine but fishing is not fine, are you on drugs? Are you an employee of Ideal property? Which group are you from???

Shriek
9 Jul 2019 8.00pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Not high on drugs but high on caffeine and teh oh. You orso come from which group? Primitive men still go hunting and now hunting for fishes. Go out, pollute the air and warm the earth and can come back with ais kosong? If fish farming, you can select when and what type of fish to be harvest. Primitive men is long way ago.

Wei
Wei
10 Jul 2019 11.53am
Reply to  Milk Tea

and you want more fish to be killed so you can indulge in more super cheapo seafood to satisfy your greedy palate ?

are you on too much bubble milk tea …?

Anfield
Anfield
7 Jul 2019 5.37pm

Yes, must educate people not to consume turtle eggs.

https://says.com/my/news/ismail-sabri-ate-turtle-eggs

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
8 Jul 2019 2.17pm

Faced with disruption of modern developments, the fishermen should be encouraged to become fish farmers. This is a win-win for them and their customers.

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
10 Jul 2019 1.41pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

My friend in aquaculture industry told me modern day fish farming is capital intensive and require 24/7 monitoring.

Our fishermen mostly enjoy ‘flexi’ hours ie. fish one day rest another 2 days. They enjoy diesel subsidy today. So unlikely they are prepared to upgrade themselves to be modern day fish farmers. Chef Wan the Felda icon is right about the attitude of today’s community that prefer easy life and not willing to work hard.

Shriek
10 Jul 2019 3.23pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Same as kampong ayam, telor and most meat as they are infested with steroids. Better go and kbkb at KFC to supply non steriod meat like religiously cleansed meat.
Fish swim in polluted water. Fish rearers will raise warning if water is polluted.

Anfield
Anfield
10 Jul 2019 3.54pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

The Dory fish you eat in restaurants eg. Fish and Chips, are from fish farm in Vietnam. If you want the marine Cod fish, be prepared to pay high price.

Similarly pork from pig farms is cheaper than the wild boar hunted on the jungle.

Wei
Wei
10 Jul 2019 4.09pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

so we need to upgrade our fisherman with bigger ship more potent equipment so they can catch fish faster they can reproduce…?

looks like our marine life need to be sacrificed for some cheapo seafood and cheapo one ton mee prawn…hehe

Param
Param
13 Jul 2019 1.04pm
Reply to  Wei

The fisheries dept must help the fishermen to go further in open sea with bigger fleet.
Look at how the Japanese and PRC Chinese fishing ships!

tunglang
tunglang
10 Jul 2019 9.44pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Fish farming uses fish food pallets made not from natural stuffs but chem-ingredients to cut costs.
My friend who was once a fish farmer in Batu Maung told me he didn’t eat his own farmed fish for known reasons as depicted above.
So, are you prepared to eat farmed fish whose diets are chem-ingredients?

Anfield
Anfield
11 Jul 2019 6.55pm
Reply to  tunglang

Now eating out can also be a risk, with rat droppings and dead lizards as your unintended side dish!

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/11/briyani-restaurant-shuttered-two-weeks-after-rat-dropping-dead-lizard-find/

Shriek
11 Jul 2019 9.31pm
Reply to  tunglang

Tulang if fish can get non natural food, what about ayam and piggies? They have been eating non natural food too. Why no kbkb?

Anfield
Anfield
12 Jul 2019 11.16am
Reply to  tunglang

RT Ametica repirts that Genetic modified Salmon to go on sale in US by end 2019:
https://youtu.be/9OUC7JQ-3XM

glissantia
glissantia
8 Jul 2019 1.22pm

Mining sand in Perak for Penang:

https://www.mariammokhtar.com/the-sand-mining-in-perak-is-a-ticking-time-bomb-here-is-my-piece-that-upset-mb-inc-and-presumably-the-perak-mb/

Some time ago (maybe 2 years), we learnt that a China ship was mining sand off Muar. It became news because the ship capsized. Was anyone in our multiple and overlapping enforcement agencies punished?

glissantia
glissantia
9 Jul 2019 6.27pm
Reply to  glissantia

Indonesia stopped exporting sand to S’pore about 10 years ago. Even Vietnam stopped exporting sand to it in 2017. We exported to them till 2018 Oct. after which PH supposedly stopped all export of sand. The quantity in 2018 – 9 or 10 months – was 59 Mt. or 97% of S’pore imports for 2018. It used the sand to reclaim 2.7 km2 from the sea. What next, topsoil like Ukraine?

