Fake ferry wars: Bridges (and tunnel) over troubled waters (Part 2)

Old ferry terminal - I am not sure if this was on the mainland or the island. - Photograph: raafschool.com

In Part One, we looked at the failure of the Barisan Nasional government in Penang to move towards sustainable mobility.  

Now, let’s look at the Pakatan Harapan’s record since 2008, when it captured power in Penang.

The Penang government got off on the right foot and in 2009, set up the Penang Transport Council, which included civil society representatives.

This council proposed that the state government come up with a transport masterplan for the state.

Heeding the call, the state government and the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency, on 27 April 2011, appointed AJC Planning Consultants Sdn Bhd, Halcrow and the Singapore Cruise Centre to produce a masterplan. Full article on Aliran website

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Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening COVID-19 divide – Oxfam

Rigged economies are funnelling wealth to a rich elite who are riding out the pandemic in luxury, while those on the frontline of the pandemic — shop assistants, healthcare workers, and market vendors — are struggling to pay the bills.

COVID-19 has unleashed an economic storm that hit the poor and vulnerable hardest, with women and marginalised workers facing the worst of job losses and the World Bank warning more than 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty.


Abah has failed us in covid battle.
Still no sign of vaccine.
What is happening now?
Save livelihood at the expense of live?
MCO not effective.


Happening: shop for your lunar new year clothings and goodies at Pasar Malam, open til 10pm, since clothing shops still cannot open during MCO 2.0.


Here if one pay taxes, many rainbow tapes. Here cannot and there cannot. No pay tax, no restriction. Everything boleh just like pasar malam. No wonder why investments are low. Better to be night club.


GEORGE TOWN, Feb 26 — Penang poultry sellers at wet markets have until March 31 to install chillers at their stalls, the state’s Island City Council (MBPP) Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said today.

He said the chillers were to ensure the freshness of the poultry sold at market stalls as any raw poultry exposed to Malaysia’s hot and humid weather for more than two hours increased health risks due to bacterial contamination.


Hi Anil
Does Aliran plan to review Tommy Thomas’s new book and add comments to shed more light on Sheraton Move and its consequences on present day situations?


MH370: critical information from an author/journalist 7 years later:


We cant compare with Singland but always compare with Thailand, Vietland, Laosland and Camland. We are always better than them. This time Covid. We have higher numbers than them. Is a good sign????


Control movement but cannot control Covid. When started we cheer DG but now, the only thing is the Pfizer to save but still have to wait until February. How long to get vaccinated? By the time, the first shot completed in 6 months with 2 shots, malaysia boleh. We have to start all over again with round 2. Where are the $$$ for poor?? More will sleep in cars or shoplift??


Apply for Bantuan Prihatin Nasion BPN and now Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat. This is Robin Hood strategy to divert the fund from the rich thru taxes to the poors.


how to apply robin hood strategy? Not many towkays left. But many bosses left. Boss of char keow teow, one ton mee etc. But silhouette figures show NEP figures are much more. Wants to robin hood makes rakyat poorer? Where can rakyat gets free lunch or dinner? If no, how about free breakfast?


Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin encapsulated the public sentiment with a post online:
“There is no leadership, no clear plan, no clarity in fighting #COVID19. Another 14 days of MCO separuh masak will fail again”



Pakatan Harapan aka DAP Penang equates state progress with the rise physical infrastructures never mind the lack of souls as long as can earn revenues via various taxes eg cukai pintu.


Conversely, super state progress with PKR like in Selangor and snail progress is associated with Kelantan under PAS?