Protect the natural beauty of Penang

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We must do everything we can to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the place we call home.

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janey

Does anyone know to date the exact acerage of hillslope, trees that have been chopped and burnt to make way for developers to build more empty concrete towers and still they continue to get planning permission. Look at Hunza who are gona build high up above the current alila in tanjong bungah!! ” skyscraping monstrsoities only serving to potentially destabilise the slopes and of course reduce the natural habitat for flora, fauna and animals!!

Shame on anyone who gives such approval!!!!!

tunglang

The chopped trees & buldlozed top soil & rocks are money-making commodities for these greed-induced developers.
Now you know why trees have to go, not only for apparent convenience & Speedy Gonzales piling, building contract works.
Just say: Kill 2 birds with one development!
Now, how’s that for rainy-green horned wildebeests home buyers unknowingly paying super-high priced properties developed by ‘One stone, kills 2 birds” developers?

kee

Ah Soon Kor, really appreciate your effort, hope you make that known to Lim Guan Eng.

The other day, i spoke to a cobbler at PTikus market that soon this carpark will be gone for highrise. And i further said, the residents and the people are against it.

And, he replied, “This is a private property, what right do we have to object?”

ong eu soon

If i list down alkl the properties approved by lgE, then you tell me how beautiful will Penang island be?????

ong eu soon

2 block of 37-38 storey medium cost apartment with 420 units ON LOT 44, 184, 191, 192 and PT 324, SEK. 11E, GEORGE TOWN, DTL, Jalan CY CHOY / Cisirung SANDILANDS, PENANG. Approved by lgE.

ong eu soon

Pearl Regency Condominium (map) is a luxury condominium project under construction at Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3, next to Tesco Penang, in Gelugor. Developed by IJM Properties, it comprises two 35-storey condominiums called Residence Tower (aka Block A, to the west) and Home Tower (aka Block B, to the east). The two blocks are separated by Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3. There is a total of 387 units on Block A and 187 units on Block B. Built-up area on Block A is between 89 sq m to 125 sq m while on Block A, which is the one next to Tesco… Read more »

ong eu soon

Like this, you also complaint ah? If I only build 2 or 3 storey how can you afford to stay in the island. All these high rises on a hillslope will make you more accessible to Heaven! sEE HOW people centric is my decision!

ong eu soon

If 1 is not enough, how about a 25 storey apartment with 176 units, a 26 storey apartment with 181units, a 26 storey apartment with 181 units, all at PERSIARAN KELICAP, Sungai Ara!!!!! No problem lah! We strictly adhere a too very stringent guideline no above 250ft sea level hillslope development. Must be approved by KTK! Why this KTK always do the bad thing! ?Don’t worry just a proposal not approved yet!

ong eu soon

oop! that might be above 250ft sea level!!!!!

ong eu soon

31 storey apartment at persiaran kelicap, sungai ara by Setia Promenade . Project approved on 23-Feb-10. A hillslope project, should we call for a ban since the state government has vow to stop the Sunway City project at sungai ara. Why the double standard? No public protest ah?????

ong eu soon

Permai Village
Proposal to build 2 32 story apartment blocks and one 9 story block with 24 units per level at Lorong Lembah Permai 3 by TAMAN SRI SETIA SDN. BHD. This project will alter the characteristic of the surrounding residential areas. You think lgE will approve this project or not?

ong eu soon

Sorry. The approval date for 10 ISLAND RESORT, BATU FERRINGHI (ISLAND RESORT) is wrong, but it is definitely will be / already approved by lgE

ong eu soon

10 ISLAND RESORT, BATU FERRINGHI (ISLAND RESORT) An escapade can take many forms, from a holiday at the beach to a hike in the hills but home is the real refuge after a tired day at work. Located at the famed Miami Beach in Batu Ferringhi, Island Resort development takes on a whole new meaning with its resort-style living concept. Every effort has been made to ensure Island Resort exceeds all expectations as a place to call home. Divided into 4 phases, the first phase featured a recreational club housing food and beverages outlets, spa and sports facilities. The second… Read more »

ong eu soon

Taman Bukit Erskine is a 38-storey apartment block located along Lebuhraya Halia in Tanjung Tokong, Penang. There are 564 units of low-medium cost apartment in total. The apartment unit has a built-up area of 650 sq.ft. and each unit comes with three bedrooms.
A Hillslope project approved by lgE in 2012.

ong eu soon

1 medium cost 30 storey apartment with 160units on LOT 921, 922 & 923, MUKIM 11, DAERAH BARAT DAYA, LENGKOK KELICAP, PULAU PINANG. Project approved in 15-Nov-11 .

ong eu soon

another hillslope project overlook???? Above 250ft sea level??? Sg Ara again!!!!

