Blue skies, sparkling aquablue turquoise waters enticing you to wade in… when was the last time you saw the sea and the skies in Penang looking like this?
This was what Batu Ferringhi was like, just over two weeks into the movement control order, on 4 April:
The birds are chirping, the air is crispier and fresh, and look at the clear haze-free skies in the photo below taken from mainland Penang on 24 April 2020.
The video below shows the state of Sungai Pinang, once filthy but now rapidly healing.
So it is crystal clear that it is irresponsible human activity or ecologically damaging activity which is messing up our tropical paradise.
The key point here is we do NOT have to spend hundreds of millions of ringgit to clean up and beautify our rivers or to rejuvenate our sea or to clear up our skies. Just stop the polluting effluents from flowing in to rivers and seas, stop the unnecessary massive reclamation, stop the ecologically harmful activity. And no need to throw those silly mud balls into the rivers and seas either.
So what are we going to do now when the movement control order is gradually lifted?
Allow the polluting activity and unsustainable development to degrade the rivers, seas and skies all over again?
Or will we want to treasure and protect what we thought we had lost forever?