Poor public transport connectivity between Butterworth and George Town

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In this video, YouTube user Poon points to the poor state of public transport connectivity between Butterworth and George Town. This is so true. (Thanks to the heads-up from blog reader Luca.)

I always wondered why there could not be a minibus connecting Butterworth to George Town via the ferries, so that passengers don’t have to get off and on the buses when they reach the ferries. The minibuses could just enter the ferries and head to their hubs on the island and mainland. Wouldn’t that be far easier and cheaper than an “undersea LRT”?

The other option is, of course, water taxis from Butterworth to Gurney Drive and Butterworth to Queensbay.

But first of all, shouldn’t we have a new statewide sustainable mobility masterplan before talking about the LRT for the whole state? Put all options on the table and hire world-renowned sustainable mobility experts (with no connection to any infrastructure companies) to evaluate the most eco-friendly option for Penang.

Just look at how they built the monstrous and pedestrian-unfriendly Penang Sentral in Butterworth when they put the cart (major terminal) before the horse (no state-wide sustainable mobility masterplan).

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dsn
dsn
22 Sep 2023 1.30pm

Penang Sentral is a flop from sustainability point of view?

Veritas Architects was put in charge of the design works of the proposed transit-oriented development, while the construction of Phase 1 was allocated to a subsidiary of MRCB, Penang Sentral Sdn Bhd. Penang Sentral was modeled after KL Sentral, which also incorporated commercial and residential elements.

Mike
Mike
24 Sep 2023 9.18am
Reply to  dsn

The residential element is missing as Penang Sentral concept not fully implemented. A repeat of Komtar inability to go beyond phase 2.

Luca
Luca
28 Sep 2023 8.27am
Reply to  Mike

A live-in population, a wide range of complementary amenities and greater accessibility via public transportation will contribute to George Town becoming “a round-the-clock” vibrant commercial district for work, live and play. It will reduce the unnecessary long hours traveling to work (traffic congestion).

Royston
Royston
23 Nov 2023 8.24pm
Reply to  Luca

Batu Kawan industrial project will proceed as planned, says CM Chow

The Penang chief minister says the PDC has already spent up to RM1 billion on getting the land for the industrial park project and will not abandon it.

Wah Lau Eh!
Wah Lau Eh!
22 Nov 2023 11.57pm
Reply to  Mike

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 21 — The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will introduce e-scooters as an alternative mode of transport in congestion prone Bayan Baru next year in a bid to reduce traffic jams.

luca
luca
24 Nov 2023 11.42am
Reply to  Wah Lau Eh!

Overview development progress the new bypass connecting Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu directly to Bandar Baru Ayer Itam in Penang:

Luca
Luca
27 Sep 2023 8.00am

Better have a good connectivity (public bus) from mainland to Gurney Wharf, a new tourist attraction soon:

Ayappan
Ayappan
27 Sep 2023 3.30pm
Reply to  Luca

Looks good. Make sure no illegal hawkers around spoiling the scene. Set up some food kiosks and maintain hygiene and cleanliness.

Mike
Mike
27 Sep 2023 5.22pm
Reply to  Luca

Not sure MPPP to include a multi storey car park there to cope with existing insufficient parking bays ?
Anil being a member of PF could have seen the master plan to enlighten us?

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.30pm
Reply to  Mike

why build when can they can run a EV shuttle buses. More land is required for parking – either shrink the size of Gurney or go and build more land in the sea.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.28pm
Reply to  Luca

From Mainland to Gurney School? Then more people will migrate to the island for there is do nothing in mainland except PAS.

luca
luca
16 Oct 2023 6.02am
Reply to  shriek

A new documentary film on the 1MDB state fund scandal, Man On The Run, will hit Malaysian cinemas on October 19.

It follows Jho Low, a mysterious businessman, and a playboy, as he masterminds a scheme to exploit 1MDB.

