People’s Agenda: Promote equitable, sustainable development and address the climate crisis

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Is our development – especially all those mega-projects – really sustainable? Are we doing enough to curb climate change?

Today, we look at the second point of the five-point People’s Agenda. Peter Kallang, the chairman and founder of Save Rivers, a Sarawakian organisation that empowers rural communities to protect their land and rivers, explains why we have to promote sustainable development and tackle the climate crisis.

Perkara kedua Agenda Rakyat: Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari sertaa tangani krisis alam sekitar

  • Pastikan pembangunan yang lestari serta menggalakkan keadilan ekonomi
  • Galakkan penggunaan tenaga boleh diperbaharui dan mobiliti lestari, serta lindungi alam sekitar, terutamanya hutan, gunung dan tempat tadahan air
  • Batalkan projek mega yang tidak lestari, hentikan pembangunan tidak mampan, bina kemampuan untuk kebingkasan iklim dalam berdepan banjir, kekurangan air serta peningkatan paras laut

The second item of the People’s Agenda: Promote equitable, sustainable development and address the climate crisis

  • Ensure that development is sustainable and promotes economic justice
  • Promote renewable energy and sustainable mobility, and protect the environment, especially our forests, hills and water catchment areas
  • Cancel unsustainable mega-projects, stop overdevelopment, and build climate resilience against floods, water shortages and rising sea levels

If you have not seen the People’s Agenda, along with the full list of endorsers, check it out here. If you belong to an NGO that would like to endorse the People’s Agenda, get them to fill up the online endorsement form.

AGENDA RAKYAT – Lima perkara utama

  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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Esme

Forest City is not sustainable in Johor?

The ghost town of Forest City – Originally envisioned as an innovative smart city constructed on four artificial islands in Johor, the project appears to be inching along with only a fraction of the occupants initially targeted.

As of 2020, fewer than 500 people lived in Forest City compared to the 700,000 originally targeted.

https://www.malaysianow.com/multimedia/2022/05/16/the-ghost-town-of-forest-city/

A lesson for Penang?

Salim

Mahathir was right about Forest City. Now the developers and local owners (we know who) of the project are deeply desperate to find buyers. China buyers are not coming because of the tightening control on MM2H!

Rilakuma

No Arab folks are interested.

PRC folks are wary of the changing policies of MM2H.

Maybe can open to the rich refugees of Ukraine?

Esme

Lee Kuan Yew Prediction On Malaysia Politics : Malaysia Is Unlikely To Change – Malaysia Is Always A Malay-First Country & The Chinese Will Only Be Remembered In The General Election

https://thecoverage.my/lee-kuan-yew-prediction-on-malaysia-politics-malaysia-is-unlikely-to-change-malaysia-is-always-a-malay-first-country-the-chinese-will-only-be-remembered-in-the-general-election/

Salim

Actually the failure of Sri Lanka despite having rich resources but the success of Singapore post British colonial rule is an eye opener! Sadly Malaysia is walking the path of the former!

Esme

Lim Kit Siang said that he is ready to go to prison if found guilty of improper use of network facilities for his statement warning Malaysia not to become like Sri Lanka.

However, he asked former PM Najib if he was willing to go to jail for his crimes instead of trying to become prime minister again.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/05/22/kit-siang-im-ready-to-go-to-jail-for-warning-malaysia-not-to-become-another-sri-lanka/8156

Brocky

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Therefore, think of peace and blissfulness.

Happy Vesak Day.

Sonic 111

The other flawed strategy is that by building more highways, it just invites more cars onto the roads.
So, the government is indirectly promoting the growth of car ownership and its usage without having any restrictions or consideration for public transport.
Is this the right strategy to promote the usage of public transport or to reduce our high carbon footprint?

Quote from :
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2022/05/25/highways-to-ease-congestion-or-generate-revenue/

So more roads (from PTMP) only encourage more vehicles until one day there is no more island space to accommodate moving or stationary cars. Think about it. Think about the inconvenience created for coming generations.

Sonic 111

Sustainable recyclable energy to bring proteins – one way to ensure sufficient chicken at affordable price is to feed them with insects (eg black soldier fly), which also help to eat away food waste.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/05/24/insect-meal-can-give-chicken-extra-protein-says-trade-group/

Start growing insects.

Esme

Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government encouraged farmers to venture into corn cultivation on a small scale because the current applications for TOL land were mostly for the cultivation of fruits.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/05/24/penang-to-consider-applications-for-corn-cultivation/

Esme

PM Ismail Sabri has called for an end to the use of middlemen in the agriculture sector and food supply chain as part of efforts to control the cost of living due to rising inflation.

He said middlemen exploit the hard work of farmers and fishermen and manipulate market prices.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/05/19/pm-ismail-sabri-wants-middlemen-nixed-from-domestic-agriculture-sector/7564

Rilakuma

PM has no vision. Only advocate statements cannot inspire confidence. The world is watching, worried that any investment here no good as we walk the path of Sri Lanka?

glissantia

People given effective channels to act or report will undermine the authoritarianism (little napoleons), siphoning of public wealth and bribery. Participation for them is limited to “gotong royong”: doing 3D work after the VIP has officiated, had his photo or video taken, and departed.

Esme

YB Sim is promoting cycling in Bayan Baru, Penang. See report and pics here:

https://www.orientaldaily.com.my/news/north/2022/05/15/486512

Mike

Bicycle path from Relau, Sungai Area, Bukit Jambul, Bukit Dumbar to Queensbay coastline must reach Bayan Baru first. Then use Jalan Mahsuri to avoid the big roundabout near Bayan Point.

YB Sim encourages cycling to do grocery at Sunshine Square and Bayan Baru market, then cycle around to dine at cafes around Spice before return home.

Anil will you ride bicycle to minimize carbon footprint?

Mike

So YB Sim if you are re elected to be among the PKR frontliners again, do take note “wayang” promotion is one thing and more importantly the safety of the passengers is of utmost importance.

Brocky

YB SIM tried this stunt for publicity and recency effect knowing he has not done much in Bayan Baru, and a quick way to redeem himself? However the bicycle tracks are not integrated. Impractical for old folks to carry their bikes safely up the overhead bridge. He is out of touch of reality.

Mike

YB Sim more focus on national parliamentary issues and delegates daily Bayan Baru to his state ADUN team.

The state ADUN team must be creative to win the hearts of more sophisticated Bayan Baru residents. Bicycle and pedestrian paths must be safe to attract usage.

Rilakuma

Once we see how Singapore develop cycling tracks linking up its HDB estates, we see Sim’s effort is just a piecemeal effort for short term publicity.

Sonic 111

There must be an integrated plan review all perspectives for cyclists and pedestrians, with safety to ride and walk not being compromised just for the sake of having a project to appeal to the voters.

Mike

Also YB Sim if you read this (surely he won’t miss anilverse to be in touch with real justice issues in Penang) make sure there are proper and safe parking spots for cyclists. We cannot afford to lose our precious bikes like what’s happening to the stolen rental bikes at Spice and Sunshine vicinity.

Rilakuma

YB Sim must be brave to answer any allegations on this blog. Never have we witness any YB putting comments on open blog like anilnetto.com.