I dislike the backdoor PN government for so many reasons. But whatever its motivation, its decision not to fund the the RM100m Penang cable car project is a blessing in disguise.
The cable car project is not a priority now (it never was!) as tourism will be badly hit after Covid-19. And with the national economy in dire straits, the RM100m saved could be better spent on the basic needs of the people.
Moreover, many are worried about the ecological impact of the cable car project. Sahabat Alam Malaysia has elaborated on this eloquently.
Now here comes the kicker: It is also time to review all other wasteful or ecologically unsustainable mega projects in Penang. You know, the projects that benefit vested corporate interests more than ordinary people. Yes, you know what I am talking about.
The argument that these projects are needed to generate jobs for the people does not hold water.
There are many other more sustainable ways of creating employment in new or neglected sectors eg in non-toxic renewable energy, waste reduction and recycling, education and the arts, organic or urban farming, public healthcare, and the building and operations of non-polluting buses, ferries and trains.
What do you think?