Paving paradise … again

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Today, I was horrified to see an popular park in Penang being ‘upgraded’. This involves knocking down old concrete structures and building an even bigger one, and as if that was not enough, pouring concrete over a large patch of open space (for what, I have no idea).

We are so short of open green spaces, I cannot for the life of me imagine why planners would want to pour concrete on existing spaces.

And with climate change and flash floods more frequent and sea levels rising, the last thing we should be doing is plastering the earth with more concrete.

People should reflect on the lyrics of this song.

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FangCao
FangCao
3 Feb 2022 2.20pm

Have they not learnt thd lesson from the recent flooding?

Concretise surface, no water seepage!

Silverberg
Silverberg
1 Mar 2022 8.29am
Reply to  FangCao

Foon Yew High School in Johor somehow is teaching its students another lesson – that regardless of race, believe money is King to be worshipped, that it is alright to be not dishonest if your ultimate goal is get more money. If you succeed and do not end up in jail, then you are clever, to be lauded and to be emulated if given half the opportunity. On this premise, Najib is the ultimate “hero”, our boss and a great example for kids.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/612444

Ma DaBao
Ma DaBao
12 Mar 2022 2.52pm
Reply to  Silverberg

I wonder if johor Chinese are so desperate for attention thus worshipping bossku in temple and school? But more likely it is the work of MCA to please it’s fugitive boss!

Goon Yew school board is an embarrassment in their effort to acknowledge bossku!

MGR Maran
MGR Maran
3 Feb 2022 11.31pm

Upgraded Penang for March opening is Gurney Walk featuring many eating and drinking holes that could deplete your hard earned savings.

Somehow need to have commercial outlets to draw crowds to sustain the well being of Gurney vicinity?

Silverberg
Silverberg
6 Mar 2022 3.14pm

We must look at current affairs from both sides.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=Pbn6a0AFfnM&feature=youtu.be

The narrative of Western media on Russia-Ukraine is one sided. It never mention about the neo-Nazi regiment of Ukraine that has been harassing Russian descendants in Eastern Ukraine, incurring the wrath of Russia.
https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2022/3/1/who-are-the-azov-regiment

MGR Maran
MGR Maran
5 Feb 2022 7.48am

Mitchell’s inspiration for her song came from a 1969 trip to Hawaii. “I walked over to the [hotel room] balcony and there was the picture-book scenery, palm trees swaying in the breeze and all,” she told New Musical Express. “When I looked down… there below my view was this ugly, concrete car park on the hotel grounds.” This gave her an unforgettable chorus, which has been a nagging reminder to humanity ever since. “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone / They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” She was… Read more »

Silverberg
Silverberg
4 Feb 2022 10.54am

Penang is also a car paradise.

As at June 2021, there were 2,778,681 private vehicles registered in Penang, slightly more than double the state population of 1.3 million. There are at least two vehicles for every one person in the state.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/11/05/more-vehicles-than-penangites-is-an-issue#:~:text=State%20Road%20Transport%20Department%20(JPJ,the%20state%2C%E2%80%9D%20he%20said.

shriek
shriek
6 Feb 2022 5.59pm
Reply to  Silverberg

Central has no comprehensive transport plan. Public Transport just knows how to add buses. What about roads if the buses are stuck in jams? So far how many buses have added and what have they been doing to be covid safe? Rakyat cant trust Central as Public Transport is Federal matter. If roads are jammed, State widen roads. State does not want rakyat to spend $$ on burning petrol and time sitting in cars.

Kumaran
Kumaran
13 Feb 2022 12.16pm
Reply to  Silverberg

Why so many cars? Cannot take public bus? Climate change already with CO2 pollution!

shriek
shriek
14 Feb 2022 7.09pm
Reply to  Kumaran

Ask Central gomen on buses. They control buses.Buses go merry go round and pack like sardine.Main passengers are Seniors like alpha and omega

Silverberg
Silverberg
22 Feb 2022 3.02pm
Reply to  shriek

The federal government has allocated RM150 million over three years to the Johor state government for the implementation of myBAS stage bus services, via the Stage Bus Service Transformation (SBST) programme in an effort to improve the quality of bus services in the state.

https://paultan.org/2022/02/21/govt-allocates-rm150m-for-mybas-stage-bus-introduction-in-johor-19-routes-ev-buses-for-jb/

shriek
shriek
25 Feb 2022 9.55pm
Reply to  Silverberg

provide quailty of buses. still no public transport plan but just pogram.

