Trees chopped down in Tanjung Bungah – with permit

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13 June 2018 Update: So it looks like 24 trees are going to be chopped or have to make way: 21 of these are supposed to be diseased but a nature lover said they looked fine to him. Today, some residents in the area turned up to stage a protest against the tree-chopping:


Independent filmmaker Andrew Ng investigates what happened near the Tanjung Bungah market.

Not even an attempt at transplanting, for what it’s worth. Why the need to chop down all those trees? For road-widening? Or is it a reflection of how little we think of trees in the pursuit of ‘development’, never mind global warming and climate change?

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Heng GS
Heng GS
10 Jun 2018 9.00am

Looking forward to Penang Forum to organise Tabung Tanam Pokok and create awareness and make things happened. Too much groaning no action.

Hillside Resident
Hillside Resident
11 Jun 2018 7.40pm
Reply to  Heng GS

They won’t do it because that is not their objective. Their purpose is to run down the State government not to plant trees or take care of existing trees. So many trees in Hillside area were infected with a parasite plant BUT none of them complained even TBRA Only my friends wrote to MBPP.

BB resident
BB resident
14 Jun 2018 1.24pm

Tanjung Bungah folks can learn from Urban Farmers in Singapore to grow vegetables indoor using LED lights, besides plant new trees. See this video:

Norman
Norman
10 Jun 2018 4.51pm

Investigative journalism means go find out the cause and reason behind the incident. Sadly, it is easy to provoke people with a snapshot to suit one’s agenda.

Sanil
Sanil
12 Jun 2018 3.39pm
Reply to  Norman

Get the story right with facts, not just cry wolf.

Ah Hua
Ah Hua
10 Jun 2018 7.53am

First and foremost, do make a survey of the residents in Tanjing Bungah “how many cars per household they own” before chanting the slogan of “Move people not vehicles” or “More public transports”.
I know of a family of four there but own 9 cars and always like to flaunt around with their new toys !

Floris
Floris
15 Jun 2018 1.26pm
Reply to  Ah Hua

According to the report on Oriental Daily today, MBPP has clarified to the satisfaction of the residents that only trees belonging to private property are cut. So unfair to mske wrong accusations. Andrew musg follow up to avoid further misunderstanding.

Shriek
Shriek
10 Jun 2018 10.55am

This film maker is just naive to create sensation. Where is the full story and if he is greenie, ask and see the boss for the permit. How can one just believe hearsay?

BB resident
BB resident
14 Jun 2018 1.44pm

Another video by Andrew Ng – Pedestrian Pathway Turned Car Park in Pulau Tikus

Nobody in Penang makes noise because they all drive cars, never walk on pedestrian pathway?

tunglang
tunglang
16 Jun 2018 1.24am
Reply to  BB resident

It happens almost everywhere where you can find this lovely pedestrian walkway with a yellow line. It happened opposite SJK (C) Moh Ghee @ Perak Lane where I saw a young lady driver drove fast her MyVi on this new pedestrian walkway oblivion to the danger her driving might pose to others. Motorbikers are also culprits who don’t care but just want to beat the traffic light (go wait @ the Perak Lane – Jalan Jelutong traffic light junction & see these impatient bikers who just simply ride onto the pedestrian walkway to turn left into Perak Lane). If I… Read more »

Norman
Norman
16 Jun 2018 2.11pm
Reply to  tunglang

Anthony Loke must get JPJ and APAD to enforce that vehicles have no right of way on the pedestrian walkway.

Brian
Brian
12 Jun 2018 5.02pm

Andrew Ng can seek Gobind Singh to join the to-be-revamped RTM to make documentary programs for the Panorama slot.

Shriek
Shriek
12 Jun 2018 6.17pm
Reply to  Brian

Rapper Wee can orso join in the party

Floris
Floris
15 Jun 2018 1.31pm

Please refer to this update from Oriental Daily today – only trees on private land are cut in this Tanjung Bungah incident.
http://www.orientaldaily.com.my/s/247310

Ah Hua
Ah Hua
14 Jun 2018 9.03pm

Come, come, girls ! All hug the trees but make sure don’t hug the wrong one !