ong eu soon

Next to lot 1557, is BL Business Center 1 block 2 ½ storey shoplot/shop office (10 units). BL Garden 30 storey low medium cost apartment (300 units). BL Avenue 19 storey medium cost apartment (168 units) with 9 storey podium. Carpark on LOT 1555, 1556 Section 5 Bandar Georgetown N.E.D. Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Penang.
Another hillslope project approved in 15-Jan-09. Lucky this place is haunted by thousands of ghosts, those apartments are hardly occupied.

ong eu soon

If you feel that the 4 season apartments along the lebuhraya thean teik is not sufficient to cause traffic congestion, there is another project to build 381 units of medium cost apartment (37-38units) and 48 units of low cost flat (28-29 storey) with an 8 level podium carpark on LOT 1557, Section 5, Georgetown, N.E.D. Thean Teik Highway, Penang. Project approved in 06-Dec-11 and it is a hillslope project may be below 250ft from sea level. See the pix at
http://sightime.com/prototype/RID/images/construction/26.jpg

ong eu soon

The hillslope guideline is finally available at http://www.mppp.gov.my/html/themes/MPP/pdf/penangsafety1409.pdf

With this guideline on hand, I am going to show you guys how this lgE administration screw up with it’s own guidelines. I am going to take pictures, arm with evidences to show you how screw up is lgE!

Ah Boy

I plea with LGE and team to plant more hardy. leafy and shady trees at every possible spots of Penang to make it a garden city and to minimise the the horrible concrete impact. PLS PLS PLS

Ameen Hussaini

I think we should stop cut trees and build houses in slop ares. Mostly in from Tanjung Tokong to Teluk Bahang.

Gerakan K

Coffee addict: “.. . take a slow walk to appreciate … .”

No, since day 1 LGE has taken FAST MODE for concrete development. Quantity over qualify is the route taken by LGE. Imbalance happen everywhere and every pakatan machai is blinded by quantity. Oversupply of HIGH END housing and there is very few REAL affordable housing in Penang.

tunglang

MPPP is partly to be blamed. Some dirts will be dug out in the near future.
But some of these insane land & infrastructural development are also approved by your venerable Boh Lan Hoot.
The fact is Penang is going down the unsustainable route to self annihilation of its very unique facets of cultural identity & environmental charm into something crass & alien as cosmopolitan ala Singland.
On this development I have to agree with you. No machai … polishing.

Ah Boy

Boh Lan Hoot reportedly wanna selling his T Bungah home claiming his children (both in New York not USM by the way) not around anymore and plan to reside in KL.
We want to expediate his departure. His presence only remind us of those lost year$ under his admin.

Yang

Its should be since day 1, 40 years ago when the beautiful lush green paddy field were destroyed and wipe clean of greenery by the Geelakan administration of Barang Naik and the beautiful beaches of Penang become concrete with hotel and dirty water guushing out from it. It started with Geelakan BN and the greenery hill of of Paya Terubong destroyed with concrete housing and apartment. And Geelakan nearly destroy the almost extinctnipah trees in Pit Street.

PR LGE MPPP has outlined that in any project for every trees taken down it will be replaced with another tree.

Kevin

Yang, I think people have to understand that replacing one tree with another is not a fair deal because the trees that are chopped are usually decades old and have grown to such a size that it provides shelter, shade and is aesthetically nice. The trees which are replanted are either palms, or younger smaller trees which will take decades more to reach an equal size. We want our children to enjoy them as we did, not wait for another 40, 50 years. I don’t understand, if a tree is there why do their hands have to be so itchy… Read more »

Yang

Kevin,
You cannot have it both way. Either you want to stay jobless, or till the land like a farmer or still want to live in an attap house or with development where the people will have a higher standard of living and better living and housing conditions. We tried to make the best of it especially when you are living a a compact island like Penang

Freedom

I totally disagree that “with development where the people will have a higher standard of living and better living and housing conditions”, the high rises are death traps, i would prefer to “till the land like a farmer or still want to live in an attap house” and enjoy clean air, water and food anytime. You are totally way off in your concept of “development” i’m afraid.

Yang

Yes look at Myanmar, lots and lots of greenery and see what happen to the people. With one of the lowest standard of living and people living in squalid conditions. Do you want to be like that. Even China has reformed to such a great extend and of course they are taking measure just like the LGE PR govt to control the enviroment.

