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
Esme
17 May 2022 5.44pm

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
Salim
19 May 2022 12.12pm
Reply to  Esme

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
Rilakuma
21 May 2022 7.14pm
Reply to  Salim

No Arab folks are interested.

PRC folks are wary of the changing policies of MM2H.

Maybe can open to the rich refugees of Ukraine?

Din
Din
25 May 2022 10.38am
Reply to  Rilakuma

As Ringgit is Free falling, soon Forest City will be deemed affordable by foreign buyers?

Brocky
Brocky
30 May 2022 6.44pm
Reply to  Esme

No one home at Forest City – a ghost town in the making?

Sonic 111
Sonic 111
31 May 2022 9.03pm
Reply to  Brocky

No worry Johor will drive federal to support State initiatives to entice more rich foreigners to occupy the unoccupied units since the locals most of us cannot afford such forested lifestyles.

Tom Jerry
Tom Jerry
2 Jun 2022 12.12pm
Reply to  Sonic 111

Can be repositioned as a retirement village for ageing Singapore population?

Esme
Esme
16 May 2022 2.34pm

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
Salim
19 May 2022 12.13pm
Reply to  Esme

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
Esme
22 May 2022 1.52pm
Reply to  Salim

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

Sonic 111
Sonic 111
25 May 2022 10.20am

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.

Brocky
Brocky
15 May 2022 12.43pm

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

Happy Vesak Day.

PCH
PCH
26 May 2022 12.07pm

Not easy to sustain personal wealth growth in times like these when cost of living is high with many temptations to drain savings.

https://worldofbuzz.com/287411-malaysians-have-been-declared-bankrupt-as-of-march-2022-most-are-young-working-adults/

290k Malaysians declared bankrupt.

Another social problem.

M Ferhad
M Ferhad
27 May 2022 3.25pm
Reply to  PCH

Temptations to spend even at home all because of convenience of Shopee and Lazada- end up meeting wants but not real needs!

Do not embrace expensive hobby like premium coffee culture and unhealthy bubble tea. Learn to appreciate simple 3-in-1 coffees instead.

Sonic 111
Sonic 111
24 May 2022 10.40am

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
Esme
24 May 2022 9.53pm
Reply to  Sonic 111

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/

M Ferhad
M Ferhad
27 May 2022 3.27pm
Reply to  Esme

CM Chow too ambitious- should take small steps smaller scale first by encouraging households to plant own vegetables or fruits. Also tell people not to waste food and eat in moderation from health and budget point of view.

Esme
Esme
27 May 2022 7.07pm
Reply to  Esme

An environmental group has condemned plans to cultivate corn in the Kuala Langat South Forest Reserve to increase the supply of chicken feed, amid the rising prices of imported grain.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/622659

How about raising kampung chicken in the wild in the forest? Let the chicken do the foraging in the forest for food?

Esme
Esme
19 May 2022 8.20am

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
Rilakuma
21 May 2022 7.04pm
Reply to  Esme

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?

Tom Jerry
Tom Jerry
25 May 2022 10.29am
Reply to  Rilakuma

We used to have a Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. No thanks to Mahathir for changing the university to Universiti Putra Malaysia. Instead of having good research for agriculture and food production, it is now producing truck loads of PhDs jobless graduates which are of no use to the country!

The liberation of AP to import more food will only ease the import market temporarily.

Ultimately, the Govt will need to ramp up agrobusiness investment/funding urgently and increases food production.

glissantia
glissantia
13 May 2022 1.34pm

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
Esme
15 May 2022 2.48pm
Reply to  glissantia

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
Mike
16 May 2022 5.20pm
Reply to  Esme

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
Mike
17 May 2022 12.28am
Reply to  Anil Netto

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
Brocky
17 May 2022 11.54am
Reply to  Mike

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
Mike
20 May 2022 11.41am
Reply to  Brocky

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
Rilakuma
21 May 2022 7.13pm
Reply to  Brocky

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
Sonic 111
25 May 2022 3.42pm
Reply to  Rilakuma

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.

luca
luca
4 Jun 2022 8.40am
Reply to  Rilakuma

Singapore Health Minister Ong Ye Kung & Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tour Singapore park connectors on bicycles

https://www.tiktok.com/@ongyekung/video/7104875568587443458

The pair started their journey from Kallang Wave Mall and made their way to central Singapore, following designated park connectors.

https://mustsharenews.com/health-minister-bicycles/amp/

Mike
Mike
17 May 2022 12.33am
Reply to  Anil Netto

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
Rilakuma
25 May 2022 2.36pm
Reply to  Mike

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.

Tom Jerry
Tom Jerry
27 May 2022 2.58pm
Reply to  Rilakuma

YB Sim and some others PKR YBs could be joining makcik Zuraida in Parti Bangsa Negara which aspires to be a new Gerakan in BN?

Rilakuma
Rilakuma
31 May 2022 5.00pm
Reply to  Tom Jerry

With Rafizi now in PKR likely to have various internal camps in the party and not wrong to assume some may jump before new law come into picture possibly to PBN. Rafizi is against big tent and may run into conflict with DSAI still desperate to be PM by any means.

Sonic 111
Sonic 111
31 May 2022 9.16pm
Reply to  Rilakuma

YB Saifuddin and YB Sim should now align themselves with Rafizi’s vision to strengten the party internally first and not to engage with kataks under big umbrella.

Rafizi was at Bayan Baru market hall recently to promote his vision. YB Sim team retained PKR Bayan Baru positions so we can expect fresh Bayan Baru rejuvenation beyond bicycle project.