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Shirish Manikam
Shirish Manikam
18 Oct 2023 1.43pm
Reply to  luca

Waiting so long Anil got no new posting? Lately power grab issue in DAP Penang position no report? Seems like the power hungry former CM trying to unseat current CM?

luca
luca
21 Oct 2023 4.10pm

Plot to topple CM Chow hatched a while back, say DAP sources. They say moves to replace the chief minister began before the state elections in August.

Benny Chok
Benny Chok
23 Oct 2023 10.51am
Reply to  luca

No open tender, CM Chow in trouble? Winning of the end?

Niaokong is ready to pounce?

Mr Wonderful
Mr Wonderful
24 Oct 2023 2.04pm
Reply to  Benny Chok

Niaokong not off the net yet with alleged tunnel commissions. Internal squabbles originated from business ventures turned sour.

Niaosen
Niaosen
11 Nov 2023 11.25am
Reply to  Benny Chok

The underwater tunnel project previously also no open tender, right?

A Rakyat 88
23 Oct 2023 1.44pm
Reply to  luca

Actually it should go about 3 years back when PH lost the Rakyat’s mandate and the then FM lost his minister post.

Thought he was going to come back to Penang and ask to return back his earlier CM post from current CM. But things were quiet until now.

In between then and now, when PH won GE15, he was hoping for any government post. Again, all was quiet on the PH unity front.

So, look up, look down, look left, look right, look front, there was only the CM post which was within DAP.

Jammy
Jammy
22 Oct 2023 10.26am

Very long no new posting. Anil ran out of topics?

How about new Penang development or new food scene in Penang? Currently many Penangites on 9-day vegetarian diet.

Xiaowei
Xiaowei
23 Oct 2023 12.51pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Can talk about MCA going solo?

Wee Ka Siong now frustrated talk east talk west lately.

Brocky
Brocky
26 Oct 2023 9.52am
Reply to  Xiaowei

Read this article “The ambition of MCA”.

https://mysinchew.sinchew.com.my/news/20231024/mysinchew/5080018

Mr Wonderful
Mr Wonderful
23 Oct 2023 2.57pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

CM Chow was a honest reporter and could have been to naive in business world that he could have fallen into the scheme of things happening in PDC?

Brocky
Brocky
24 Oct 2023 3.35pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

This will trigger Anil for new posting:

The police have arrested four individuals, including PSM chairperson Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, for trying to stop the eviction of farmers in Kanthan, Tambun, in Perak.

Armajeet
Armajeet
25 Oct 2023 11.02am
Reply to  Brocky

This is happening at PMX constituency Tambun while PMX is too busy on Palestine matter. Why victimise farmers when we are having food shortages and high food price?

Joe Public
25 Oct 2023 9.43pm
Reply to  Armajeet

Yes, but DAP is the strongest supporter of Unity leadership with about 40 seats.

So, whatever their coalition leadership and the government does in action or in speech or do not do due to wrong priorities, do know that regardless of, DAP gives its fullest support to it.

And we all know who’s DAP’s shameless majority and minority supporters are. In the matter of food shortages, high food price, etc and victimization what has DAP done or have suggested so far to resolve these issues ?

Shriek
Shriek
4 Nov 2023 2.29pm
Reply to  Joe Public

Telling the wrong guy. Should asked pkr having finance, econ, agri ministries. You want the youth ministries to ask youth clubs to grow more kangkong and catch fish for more belcan?

NoNo
NoNo
12 Nov 2023 10.34am
Reply to  Armajeet

PMX is too busy on solidarity matters of middle east nature, at the expense of the plight of local people? Where is the priority? He need reminder from PSM.

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Brocky
Brocky
24 Oct 2023 10.56pm

Between 2020 and 2022, around USD$33 billion was withdrawn from Malaysia’s pension fund, the Employee Provident Fund (EPF), to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, about half of EPF contributors under the age of 55 have less than MYR10,000 in their accounts. And according to EPF officials, only 4% of Malaysians can afford to retire.

LEO
LEO
3 Nov 2023 1.04pm
Reply to  Brocky

This is a serious issue. A time bomb waiting to explode. What if our seniors have no money forctheir twilight years and the government with high debt and big bloated civil service cannot offer more aid and goodies?

