Look how nature heals when people stay at home!

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Batu Ferringhi at 12.52pm on 30 April 2020 - Photo: Lye Tuck Po

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:

7.50am at Batu Ferringhi, Penang on 4 April 2020 – Photograph: Lye Tuck-Po

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.

View of Gurney Drive and Tanjung Tokong from mainland Penang a few days ago – Photograph: Adik

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?

You decide.

READ MORE:  Penang government should act to embrace Sustainable Development Goals
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Lazlo
Lazlo
11 May 2020 10.11am

The combination of a global pandemic and depressed oil prices could be the opportunity for Malaysia to reinvent and diversify its economy, said experts.
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/05/11/weak-oil-price-amid-covid-19-pandemic-an-invitation-for-malaysia-to-reinven/1864959

Unfortunately reinvention is unlikely since PN cabinet and GLCs are headed by “know-who” political appointees with little “know-how”.

glissantia
glissantia
12 May 2020 6.28pm
Reply to  Lazlo

How much is anyone allowed to reinvent it? There are too many vested interests. Anything that undermines “neo-liberalism” is heresy.

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
13 May 2020 8.26am
Reply to  glissantia

Dominance of patronage DNA of UMNo is evident in leapfrogs of PKR and Bersatu for vested interests not necessarily liberalism or ptofessionalism or ethical reasons.

Lazlo
Lazlo
13 May 2020 12.36pm
Reply to  glissantia

Modern technology causes many disruptions, somehow renewal and clean energies like solar could not disrupt the the reluiiance of fossil fuels because of the stronghold by those influential ones that control the energy grid.

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
11 May 2020 3.44pm

Anilnetto.com lately lacks coverage on street food ever since the disappearance (mco?) of tunglang (could not withstand relentless shrieking pressure?).

Also lacking is usual narrative on political scenario in Bolehland.

May be followings can inspire Anil and readers to share their insightful views?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/malaysia-no-confidence-motion-muhyiddin-mahathir-showdow-12719288

https://www.asiasentinel.com/p/petronas-malaysias-ailing-financial

Lazlo
Lazlo
7 May 2020 5.54pm

Happy Wesak Day to all.

This is the MCO song to Sayonara Corona,
OK Lah!

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
1 May 2020 8.33am

Anil
Many would join Penang Forum bandwagon to sustain blue sky aquablue sea n rivers and smog free environment by limiting motor vehicles and human traffic on island by introducing parallel “lockdown” measures eg carpooling and use RapidPenang more and walk more.
Use less plastic and do no dispose toxic into rivers and sea.
Let the young appreciate the true natural rejuvenation such that we can witness migration of duyong, (pink) dolphins, turtles, chirpy birds from as far as Belum…….

Lazlo
Lazlo
1 May 2020 5.09pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Car pooling is unlikely since petrol price is so low today. Young generation today prefer to drive own car for Bin Chui status.

After MCO, expect more fast and furious action on the road, more CO2 exhaust to pollute the environment once again. Car workshops will discharge used oil to the drain and then to the river and ocean…

shriek
shriek
5 May 2020 9.21pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Car pool? Driver or passenger may be carrying the virus. Milan will make Italy No 1 virus infected country again. French style better. France is going $$ to Parisians to get or repair their bicycles and cycle again

glissantia
glissantia
6 May 2020 12.28pm
Reply to  shriek

Times have changed. Cyclists in Paris used to fight the hostile local gomen. and risk their lives to cycle in dangerous traffic. Similarly, China thought it was “progressing” by abandoning vast numbers of bicycles for private cars. The leaders in using bicycles are Scandinavia and some small US towns. Here, some consider bicycles — even within their locality — too low-class. At best, they use an electric “bicycle”.

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
7 May 2020 2.15pm
Reply to  glissantia

No Caste system on Penang Island.

However, “Class” categories are common on island becoz of bin chui reason.

Ridng a bicycle on road considered low class unless its a stylo mylo foldable type for recreational fun ride eg at Karpal Singh drive.

Driving a BMW can inflate ego never mind the loans belakang kira now that intetest being waived for next 6 months.

shriek
shriek
7 May 2020 9.32pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

still wanting to take public buses? virus lurking around. Any social distance? Any sanitizing the handles by MOH? if not sure we see waves and waves. Never ending story

Lazlo
Lazlo
10 May 2020 8.29am
Reply to  shriek

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2 billion package to put cycling and walking “at the heart of” Britain’s post-coronavirus transportation plan. The idea is to reduce crowding on public transport and gridlock on roads.

But here in Bolehland everyone wants to drive own car, prompted by cheap petrol.

shriek
shriek
11 May 2020 9.58am
Reply to  Lazlo

here what ngos and activists are doing? Greens should have monthly activities and bicycle workshops to get more riders. MPPP can improve the bike lanesGo and urge MOT Dr Wee … for $$ to run the activities to reduce road congestion

Eleven
Eleven
14 May 2020 1.16pm

Najib ‘s stepson Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz was today released from five counts of money-laundering over US$248 million allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB after he agreed to pay several million ringgit to the Malaysian government, a report has said.

