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The Gurney Drive beach in the city that we lost

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The Gurney Drive beach in the city that we lost

Look at this photo of Gurney Drive, probably in the 1970s. It is hard to imagine we had a lovely beach in the city of George Town, Penang, once. People happily swimming in clear waters. A day out for families. Some buying fresh wild-caught fish directly from inshore fisherfolk. You can’t get fish fresher than that!

And the photo below is from the 1930s:

Now, after degrading this beach, we want to spend billions of ringgit trying to create an artificial “Gurney Wharf”, which is supposed to give city folk an artificial beach (which we once had for free), and a massive eight-lane coastal highway. (In reality, the real purpose of this reclamation is the high-density property development planned on reclaimed land from near the Gurney Drive roundabout to Gurney Plaza.) Full article on Aliran website

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Ray of Light
Ray of Light
22 May 2021 9.51pm

Penang is a clean state.
Penang is a smart city.
Penang is best for retirees.
………..
My perspectives changed the moment i witnessed the underpriviledged folks seeking food to fill stomachs daily at Komtar bus hub.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=6338509249508702&id=100000490684747

All can be lost if state government has no shame not to resolve the plights of the needy tjat happen right below their Komtar State Administration Offices.

Don’t wait until the rakyat shriek out “Shame On You, YBs”

shrik
shrik
25 May 2021 10.16pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Ray of Light, I do not see any light emitting out from you. The shame is on Pengland Kias. US of A has Bill Gates wilh donations, When will Bill Gates of Pengland come out? Why not shriek at Pengland Forum to do more than shouting?

shriek
shriek
26 May 2021 8.16pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Ray of Light, you forgot to ask milk tea?? He has jalan and good connect to Ebit, At last Pengland has hope. Milk Tea said things can do better . Pengland may not have Gates but have milk and tea is good enough to do better to send Lew. I am shrieking to order satu gelas teh susu.

Alive
Alive
21 May 2021 8.59am

Gurney Drive is the address of those with deep pockets, not for locals earning Ringgit?

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
22 May 2021 6.38am
Reply to  Alive

Exclusive residence along the coasts of Penang island is a new form of gentrification.

Future sightings of frolicking dolphins only for those with prestigious homes, may be those MM2H residents?

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
23 May 2021 1.16pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Zenith Consortium [rumoured to be] laying off staffs now ghan PTMP hits the snag.
May be State goverment do not need to privatise but undertake the project by pulling in talented Malaysians in Penang and abroad ?

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
24 May 2021 11.42am
Reply to  Ray of Light

https://www.kwongwah.com.my/20210524/两岸三通发展商裁员-杨征家:工程如何进行?/

Reported in today’s Chinese Daily Kwang Hwa Jit Poh. How could Zenith Consortium proceed with reclaimation engineering work now that they have cut down the staff number.

shrik
shrik
25 May 2021 10.20pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Talented? Pengland Gomen has to pay big bucks. How many talent Pengland Kias will do state service like Sinkapore Nat Service? Sinkapore, Nederland, Hong Land are all rich rich. They need not to be privatised,

Alive
Alive
24 May 2021 2.50pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Gurney Drive – a City of Dreams for average Penangites?

At the expense of the beach lost in gentrification?

shrik
shrik
29 May 2021 11.35pm
Reply to  Alive

dreams means hope and inspire to be better, What did Martin Luther King said? I had a dream.

Alive
Alive
31 May 2021 9.25am
Reply to  shrik

Watch this clip to help you dream about Future Penang urban living:

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
21 May 2021 10.31am

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/05/21/its-lose-lose-for-penang-in-psr-privatisation-plan-says-economist/

Privatation of land reclaimation the developers to gain most while state government not so according to Penang Forum Mr MF Lim.

We shall hear from the advocates for land reclaimation to have fair and balanced viewpoints.

shriek
shriek
21 May 2021 10.22pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Sinkapore, Hong land and Nether Land not wrong to reclaim land since it is not privatise?

shrik
shrik
25 May 2021 10.27pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Why not Ray join or become a developer as they gain the most?. Tunglang’s relative works for a developer and he is proud of his relative but shriek at the gomen for allowing developers to do the job.

Why Silence when Pengland was not allowed to borrow $$ by Commonweath Gomen?