Shriek
Shriek
4 Nov 2023 2.31pm
Reply to  Brocky

No problem. We are good in asking handouts. Fishermen, planters etc get help. Why not rest?

NoNo
NoNo
12 Nov 2023 10.36am
Reply to  Brocky

Tough days ahead if no enough money for retirement days. Old age needs more meduxal xare meanjng more money. Enjoy today without prper savings woll mean difficult days wgen old.

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.33pm
Reply to  luca

needs 2 to dance. What is the point of mastermind if there is no GO GO ahead?

Brocky
Brocky
23 Oct 2023 12.58pm
Reply to  shriek

Grassroots want situation in Penang DAP to ‘cool down’, says ex-assemblyman and executive councillor Phee Boon Poh. Party members want DAP to focus on more important issues, such as the cost of living.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/10/23/dap-grassroots-want-situation-in-penang-to-cool-down-says-former-exco/

Lemmy
Lemmy
3 Nov 2023 5.07pm
Reply to  luca

Bossku hit by COVID now can enjoy Hospital stay, aircond with better bed than the Kajang prison. Maybe he wish he could get longer MC to enjoy this luxury?

Luca
Luca
23 Sep 2023 7.59am

YB SIM aspires to make Bayan Baru a walkable city?

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Luca
Luca
24 Sep 2023 7.28am
Reply to  Luca

Join us on an exhilarating walking adventure through the vibrant streets of Penang! In this captivating video, we navigate the challenging terrain of a city that’s known for its LACK OF pedestrian streets.

Jawan
Jawan
27 Sep 2023 12.50pm
Reply to  Luca

Need to improve the walkability aspect in the heritage zone, possibly close the road from vehicles on certain days to allow street activities like flea Market and street performance.

glissantia
glissantia
28 Sep 2023 3.02pm
Reply to  Jawan

For people addicted to Western propaganda, aircon, cars, selfies, etc., walkability is a strange idea.

luca
luca
14 Oct 2023 10.54am
Reply to  Jawan

Benefits of ‘Walkable Neighbourhood’:

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/health/2023/10/14/what-does-a-walkable-neighbourhood-have-to-do-with-cancer

Investing in walkable places can drastically improve a fit lifestyle, which increases resilience to health risks and reduces the number of people affected by chronic disease.

Shriek
Shriek
17 Oct 2023 4.54pm
Reply to  luca

Problem is hot weather and one wet with sweat even just standing without moving a step in the afternoon. Plant shady trees along foot parh

Lemmy
Lemmy
3 Nov 2023 5.05pm
Reply to  Shriek

No problem once you do not enjoy fuel subsidy from next year. Learn to adapt.

NoNo
NoNo
12 Nov 2023 10.37am
Reply to  Shriek

The habit seems to be cutting down trees for road widening instead of plantong nrw ones.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.17pm
Reply to  Luca

The You tube is not old Penang. The commercial area is build along an arterial road and on both sides are side road to service the commercial and business area, Who wants to walk along the arterial road when one can see more on the side roads with shade, finger licking food and kopi or.

Mike
Mike
24 Sep 2023 9.25am
Reply to  Luca

YB Sim half cooked bicycle path now to become pedestrian walk?

Noble idea to encourage cycling but the Bayan Baru traffic can be chaotic with motor vehicles which can pose danger to cyclist when safety at times can be overlooked by over zealous car drivers?

Also there is no bicycle parking spots and cyclist cannot park and go shopping. Return from shopping the bicycles can go missing.

What say you, readers?

Courteous Driver
24 Sep 2023 8.48pm
Reply to  Mike

No, no. They are not just over zealous car drivers. They are plain arrogant and selfish etc drivers. Worst, what these useless over zealous drivers don’t realize or do not care to want to know is that they cause accidents and death to innocent people. 

But must say there are also now a lot of courteous drivers as well, me included. 

Also when encouraging cycling, naturally there must be proper parking 
spaces. Well, if none, what can be said but poor planning.

