The Tanjung Bunga Residents Association is seeking legal clarification over what it claims is the “illicit modification” of the Penang Structure Plan.
They are seeking a declaration that Tanjung Bunga lies in the ‘Secondary Corridor’ and not in the ‘Primary Corridor’ of development under the Structure Plan.
In 2009, through various lawyers’ letters, press conferences, a mural and individual meetings, TBRA had asked for legal clarification over the modification of the Plan, but the group said it did not receive satisfactory replies. The following year more messages were sent to MPPP and the State government mostly by email. “We were stonewalled and concluded that the only way forward was by a formal application to a court of law to interpret the Structure Plan,” it said in its AGM report.
A local lawyer agreed to file a case and two Committee members volunteered to become plaintiffs in the case, TBRA said.
The TBRA added in its report for the AGM, which was held on 5 March:
It was not an easy decision for our resource-poor Residents’ Association to take the State Government to court. Much time was spent debating the pros and cons. While TBRA feels it has a watertight case, legal action is expensive and fraught with risks. The Committee, following legal advice, initially agreed not to make the decision public so as to minimise pressure on the State by developers. This AGM is the first public notice of the case.