So Bossku alias MO1 will likewise settle his case soon by paying himself out of Sungai Buluh Resort?

Eleven
Eleven
20 May 2020 4.40pm
Reply to  Eleven

Anwar on Riza Aziz case: Stole 10 chickens? Just return one and you’ll be fine
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/05/20/anwar-on-riza-aziz-case-stole-10-chickens-just-return-one-and-you039ll-be-fine

He said such a plea deal would send a wrong message when it comes to other corruption cases.

Ravinder Singh
Ravinder Singh
30 Apr 2020 11.03pm

The flawed economics of GROWTH (growing by destroying the environment) that spawned GREED in man turned him into the scourge of Planet Earth. Man is the only mammal that plunders mother nature.

Lazlo
Lazlo
2 May 2020 2.55pm
Reply to  Ravinder Singh

Not sure if our back door Environment Minister would agree with you as far as logging in Kelantan us concerned, given his pedigree.

Eleven
Eleven
14 May 2020 6.50pm

SINGAPORE – The rooftops of a handful of multi-storey carparks in Singapore will be converted for use to farm vegetables and other food crops from the later part of this year.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nine-multi-storey-carpark-rooftops-in-singapore-to-be-converted-to-urban-farms

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/urban-farming-rooftop-hdb-car-park-tender-sfa-12724560

Penang can also follow such practice?

Eleven
Eleven
15 May 2020 9.43am
Reply to  Eleven

Growing vegetables on the roof of HDB building in Singaporea, as reported byby Astro online news in video:

Lazlo
Lazlo
10 May 2020 12.37pm

RIP Little Richard, pioneer of Rock n Roll.
Here’s Tutti Frutti for all :

shriek
shriek
2 May 2020 9.46am

Malaysia hidden IED. Too many black market migrants and now how is Dummo going to ensure successive wave of Corona not coming back again and again. How many lockuo and lock down required?

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
7 May 2020 7.09pm
Reply to  shriek

2.5 million legal migrant workers in Msia – contact tracing possible.
3.5 alleged illegal migrant workers in Msia- time bomb for next wave of covid-19 as they live in close proximity???

shriek
shriek
7 May 2020 9.26pm
Reply to  Bayi Yoda

how many weeks of lockdown required? how the virus fade away? Danger zone to elderly ones. Can say goodbye to tourists. can eat bubur no more nasi goreng

glissantia
glissantia
1 May 2020 1.12pm

In descending order, what should be reduced include (a) smoke — all sorts (b) in water: farm sewage, factory effluents, fertiliser runoff, mud from logging (called hill clearing), leachate from trash, detergents and heavy metals (c) solid industrial and consumer trash. Under the system of mutual back-scratching (called Ali-Baba locally), it is very profitable for offenders to take short-cuts, and for regulators to feign ignorance or bury complaints. Just as in the teetering world of finance, everyone hopes to “kick the can down the road” for someone to solve it later. They just want to go back to “normality”.

glissantia
glissantia
6 May 2020 4.10pm
Reply to  glissantia

The word curfew is taboo. Instead, we have lock-down, MCO, EMCO, CMCO or — the winner from the little red dot — circuit breaker. Despite any “infection” they had, all those foreigner employees were healthy while working under the S’pore sun. Now, they can only donate viruses to one another while trapped inside the dormitories. Of course, S’pore cannot disobey Big Brother.

Lost
Lost
7 Jun 2020 5.57pm

Interstate travel is to be allowed effective June 10. People would be allowed to cross state borders, except those staying in enhanced movement control order localities.
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/07/interstate-travel-ban-to-be-lifted-on-june-10-says-pm-adds-covid-19-in-m039sia-is-contained

Tunglang can now return to Penang island from Belum Forest?

OriMaestro Fan
OriMaestro Fan
29 May 2020 10.40am

GEORGE TOWN: See Kong Ooi, a restaurant which has been serving traditional Hainanese and Hokkien home-cooked dishes for 84 years has closed for good.

A household name here especially among the old-timers, the restaurant has not been able to fend off the effects of the movement control order (MCO) on its business.“

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/05/29/covid-19-claims-84-year-old-restaurant-in-penang

Eleven
Eleven
24 May 2020 11.46am

COVID-19 Relief (Current UK #1 song)

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

https://www.billboard.com/amp/articles/news/9364887/dua-lipa-chris-martin-foo-fighters-times-like-these-covid-19-relief

Eleven
Eleven
23 May 2020 2.03pm

No new posting from Anil in May.
Infrequent posting is a new normal?
Perhaps Anil has lost his motivation since the untimely departure of tunglang?