tunglang

The need here is sustainable development – not only in terms of housing, infrastructure & transportation, but also economic / industrial. We have to choose what we truly need, not copying wholesale what others are doing to their future detriment. What is beneficial, glorifying & good on the outside may be toxic on the inside. Experience of the past 50 donkey years can teach us a lot. And why copy Singland style wholesale? BTW, China developers are building at speedy gonzales speed to finish the last projects & soon scampering to find exit doors ASAP. Sad but true for opening… Read more »

tunglang

While we still salivate at manufac & intellectual (ideas), service economy, don’t forget that the coming food shortage (within the next 20 years) is inevitable. Not even genetic modified food can solve this pressing food shortage problem worldwide. Another will be water shortage which could be a spark of regional conflict (Middle East?). We have the agri-know how & industrial capacity (even to export) to fulfill & protect our food needs & wants. Not the time to feel disdain for soiling our hands & feet in agri-employment / works when our stomachs are growling when a Bengali roti (that no… Read more »

Kevin

I too love city-life and I am very much pro-development so long as the development is green. We don’t have to chop big trees down because we want to build something esp if they are by the road side shading pedestrian walkways and are not even our property. How does a tree hamper development? Look at the extension of Gleneagles in Pg on Jalan Pangkor and how they killed the huge tree by the roadside that is outside their property. If u have a tree in your home and want it to die, that is your right but pls don’t… Read more »

tunglang

If only we Penangites will take a slow walk to appreciate the varied facets of the island’s charm, colors & synchronicity of diverse cultures to fully appreciate our unique inheritance. If only the timeless icons are zealously preserved for future generations to enjoy as it is now. If only the gomen can understand what is authentic Penang heritage from what is cosmopolitan Singland crassitude. If only the unique lifestyle of the locals, from innercity George Town to rural Kampung Sungai Burung (Balik Pulau) are conserved & protected from uprooting by insanity of meaningless development. If only sustainable development is the… Read more »

kee

Tunglung, first thing is, i think Penang people did the right thing for once, i mean after near 2 decades finally woke up from coma and voted for a better government !!! I appreciate the old buildings in Beach St are beautifully restored… I appreciate that many old houses under heritage zone are nicely upgraded… I appreciate that Komtar is not being abandoned but instead much effort has been put in to revitalise to its former glory and best of all, CM’s office is still there (no wastage like what BN government is good for)… I also appreciate that the… Read more »

Salmiah

I was in Singapore yesterday for Jason Mraz concert for the opening of Gardens by the Bay, a new green lung next to the Marina Bay Sands. Visitors can enter the 54-hectare park from seven places. Most of the attractions will be free. Ticketed areas include the aerial walkway and two cooled conservatories. On a leisurely stroll, you will encounter birds, and bears – in the form of plant sculptures. And there are mini heritage gardens to reflect on Singapore’s multi-racial composition with hints of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian influences. If Penang cannot retain its natural beauty and green… Read more »

tunglang

This seems the way to go for Cosmopolitan Penang. Some don’t appreciate the existing assets Penangites have inherited from past ancestors – the Botanic Garden, the hills, beaches, temples, cultures, food, heritage buildings and people, I mean us Malay, Chinese, Indians, Siamese & Eurasians. Many things may & will have to ‘go’ to morph Penang Island into a global cultural & economic magnet worthy of Bing Chui residence to the rich & famous. But one thing is certain: Penang will not be the timeless charm it used to be known for. Bastardized is a better word for the lack of… Read more »

Boo Soon Yew

Dear ALL in Penang..
There are GREEN LUNGS within the island of Penang !!
Please refrain from gulping all the half truths, worse, half-baked untruths which pollute our MSP..

Behold.. on my Facebook Album..
VAST GREENERY in Taman Sri Nibong, Bayan Lepas, maintained by MPPP !!
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3734849047858.2146845.1175032339&type=3

kee

Boo, thanks for the pics in your facebook.

Yes, humans are like that, if we dont like what we see or things are not happening according to our liking, we, more often than not, will succumb to distort facts, telling half truths.

Penang people are the pampered lot. They want green lung to be right in front of their house. They want rapid bus to stop right at their doorstep, too.

That is Penang’s mentality otherwise it will not take them near 2 decades to oust Gerakan !!!

Boo Soon Yew

Cheers Kee !! 🙂

Kevin

Dear Mr Boo, Nobody is disputing the fact that Penang has many green lungs compared to some other urban centres of Malaysia. But why should the rest of Malaysia be a benchmark for us. We should aim to be number one in the world and right now compared to many international cities, we are lagging behind on that point. I’m not accusing the state gov of not greening Pg. Just merely saying that more can be done. For example, new parks which are large (like the botanical gardens) should be set up, maybe somewhere down south so that people there… Read more »

Boo Soon Yew

Agreed Kevin.. I was looking at what we have at the moment and treasuring them.. These green pockets, though small, is good enough to me, especially in old housing areas where you can just have a simple enclave of the size of just half a football field.. As long as they are loaded with trees with perhaps some playground equipment thrown in.. As for bench-marking to SG as the gold standard, they have indeed achieved commendably in this area of “Park & Recreation”.. Thus, the ensuing concern of development projects that slice of chunks of trees and soil of the… Read more »