Mike
Mike
28 Sep 2023 2.31pm

Courteous Driver
I bet you are one of the limited few drivers who stop for pedestrians at marked yellow zebra crossings.
Just because drivers pay road tax doesn’t mean they are the kings on the road.
This subtle ignorance should be highlighted by Penang Forum to gain public support. Instead, PF chooses to be head on colliding with the authority over reclaimation matter.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.20pm

it is the culture started long ago. Cars are king of road a… They should start with Pedestrian malls in parts of penang. – give way to foot traffic

Ayappan
Ayappan
27 Sep 2023 3.28pm
Reply to  Mike

Lots of gimmick from YB Sim. Cycling path now well received now he convert to walking path. Cycling not well received so he changed tactics try to convince walking.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.22pm
Reply to  Ayappan

he cycles? he walks? Rides a kapcai or drive a car with Yang Berhormat name plate?

Luca
Luca
27 Sep 2023 5.03pm
Reply to  Mike

YB Sim meet his KPI with this?
From cycling to walking?

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Mike
Mike
28 Sep 2023 8.28am
Reply to  Mike

Penang transport authority can learn from Klang Valley mistakes of not to developing last mile connectivity network to improve public transport.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2023/09/28/govt-should-reduce-car-usage-increase-public-transportation-ridersh

YB Sim’s (Bayan Baru) idea can be expanded to cover heritage Penang area so that more locals and tourist can walk in comfort and reduce motor fuel carbon emissions in downtown.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.24pm
Reply to  Mike

who is the Penang Transport Authority? Or just wild wild west ….

luca
luca
20 Oct 2023 7.10am
Reply to  Mike

Watch this clip on cycling network in Singapore:

https://youtube.com/watch?si=FyzOSLbUUGi8uCgQ&v=ZkYNU-VlQ3A&feature=youtu.be

Sim can ‘lawat sambil belajar’ in Singapore?

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.36pm
Reply to  luca

Boon Siew Kapcai originates from Penang – the Lohs? Everyone can fly AA and everyone can use kapcais to LRTs or Trams stops

Mr Wonderful
Mr Wonderful
22 Oct 2023 8.48pm
Reply to  shriek

Mr Shriek
Reduce Penang island cars by 50%, then I can start riding Loh Kapcai again. Otherwise I don’t want to risk my life.

Shriek
Shriek
23 Oct 2023 11.27pm
Reply to  Mr Wonderful

The last mile is not heavy with vehicle. Therefore one can take boon side and help boon side. J

Renée Wilson
Renée Wilson
23 Oct 2023 1.33pm
Reply to  luca

Very good and comprehensive.
Penang can learn from Singapore.

Brocky
Brocky
8 Oct 2023 2.01pm

Addiction to the sweet beverage (Bubble Tea) is a thing and it can be associated with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to researchers from Tsinghua University and Central University of Finance and Economics in China after studying over 5,200 university students in Beijing.

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/bubble-milk-tea-addiction-anxiety-depression-suicide-thoughts-372691

glissantia
glissantia
13 Oct 2023 6.55pm
Reply to  Brocky

You forgot diabetes. Excess glucose from sugar or carbs also gets stored as fat, and this cause other diseases including those of the heart.

luca
luca
15 Oct 2023 6.37am
Reply to  glissantia

Singapore to implement The Nutri-Grade scheme for freshly prepared beverages by the end of 2023. Outlets like coffee shops and bubble tea stalls will be required to include the Nutri-Grade labels on displayed menus, to promote less sugar option.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/siew-dai-could-be-default-option-for-your-morning-kopi-or-teh

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.59pm
Reply to  luca

they have better education and also encourage walking and cycling. Here no edu and gomen encourage cars and kapcais or food pandas.

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.57pm
Reply to  glissantia

Diabetes 2 is due to body insulin is no longer effective, Tummy fat causes high blood pressure and heart problems

Brocky
Brocky
24 Oct 2023 6.10am
Reply to  shriek

Malaysia’s obesity rate among adults aged 18 years and older is 19.7% in 2019.

