A delegation from Penang Forum, a coalition of 14 Penang-based NGOs, met Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng this evening to discuss areas of concern.
The frank three-hour dialogue touched on a broad range of sustainable development and planning issues including the Penang Island Local Plan and when it could be implemented; density and congestion problems; public transport and the Penang Transport Masterplan. The activists stressed the importance of affordable housing, a land reclamation policy and green spaces. Concerns about Spice were also raised.
Penang Forum acknowledged positive changes in Penang as well including improvements in cleanliness, the ‘no plastic bags’ initiative and the open tender system.
The 13 activists attending the meeting, held in the Operations Room of the Chief Minister’s Office on Level 28, included representatives of Aliran, Malaysian Nature Society, Consumers Association of Penang and Penang Heritage Trust.
Also present were Penang state exco member for local government Chow Kon Yeow, state exco member for public works, utilities and transport Lim Hock Seng,
MPPP MPSP President Patahiyah Ismail Maimunah Mohd Sharif, senior MPPP officials, and Penang Hill Corporation general manager Lee Kah Choon.