This is a statement released by Penang Forum:
Where is the logic when sustainable energy initiatives are rewarded with higher density and non-sustainable developments elsewhere?
It is with incredulity that Penang Forum notes that incentives being offered in the Guidelines for attaining Green Building Index (GBI) certification in Batu Kawan Eco-City include a whopping 20-40 per cent increase in density and plot ratio which can be used by the developer on “projek yang lain dan boleh diguna diseleruhan negeri Pulau Pinang” (any other project throughout the state of Penang)!
Surely any policy-making with any breadth of vision would encompass an overview of the entire State and its direction towards sustainability. These incentives project a vision that is focussed only on a small part of the mainland – a ‘show case’ – while actually encouraging and emboldening the proliferation of massive non-sustainable and non-eco-friendly moves for the rest of the island and mainland.
Full statement on Penang Forum website.