41% Of Malaysia’s Adults Will Be Obese By 2035.

https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2023/03/03/report-41-of-malaysias-adults-will-be-obese-by-2035/

Niaosen
Niaosen
11 Nov 2023 11.26am
Reply to  shriek

Rice 3 times a day as diet causes sugar spike! Less sugar for Kopi.

dsn
dsn
22 Sep 2023 1.27pm

Efficient connectivity between the straits is critical to bring more glamour to Butterworth, Bagan Ajam and beyond.

CM Chow has on many occasions claimed the future growth of Penang is on the Mainland. So with more readers publicity, islanders will share glamorous prosperity with Mainlanders?

I think senior retirees should explore the mainland food which can be more marvelous in terms of price and portion size!

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.26pm
Reply to  dsn

start with any food map or foot treasure hunt. Until now what has Penang State Tourism been doing. Sleeping hollow.

PCH
PCH
1 Oct 2023 8.19pm
Reply to  shriek

You will shriek with joy if you can get hold of free Penang Food brochure, which the “late” tunlang will be very proud of

Wah Lau Eh!
Wah Lau Eh!
3 Oct 2023 2.22pm
Reply to  PCH

You can check this pdf of Penang Food guide

Penang-Street-Food-English.pdf
https://mypenang.gov.my/uploads/downloads/Penang-Street-Food-English.pdf

Pi Mai
Pi Mai
15 Oct 2023 11.00am
Reply to  Wah Lau Eh!

Lately hawker food getting more expensive, smaller portions less ingredients. What say you, readers?

luca
luca
16 Oct 2023 12.32pm
Reply to  Pi Mai

Taiwan SuperTaste program using RM50 to enjoy Penang hawker food at night:

Hamish
Hamish
18 Oct 2023 1.06pm
Reply to  luca

Locals find it expensive but not tourists.
Now tough on pockets.

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.42pm
Reply to  Hamish

Their money like USD getting stronger but we are still shout ketuan and putras.

Brocky
Brocky
30 Oct 2023 8.28am
Reply to  Hamish

GEORGE TOWN: Hameediyah Restaurant has ceased to serve its meals at RM5 under Menu Rahmah after the cost of ingredients becomes “unbearable”.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/10/30/famed-nasi-kandar-joint-forced-to-drop-affordable-meal

LEO
LEO
3 Nov 2023 1.02pm
Reply to  Brocky

I hope there will be more outlets selling pork nasi kandar in Penang. A new alternative and good competition will help to drive down prices to the delight of consumers.

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.40pm
Reply to  Pi Mai

Not food portions that is smaller but our RM. Our RM is getting smaller than Thai and almost reach RM5 to USD 1. We have to pay more for food imports. 50 sen no more bull cart wheels

luca
luca
9 Nov 2023 7.50am
Reply to  shriek

New Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Penang:
Siam Road Char Koay Teow initiated by octogenarian stalwart Tan Chooi Hong, Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak which is run by three sisters, Penang Road Famous Jin Kor Char Kuey Teow, My Own Café, Hot Bowl White Curry Mee, BM Cathay Pancake, Ghee Lian, Bibik’s Kitchen and Ah Boy Koay Teow Th’ng.

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/living/2023/11/08/michelin-guide-adds-14-new-restaurants-in-kl-and-penang-bib-to-gourmand-list

Brocky
Brocky
23 Oct 2023 7.16pm
Reply to  shriek

This new YouTube video shows Penang trishaw man is a good tour guide to tourists

Armajeet
Armajeet
25 Oct 2023 11.04am
Reply to  Brocky

Penang government must help these trishaw folks as much as they help those fishermen. They are tourism ambassadors of Penang! Good to see the guy could converse in English.

Shriek
Shriek
4 Nov 2023 2.36pm
Reply to  Armajeet

Penang Gomen to arrange training course. If youth can be grab or Uber rider, they can take over when present retired.