Silverberg
Silverberg
19 Mar 2022 4.17pm
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MGR Maran
MGR Maran
3 Feb 2022 11.07am

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/joni-mitchell/big-yellow-taxi This song is about taking things for granted and then missing them when they’re gone. In the first verse she uses Waikiki, Hawaii as an example. It used to be paradise but now it’s a fakey tourist destination. When you fly over the islands all of the other islands are nice and green, but when you go over O’ahu you see Waikiki and Honolulu buildings. Most of this song deals with environmental concerns, but in the last verse, the singer’s boyfriend leaves her (her “old man”). This is where we hear the song’s title for the first time, as… Read more »

Silverberg
Silverberg
23 Mar 2022 5.56pm

3 Most Expensive Neighbourhoods in Penang

https://www.tatlerasia.com/homes/property/3-most-expensive-neighbourhoods-in-penang

1. Gurney Drive, George Town
2. Seri Tanjong Pinang, Tanjong Tokong
3. Pulau Tikus

Silverberg
Silverberg
24 Feb 2022 3.30pm

BOMBSHELL SEX, BRIBES & BLACKMAIL – NAJIB’S ONLY WAY OUT NOW IS TO DUPE THE MALAYS INTO MAKING HIM PRIME MINISTER AGAIN – AS STUNNING TESTIMONY FROM LEISSNER EXPOSES THE DIRTY DEALS IN 1MDB DEBACLE – PUTTING BOSSKU’S APPEAL IN JEOPARDY – MALAYSIA IN CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER OF FALLING INTO EVEN GREATER KLEPTOCRACY

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=214684

Silverberg
Silverberg
23 Feb 2022 2.50pm

1MDB scandal in the news again – money used in home purchase for secret love affairs!

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/54887/former-goldman-sachs-leissner-reveals-affair-with-former-astro-ceo

Former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner’s testimony in the 1MDB trial in the United States turned salacious after he revealed having an affair with Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd former CEO Rohana Rozhan and the US$10 million (RM31.1 million) home he gifted her.

Silverberg
Silverberg
22 Feb 2022 3.00pm

Malaysian children should be allowed to choose their religion of choice when they reach the age of voting (18).

Silverberg
Silverberg
24 Feb 2022 9.22am
Reply to  Silverberg

Malaysia’s religious rhetoric still regressive, says academic

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/02/24/malaysias-religious-rhetoric-still-regressive-says-academic/

Most Malaysians were in economic suffering. They should feel a sense of solidarity and push for a more just and better government. If they think along class lines and along the lines of issues rather than racial or religious criteria, then we have a chance of having a better government.

Ma DaBao
Ma DaBao
12 Mar 2022 2.53pm
Reply to  Silverberg

Sometimes one wish to upgrade his … status by switching his religion and be accepted by its brotherhood?

glissantia
glissantia
5 Feb 2022 1.17pm

The budgets they worked so hard to boost must be spent – before some real need later in the year threatens to divert it. Apart from concrete for courts (hard to book) and paths, this may entail (a) exercise equipment, benches and gazebos prominently labelled with a politician’s name (b) exotic (imported) plants and trees (c) solar or other lamps, even if the park is closed after dark (d) fountains. For ongoing “development”, all these should collapse or fail within a few years. The overall idea is to (a) “monetise” (extract profit from the commons (b) put the masses in… Read more »

Silverberg
Silverberg
1 Mar 2022 1.53pm
Reply to  glissantia

Learn from Singapore that has moved from a Garden City to a “City in Nature”:

MGR Maran
MGR Maran
3 Feb 2022 11.43pm

Big Yellow Taxi will take away those politicians; who do not resolve to solve rakyat problems with rising cost of living; in the coming GE15.

Silverberg
Silverberg
3 Feb 2022 2.51pm

Lyrics of ‘Big Yellow Taxi” – version by Counting Crows:

MGR Maran
MGR Maran
3 Feb 2022 11.04am

DAP planners say green spot at Habitat Penang Hill big enough.

Concrete to them is equivalent to progress. Just look at number of condos built with low occupancy catering for foreign buyers.

Aliran can join research with Penang Consumer group to publish latest occupancy rate of condos on island?

shriek
shriek
25 Feb 2022 10.01pm
Reply to  MGR Maran

You mean DAP planners have $$$$ to build condos? It is the businessmen who think is better to build houses and the banks force savers to put $$$ into properties,. Can you ask banks to give higher interest?

Silverberg
Silverberg
10 Mar 2022 12.46pm
Reply to  shriek

A new sea reclamation project off the coast of Muar in Johor, owned by Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, could begin as early as this year.

The size of the venture will be similar to that of the Forest City project in the Johor Straits, which the Johor ruler also has a stake in.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/613803