From one sorry-looking tower to another two: This is what the PGCC will look like from Komtar – but please, please remember that there are going to be 38 other high-rise towers in front of the crooked twin towers!
Just read a Star report that says Penang Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon has rejected ‘suggestions’ (I thought they were demands) from NGOs for more public hearings on the PGCC. He was echoing State Local Government Committee chairman Teng Hock Nan’s statement on Sunday that there would not be any public hearings on the project.
Apparently, such public hearings involved legal process and were not something that could be held many times, said Koh.
Many times? Hey, there hasn’t been a single public hearing (for the public, that is, and not just nearby residents) on the PGCC.
And legal process?
Pray tell us how a public meeting was held in June 2002 for the MPPP project to upgrade and beautify Little India – a project which was puny in comparison to the PGCC.
Look at how they talk down to us and take us as fools. This is why we really need to have elected local councils so that the Council and other local authorities will be more accountable and answerable to the people. We need real participatory democracy.
Well, folks, the general election is around the corner… lest Koh and Teng forget.