PCH
PCH
6 Oct 2023 9.06am

Poor connectivity also happens when Penang Tourism still failing to engage China tourists to bring income to the state?

https://victorlim2016.blogspot.com/2023/10/tourism-penang-malaysia-sleeping-on.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR1MpIM-2SWNS4tBxBVg22MQ23u2jSm0Ag2ZojEs5Uu_GzYILyiomI1Hp7c

shriek
shriek
8 Oct 2023 6.43pm
Reply to  PCH

what has pe nang to offer to chinese? some states cant do this or that. why come and see the same thing at home. LOS is more interesting, more to see, touch and feel.

luca
luca
15 Oct 2023 2.41pm
Reply to  shriek

Penang is a great place for Malaysia Street Food 2023, but not everywhere is open for an early morning meal in Penang. This video will give you options for what to eat for breakfast in Penang, that are available before 9am.

https://youtube.com/watch?si=cRXPu1HDFviuCAdb&v=upEs0hdhDek&feature=youtu.be

What say you, tunglang?

Shirish Manikam
Shirish Manikam
18 Oct 2023 1.45pm
Reply to  luca

Who is tunglang?

Anyway any food talk makes one salivate!

shriek
shriek
22 Oct 2023 12.14am

Unhealthy food can cause bowel cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, strain on the kidneys etc

Luca
Luca
25 Sep 2023 7.07am

Will Budget 2024 finally do away with the fuel subsidy?

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2023/09/25/will-budget-2024-finally-do-away-with-the-fuel-subsidy/

The subsidy is neither fair nor rational. It inadvertently promotes car ownership, thereby raising the usage of private vehicles, resulting in the urban gridlocks that we are accustomed to seeing on our city streets and highways.

Mike
Mike
27 Sep 2023 8.01am
Reply to  Luca

Arrival of affordable and efficient environment friendly e-vehicles will spell doom for continued relevance of traditional fuel motorized vehicles.

It would be another revolution like what smart handphones has done to the demise of many products like SLR cameras etc.

Many who are involved in fuel vehicles industry eg car repair workshops, may have to seek new career opportunities may be as fast as within 3-5 years. Be alert of the impending income shaking landscape.

Luca
Luca
28 Sep 2023 8.22am
Reply to  Mike

Govt should reduce car usage, increase public transport ridership

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2023/09/28/govt-should-reduce-car-usage-increase-public-transportation-ridership/

12 policy initiatives the government can put in place towards developing an efficient and comprehensive public transport system.

Shriek
Shriek
17 Oct 2023 4.59pm
Reply to  Luca

Rakyat has been walking 30 years ago. But under Dr M, he continue to build more roads, highways and cars without consideration for walker. Johnny walker

Renée Wilson
Renée Wilson
23 Oct 2023 1.34pm
Reply to  Luca

Yes, too many cars on the road.

Take public bus please.

Mike
Mike
28 Sep 2023 11.00am
Reply to  Mike

Fuel motorised vehicles cannot be sustained for long ?

http://www.financetwitter.com/2023/09/invasion-of-chinese-electric-vehicles-europe-wants-to-slap-tariffs-but-german-companies-fear-retributions.html

Invasion of China’s electric vehicles already visible in the horizon.

Perhaps readers should delay purchasing new cars for the moment, and try out public transport until electric vehicles become the mainstream choice very soon?

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.36pm
Reply to  Mike

China is shouting reformasi as compare to PKR should decades ago, They are inventing and building sustainable and renewable to reduce smog and pollution but we are inventing ketuan and putras.

luca
luca
17 Oct 2023 7.51am
Reply to  shriek

China’s “BMW” public toilet

https://youtube.com/watch?si=T8lNhQGrgGPm2LkG&v=8AEIMpkD7Bo&feature=youtu.be

A benchmark for Kerajaan Perpaduan.

Jawan
Jawan
27 Sep 2023 12.52pm
Reply to  Luca

Young generation ought to think twice, assume the worst scenario that petrol price may not be subsidised down the road, before buying a car.