Wei
Wei
7 Jul 2019 10.36pm

hehe..i thought the tree hugger said in Malaysiakini only real Penangite should vote, outstation and overseas Penangites’ right to vote should be taken away…now here they boasting about hundred thousands support from overseas and that our government should listen to them….

tunglang
tunglang
7 Jul 2019 6.55pm

George Town Heritage status will be reviewed by UNESCO & the outcome will depend on its fate – the fast dwindling living heritage (which existence is one core requirement by UNESCO) since the uncontrolled gentrification of George Town. PgCAT Gomen should wake up & not fool anyone including UNESCO in its dealing with anything heritage & environment worth preserving for generations to come & not for things that will depreciate or become obsolete like highways & tunnels. As for wealth generations, the people in a right environment are the ones who will generate wealth for the state, not the few… Read more »

Wei
Wei
8 Jul 2019 1.34pm
Reply to  tunglang

you kpkb without end…get your brain center a bit lar…

are the highways built inside heritage zone ?
why not ask your nephew to take up the heritage skill instead of pouring concrete over natural ground ? maybe you yourself take up heritage skill instead of talking chicken shiok sendiri till kingdom come….

Shriek
8 Jul 2019 1.39pm
Reply to  tunglang

Tulang, you born in the heritage area but why you chabot and live condo style? You should be staying in the fort and defend your turf. Stay in Wong fei Hoong shop hose and show your invincible Wong fei Hoong shadow foot kick.

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
8 Jul 2019 2.20pm
Reply to  tunglang

Penangites today no longer live or ply their old trades in the heritage zone. Be realistic cannot expect new generation with modern aspirations to inherit the traditional trade and business when there is little demand for such business other than becoming photography objects if the tourists.

tunglang
tunglang
9 Jul 2019 1.28am
Reply to  Don Anamalai

Don, pls go walk around George Town. You can come across some old trades taken up by younger generations in places outside & inside the heritage zones. One good example is the Kun Kee Penang Coffee Factory in Jalan Cheong Fatt Tse (near Rope Walk). The rest I won’t tell you, it’s for people like you to take some realistic effort to walk, sweat & discover realities in GT. You should be realistic after seeing first hand instead of making misleading assumption which do not reflect any reality in George Town. If you are afraid of the sun like some… Read more »

Anfield
Anfield
9 Jul 2019 3.54pm
Reply to  tunglang

‘Traditional Trades in George Town Discovery Walk’ is held every second Saturday of the month. Organised by George Town World Heritage Inc, the tour begins from 9.30am to 11.30am and priced at RM20 per person.

https://mypenang.gov.my/culture-heritage/my-stories/86/

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
10 Jul 2019 1.42pm
Reply to  Anfield

Thanks for the update. But I still feel that most traditional trades at the heritage zone have vanished with time.

tunglang
tunglang
10 Jul 2019 10.24pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

It’s true that many old trades which relied on reasonably cheap rentals have vanished after the abolition of Rent Control Act which made it too expensive to rent to stay & to do business in George Town (GT). Most of these old traders stayed upstairs with families / extended families while they operated businesses downstairs. Once they left GT, their old trade livelihood also ended as most couldn’t resume their lifestyle & businesses in new locations like flats or houses in suburban areas. But DAPCAT was not doing much for these disappearing old trades since 308 but readily welcomed with… Read more »

Shriek
9 Jul 2019 7.54pm
Reply to  tunglang

Tulang, kopi is kopi. Don’t expect kopi become boh tea. Don’t expect major changes to the trade. Everyone lim kopi and the trade will continue not like some food or desert.

Hoori
Hoori
11 Jul 2019 12.44pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

Driving kills biz at heritage zone.
Why? Because everyone now drives and since no place to park, they avoid shops at heritage zone.
Therefore it is the price of too many cars in Penang!

Shriek
8 Jul 2019 8.08pm
Reply to  tunglang

Generate wealth? How? Build more hotels, factories and expand airport to bring your n tourists. Without development and developer party, how to teach us to generate wealth? Even durians have to clear the land and plant.

tunglang
tunglang
13 Jul 2019 4.11pm

Anil, the above headline should read: Penang Totak Tambak not Penang Total Tambak!
The implications are very destructive in Penang Total Tambak!!!