Floris
Floris
15 Jun 2018 1.43pm
Reply to  Ah Hua

The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) today cleared the air over the reported felling of 21 trees along a road in Tanjung Bungah. MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang said there had been some confusion on the part of NGOs on the location of the trees to be felled. “The NGO members were reported to have hugged some trees yesterday, but they were under the assumption that the trees to be felled were along the whole stretch of Jalan Loh Poh Heng. “That is not true. The 21 trees already felled are further away, located within the proposed development, which is… Read more »

tunglang
tunglang
11 Jun 2018 9.21pm

This is not one or two selected trees cut down due to disease or old age BUT a row of healthy green trees truncated which otherwise provide the much needed cooling shades for residents walking in this searing heat wave. All in the name of making way for a wider road. Now, look at Green Lane opposite Mc Donalds where a few years ago, many trees were indiscriminately removed or relocated to give way to road widening. Does it help any when we are still seeing traffic jams like the recent one last Friday morning due to 2 accidents. And… Read more »

quan
quan
11 Jun 2018 10.08am

The city council must first heed the people’s advice before felling any tree.

‘Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association chairman Meenakshi Raman urged MBPP to explain the rationale for allowing the trees to be cut down.
“What was the basis for felling these very important trees?”’

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/06/11/seeing-red-over-felled-trees-tanjung-bungah-residents-furious-that-five-shady-trees-disappeared-over/

shriek
shriek
11 Jun 2018 11.33pm
Reply to  quan

Can you review the regulations on tree cutting and propose changes? In some councils, if trees are within 3 m if a bldg, permissions are not required. Some if trees are to be felled, replacements are required. Some are relocated to nursury and the replanted back. Relocation takes 6 months preparation.

Hillside Resident
Hillside Resident
10 Jun 2018 4.56pm

There is a team of new road sweeping contractors in the Hillside Tanjung Bungah that seems to be chopping down trees at random rather than sweeping the road. They are hoping to get easy money with nothing to sweep. Just check the trees around the area

shriek
shriek
11 Jun 2018 11.34pm

Please submit the nsmes rather than generalisation..

bornrebel
10 Jun 2018 2.38pm

..why cant it just be trimmed down?

tunglang
tunglang
9 Jun 2018 7.47pm

My one nice word for MBPP – NYIAMAK!
I think it’s high time to form a Green Warrior Platoon…. Legal or not (to kill trees) in the name of development is beyond the saliva sales-pitch of manifesto of Pakatan Harapan.

Read PH manifesto, a false hope?:

Pakatan manifesto on environmental protection more specific, say activists
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/15/pakatan-manifesto-on-environmental-protection-more-specific-say-activists/#c8E6Zs68bJyIvBwo.99

shriekith
shriekith
11 Jun 2018 11.41pm
Reply to  tunglang

But rakyat can continue to pollute

Shriek
Shriek
11 Jun 2018 11.48pm
Reply to  tunglang

Continue to pollute with cars and washing greasy cooking oil lard beside roadside drain. The drain are coated with grease and washed into the streams and rivers. We are killing or polluting the fishes and marine like with undissolved char teow oil people line up to buy. Yet pg lang still want to eat coastal fish live in greasy water. What a good unexplained from ngos

tunglang
tunglang
13 Jun 2018 10.27pm

Environmental NGOs protest felling of 21 trees
https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/environmental-ngos-protest-felling-21-100857239.html

Ada lagi ‘Harapan’ bagi pokok-pokok di Pakatan Harapan Pulau Pinang?
Apa kah erti Cleaner Greener Penang?
Nyiamak MBPP.

Ah Hua
Ah Hua
12 Jun 2018 5.11pm

Boy killed in jet ski mishap in Batu Ferringhi ! Again ? The Penang gov must answer for it !
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/379107/boy-killed-jet-ski-mishap-batu-ferringhi

Mah HS
Mah HS
13 Jun 2018 8.23am
Reply to  Ah Hua

Wah lao! Like that got constipation … also can cblame gomen?

Ah Hua
Ah Hua
9 Jun 2018 8.19pm

Aiyoh, poor tree in Tanjung Bungah !
Hold the Penang Exco responsible by all means !

shriek
shriek
11 Jun 2018 11.40pm
Reply to  Ah Hua

Next change then ? Exco to care for trees? If trees are felled in federal forest reserve, hold the cabinet responsible? Finance minister part of cabinet must orso answer for tree cutting in the reserve?

Mah HS
Mah HS
13 Jun 2018 8.22am
Reply to  shriek

Exco already pay cut 10%.