Shriek
Shriek
17 Oct 2023 5.00pm
Reply to  Jawan

Buy electric cars. More cars, more roads are required

glissantia
glissantia
27 Sep 2023 7.17pm
Reply to  Luca

As I have mentioned before, the government gets income in many forms, directly and indirectly, from private passenger vehicles. In a way, it is addicted.

shriek
shriek
21 Oct 2023 11.51pm
Reply to  glissantia

Gomen has no $$$ on public transport. Rakyat buy cars and pay tolls and gomen untong. Public transport is just like 60 years ago. No change except no bus conductor. KL transport card is run by touch and go. Blood sucker. if your transport card is not used, they deduct RM5 every 6 months to fill their treasury.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.32pm
Reply to  Luca

PKR should reform – rich or better off are buying and driving cars. Directly subsidising the better off

luca
luca
12 Oct 2023 8.37am
Reply to  shriek

PM Anwar is reviving Ringgit in the upcoming budget?

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Luca
Luca
23 Sep 2023 8.16am

ALOR SETAR: Two almost-perfect statues and an ancient inscription from the Pallava dynasty have been discovered during an archaeological excavation at the Bukit Choras Archaeological Site in Yan.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/09/23/unearthing-more-clues-about-the-pallava-dynasty

Sanusi can bank on archaeo-tourism to bring in tourist dollars to Kedah?

Jawan
Jawan
27 Sep 2023 12.49pm
Reply to  Luca

Need to revamp the school sejarah syllabus to show the significance of Hinduism and Buddhism in Malaya before the Arabs brought in Islam.

Luca
Luca
28 Sep 2023 2.03pm
Reply to  Jawan

Similarly last time we have traditional provision shops and kopitiam. Now such business are slowly and surely been replaced by foreign Family Mart/CU and Starbucks/Zus respectively.

Shin
Shin
30 Sep 2023 11.23am
Reply to  Luca

Spoil market! But young people can spend! Sad! Maybe too much pocket money from rich parents!

Brocky
Brocky
1 Oct 2023 12.00pm
Reply to  Shin

From respective country minimum wage perspective, a US worker can pay for a Starbucks Latte with 15 minutes of work. A Malaysian worker needs to work 1.5 hours to afford a Starbucks Latte here.

We should support our local kopitiam, not those overpriced fancy specialty coffee chains.

Last edited 7 months ago by Brocky
Pi Mai
Pi Mai
15 Oct 2023 11.01am
Reply to  Brocky

Government should impose tax of 10 sen per cup of such specialty coffee. Collect the money to help the poor!

shriek
shriek
15 Oct 2023 11.55pm
Reply to  Pi Mai

10 sen? One day sells 100 cups – only RM10. One month only RM300. How much can RM300 do?

luca
luca
16 Nov 2023 7.20pm
Reply to  shriek

Coffee brand … in Malaysia is fighting against boycott efforts after allegations that its logo and name were derived from the Greek god Zeus. It has a striking logo with the face of a bearded man in white, over a deep blue circle with the words… in a serif font beneath it.

Shriek
Shriek
17 Oct 2023 5.04pm
Reply to  Luca

Young ones are went to uni like AA everyone can fly. Who wants to be shop keepers and have to work long hours 7/11/3

Wah Lau Eh!
Wah Lau Eh!
14 Nov 2023 7.58am
Reply to  Shriek

GEORGE TOWN: Plastic bags and straws remain the most common trash to be found in Penang despite efforts to restrict their use for years.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/13/plastic-waste-aplenty-in-penang

Fardi
Fardi
17 Nov 2023 5.06pm
Reply to  Luca

Support local kopitiam. Local coffee is cheaper and helps the lifelihood of local people. Drink foreign brand money end up repatriated to the franchisors overseas. Ah Huat kopi or Ali Cafe is good enough for locals.

Lao Kung Tze
Lao Kung Tze
15 Nov 2023 2.57pm
Reply to  Jawan

Very laughable for certain people to believe that Lee and Lim are from the same family tree.

Maybe some can assume using the same twisted logic that our football legend Soh Chin Aun is somehow related to Chin Peng?