Bunian Guide of tunglang
Bunian Guide of tunglang
22 May 2020 10.11pm

Taiwan Can Help. Coronavirus Cases: 441 Deaths: 7 Recovered: 408 How close to Red China: 130 km Taiwan has learnt a hard lesson from the 2002-2004 SARs outbreak (in Guangdong, China) which devastated her health and economy. Being well prepared now, she successfully controlled this CCP Virus pandemic (Covid-19) despite facing obstacles from CCP and WHO, which declined Taiwan’s help and genuine sharing of much needed health expertise as the world continues to be infected to almost 5 millions and death reaching over 320,000. Even as a highly recognised role model for the world, Taiwan was rejected by WHA (World… Read more »

glissantia
glissantia
23 May 2020 1.32pm

Your comment concerning Taiwan is OK, but biased by Great Shaitan propaganda. “CCP” virus”? Everyone except Shaitan calls the governing body of China CPC. China kill its own people to kill an enemy? Wow, you have gone beyond the Sun Tzu level. What about Shaitan killing its own people by comandeering medical supplies and outbidding against its own states for such supplies? Please read more on bio-warfare, total war, ID 2020 and plunder of public wealth under “emergency aid” to rescue reckless cronies.

Eleven
Eleven
21 May 2020 11.17am

Many people may have to stay home longer after MCO for extended holiday as record job losses is looming according to the front page headline of The Sun today:
https://www.thesundaily.my/local/record-job-loss-DY2441225

Malaysia is likely to see its unemployment rate hit double digits if the current economic uncertainties persist.

If that happens, it would be a record. Thus far, the highest rate of joblessness the country has ever recorded was 7.4% in 1986.

Data from the Statistics Department shows that the unemployment rate in March was 3.9%. That translates to 610,000 people being out of a job.

glissantia
glissantia
23 May 2020 1.38pm
Reply to  Eleven

Most countries are reporting/projecting single-digit drop in employment, GDP, etc. They even go to one decimal place, to rub in the joke. If you can believe such figures, you can believe anything.

Eleven
Eleven
20 May 2020 12.49pm

If not for ‘Sheraton Move’, Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases could have been halved
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/05/20/kit-siang-if-not-for-sheraton-move-malaysias-covid-19-cases-could-have-been/1867912

Power grab via back door cost our economy dearly.

Eleven
Eleven
19 May 2020 4.25pm

While many are worried about losing their jobs due to economic downturn, some are still hoping for Raya bonus.
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/05/19/business-has-been-bad-pos-malaysia-says-after-outrage-over-crying-rider/

glissantia
glissantia
21 May 2020 2.03pm
Reply to  Eleven

“Special payment” for civil servants and pensioners reported a couple of days ago. This is apart from the Covid/Prihatin thing.

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
19 May 2020 12.59pm

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/05/19/get-ready-for-post-raya-lay-offs-bosses-group-warns/

More healings required when businesses cannot sustain causing massive layoff in tbe pipeline.

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
19 May 2020 8.17am

Ray of hope for covid-19 healing with positive news from Moderna vaccine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/health/coronavirus-vaccine-moderna.html

Wonder the cure is magical fast if it is “manufactured” unnatural pandemic after all ????

Eleven
Eleven
15 May 2020 3.24pm

MCO cannot have 4D.

But parliament got 6D, according to the latest Zunar’s cartoon?
https://aliran.com/thinking-allowed-online/beware-parliament-might-catch-covid-19/

Lazlo
Lazlo
13 May 2020 3.16pm

Please sign and support this petition from Aliran:
Pastikan Parlimen bersidang selama 2 minggu bermula 18 Mei – bukan hanya 1 hari!

https://www.change.org/p/pm-yab-muhyiddin-yassin-pastikan-parlimen-bersidang-selama-2-minggu-bermula-18-mei-bukan-hanya-1-hari?fbclid=IwAR02vh1JOlSJnUfakkln8Xb8Wz1Hos7_ge1oFcAhsuA0_W8Qqs-8Wy439vs

Lazlo
Lazlo
12 May 2020 1.31pm

Two frogs jumped in Ramadan/MCO month and Kedah fell to PN, with possibly a new PAS MB.
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/05/12/perikatan-seizes-kedah-as-two-pkr-reps-defect-pledge-for-muhyiddin/1865370

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
12 May 2020 9.09am

Healing of nature has been disrupted by the rising use of plastic for home delivery meals during MCO.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/05/12/plastic-use-on-the-rise

Pls be considerate to minimise the use of plastic to save the earth.

glissantia
glissantia
11 May 2020 5.36pm

Especially in critical times/matters, communication should be clear (lucid), concise, consistent, complete and (in terms of potential doubts or variations) comprehensive. As we see in the present crisis, it seems that this is too much to ask for. This may arise from decades of declining standards of schooling, or simple arrogance. There is a lot of “shooting from the hip”, or as a local proverb has it, “trying to stretch one’s legs before sitting down”.