Alive
Alive
27 May 2021 6.46pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Remembering the golden days of Gurney Drive
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2021/01/02/remembering-the-golden-days-of-gurney-drive/

Despite how beautiful the new Gurney Wharf may turn out to be in 2023, memories of Gurney Drive and what it used to be will be etched in the hearts of many.

Unfortunately, memories alone – however treasured they may be – cannot withstand the onslaught of development, and we must now bid the fondest of goodbyes to the old Gurney Drive.

shrik
shrik
29 May 2021 11.38pm
Reply to  Alive

In the past, all kids with go and swim and jump into the water naked, They enjoyed so much and who cares?

Alive
Alive
5 Jun 2021 12.52pm
Reply to  shrik

You are now reminiscing like your dear friend tunglang?

Where are thou tunglang?

Alive
Alive
5 Jun 2021 12.51pm

Aerial view of Penang development (June 2021).

Can you spot your home?

Alive
Alive
29 May 2021 8.38am

Total Lockdown from June 1 for 2 weeks.

Hopefully Anil can now stay at home to write more, his experience and opinion on past Covid-19 movement controls, vaccination fiasco, as well as his assessment on the performance of PN government in combating the pandemic.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/05/28/putrajaya-malaysia-to-enter-total-lockdown-from-june-1/1977800

Alive
Alive
27 May 2021 9.14am

Fashionable masks may look good – but how can you tell if they protect against COVID-19?
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-what-reusable-mask-can-i-wear-new-mask-guidelines-moh-14881400

Masks that meet the requirement for medical and surgical standards have a bacterial filtration efficiency of 95% – blocking 95% of droplets it is exposed to.

A mask with higher bacterial filtration efficiency is more effective in preventing bacteria-containing droplets from reaching the wearer. This figure is often indicated on the packaging or product description of the masks sold.

Alive
Alive
25 May 2021 7.39am

CDC has classified Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Malaysia! 60 deaths a day as PM8 cannot afford a full COVID-19 lockdown with all sectors shut like what was imposed last year in order to avoid risk of economy collapse

Self lockdown is our personal choice now.

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
25 May 2021 12.29pm
Reply to  Alive

Self lockdown period we hope more news from AnilNetto.com and more concrete comments from readers.

AnilNetto.com should seize this period to attract more readers who are stuck at home. Better be informed by Anil then to being fooled by handphone games.

Alive
Alive
21 May 2021 5.11pm

No more famous laksa at Air Itam Market in Penang. MCO or Ah Long problem?

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
22 May 2021 3.26pm
Reply to  Alive

Bangkok Lan Mee Goreng will move the stall to New World Park for those who love this what some people call it overrated mee goreng.

Robin
Robin
25 May 2021 2.18pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

People on this forum will bitch and bitch but penang lang so blinded they will continue voting DAP even with the continued destruction of the environment. Missing Tunnel issues and the recent false accusations regarding sinovac vaccines show incompetence and non transparency.
Dap knows penang still their Fixed deposit and don’t care until Penang lang wake up and vote them out. Will that happen? Doubt it.

shriek
shriek
28 May 2021 10.12pm
Reply to  Robin

Pengland is only island and place in the whole earth that see destruction of environment. No see and everthing is good in Singland, Hongland, Chinland with super mega cities population of 30 million more than whole of Malaysia, building coal power plants every month and damming rivers for hydropower, Amazon with botak fields to feed hungry Chinland and burgers, can only see Tigers that are cats in Malaysia, North Pole more ais forming and more sea water rise are eroding the beaches away. Down Under bush fire destroy trees and wild life and next year the flood does the same.… Read more »

shrik
shrik
25 May 2021 10.37pm
Reply to  Ray of Light

Overrated? Those making the food are in the 50s to 70s. Whereas the young ones go south for 3 times their salary and get better facilities and treatment. Soon they will be helping them to export “Singland” food to all over the world. The coming choice is mamak food

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
21 May 2021 9.54am

The state gov. modus operandi is via the sale of land (primary source of income). Statistics or any other social-economic measurement is useless cause they do not use it, they just follow the money. When the money runs out, reclaim more. They will cite non-sense such as reclamation is for combating rising sea levels.

shriek
shriek
21 May 2021 10.19pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Who are they cite? How little tax pengland kias pay and how much received in return?
No Pengland kias like Gates, Jack Ma or Lee of Samsung or LGs. Want gomen to be like Samsung build factories and employ millions of pengland kias as assembly workers.
No money talk what just like after the coming out in full voice after the fasting period

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