BTS Mutiara
BTS Mutiara
7 Jul 2019 9.09pm

Penang island landscape is long associated as the figure of a turtle. Developers can claim feng shui good charm of 3 reclaimed islands being the eggs being laid as prosperity sign.

Lillian Too can be paid to be the spilled to spook the superstitious Penangites?

Zhuang Shang
Zhuang Shang
10 Jul 2019 2.54pm
Reply to  BTS Mutiara

The three man made islands are like turtle eggs from artificial isemination by CAT! CM Chow ought to get feng shui advice to check if they could cause afflictions to Penang. Such matter cannot play play one.

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
7 Jul 2019 8.14pm

Lol, 2k signatures…better close shop. Better go and garner signatures rather than shrieking nonsense here.

Wei
Wei
7 Jul 2019 10.42pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

hehe….what are you bubbling about milk tea? are they some kind of talibanana chant ? a dozen signatures and you want to change the world….LOL

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
8 Jul 2019 10.04am
Reply to  Wei

2k signatures….xmaluka… hahahahahahahahaha…we have 20 times more than you without even working for it. Time to scrap the project…Time to give the turtles a chance for survival…bro don’t be so cold blooded…

Wei
Wei
8 Jul 2019 8.00pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

hehe…..dozens of unknown, unverified, unidentified alien signature and you want to boast about it…dont make me gelakan lar…LOL

show up in person and in millions like hongkonger do then you talk lar …can or naught ?

Shriek
8 Jul 2019 8.03pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Don’t be so cold blooded too. Still waiting for you to go to PASs Kelantan. When you migrate there bring your woo kui turtle there too.

Shriek
9 Jul 2019 11.07am
Reply to  Milk Tea

Susu, China and Yankee more than 20 times bigger and stronger. They win. They can do whatever they want?

Anfield
Anfield
10 Jul 2019 10.05am
Reply to  Shriek

Cut out the arguments.
Here are 21 Penang food recommendations:
https://youtu.be/7-tO7GjmqlY
Enjoy! When the stomach is satisfied, the mouth will stop kbkb.

Shriek
10 Jul 2019 5.55pm
Reply to  Anfield

Drink susu the not enough. Tell him to eat one ton mee. Ask him to seek tulang. He is number one and knows all the lobabg. Susu teh better eat more. You can’t get it in PASs Kelantan especially the red meat in the one ton mee.

tunglang
tunglang
9 Jul 2019 8.39am

Anil, it’s time to highlight enforced disappearance in broad daylight in Malaysia as we are in danger of such glaring crimes in Malaysia Baru. Rule of law dragging its feet is as criminal as those protected culprits of enforced disappearance. It’s time to look beyond race & religion to get to the bottom of this.

Missing Pastor Koh: Competence of Harapan gov’t is at stake
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/482970

Anfield
Anfield
10 Jul 2019 11.47am
Reply to  tunglang

The case of Prasana Diksa – who was abducted when she was just 11 months old and whose whereabouts are still unknown – is set to be turned into a feature film.

According to the Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat), the movie – tentatively titled Prasana – is currently in production, and is expected to hit theatres on Mother’s Day next year.

tunglang
tunglang
10 Jul 2019 10.29pm
Reply to  Anfield

A black mark for PM Mahathir’s rule of law (selectively or culturally apologetic).
He should ask himself intrusively why he is a PM again.

glissantia
glissantia
10 Jul 2019 1.36pm
Reply to  tunglang

The Bateq seem to be sudeenly prone to measles, not manganese poisoning. The many Burmese who were found dead a few years ago in Penang may be (allegedly) NFA. Ditto (allegedly) for hundreds of Nepalese, so much so that the Nepal govt. has stopped allowing them to work here. In the unstated caste system, all these are 2nd, 3rd or 4th class humans.

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
10 Jul 2019 1.44pm
Reply to  tunglang

I doubt the PRDM or the Special Branch is willing to risk their reputations by revealing the truth behind the abductions.

tunglang
tunglang
10 Jul 2019 11.39pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

Under the previous regime, ‘they’ thought they could commit such crime with impunity.
Not now under Harapan which stands for rule of law. If only PH stands firm without fear of losing religio-based popularity. PH should treat it as a crime & not to save face for some people in crime.