Brocky
Brocky
8 Oct 2023 2.07pm

How can some cops afford Toyota Alphards, Vellfires, Mercedes, asks top cop

Bukit Aman CID director laments links between some officers and underworld elements

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/99273/how-can-some-cops-afford-toyota-alphards-vellfires-mercedes-asks-top-cop

Inquisitor
Inquisitor
16 Dec 2023 10.42am

GEORGE TOWN: Nothing can be so good that it lasts forever – case in point, Penang’s beloved street murals are nearly gone, victims of the vagaries of the weather.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/16/penang-murals-now-just-shadows-of-their-past

State tourism and creative economy chairman Wong Hon Wai confirmed that plans are afoot to touch up the eroded murals in George Town.

A Rakyat 88
28 Nov 2023 12.25am

“Thailand’s land bridge project will benefit Malaysia, says Anwar”
by FMT Reporters dd 27 Nov 2023, 8:03pm

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/11/27/thailands-land-bridge-project-will-benefit-malaysia-says-anwar/

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How badly will Penang Port be effected. Currently, Thailand is sending a good percentage of its manufactured and raw goods, etc through Penang Port. How about Ocean going ships calling at Port Klang and Johor Ports, etc?

A Rakyat 88
22 Nov 2023 3.56pm

“Too early to gauge impact of Thailand’s proposed land bridge, says Tengku Zafrul” by Benjamin Lee dd Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 1:50 PM MYT

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/22/too-early-to-gauge-impact-of-thailand039s-proposed-land-bridge-says-tengku-zafrul

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“Malaysia’s ports would not necessarily be as heavily affected by the land bridge due to differences in transportation methods. ( What differences )

“While the land bridge will allow cargo to bypass Malaysia, this will likely bring about its own pros and cons. ( What kind of pros and cons )

“At the end of the day, you will still need to do both land and sea,” he said.

A Rakyat 88
22 Nov 2023 3.56pm

>>> Still, what kind of impact will it have on our land and sea – transportation business, etc. If no idea, please have a dialogue with our shipping people. 

Also it is not too early to gauge what kind of impact it will have on our economy. Remember, ” Forewarned is Forearmed ” In this proposed land bridge, if materializes, Thailand has an advantage and for China, a bargaining chip to its advantage and some others too.

A Rakyat 88
21 Nov 2023 11.43pm

“Nothing to worry about, says Loke on Thai land bridge idea”
by Lynelle Tham – 21 Nov 2023, 7:20pm

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/11/21/nothing-to-worry-about-says-loke-on-thai-land-bridge-idea/

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“Loke also said the idea for the land bridge had been talked about for many years but nothing had materialised.”

>>> But what if this time it does, under their current PM?

“Malaysia is also building one, which is the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) between the Straits of Melaka and the South China Sea,” he said.”

>>> Well, its usage may or can be greatly reduced, what then?

A Rakyat 88
18 Nov 2023 1.33pm

“Thailand takes US$28bil plan to bypass Melaka Strait to US”
by Bloomberg dd 15 Nov 2023, 1:35pm

“Thai prime minister Srettha Thavisin tells investors in San Francisco that the project can cut travel time by an average of four days and lower shipping costs by 15%.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/11/15/thailand-takes-us28bil-plan-to-bypass-melaka-straits-to-us/

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How will this project impact our Malaysian ports and by that our economy and foreign investments, etc etc etc?

A Rakyat 88
16 Nov 2023 10.22am

“High prices and spread of extremist religious ideologies ailing Langkawi, says Tourism Minister” by Justin Zack dd Wednesday, 15 Nov 20239:54 PM MYT https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/15/high-prices-and-spread-of-extremist-religious-ideologies-ailing-langkawi-says-tourism-minister ======== If one wants certain rules to be followed, might as well put up proper signs on rules and regulations and cost of staying, at the entrance of seaports and airports. This will help both for local and foreign tourist, to understand and know what to do and how to follow. This way we can avoid any kind of arguments and finger pointing on the issue.  If one must know it is the tourist prerogative, if they… Read more »

A Rakyat 88
16 Nov 2023 10.22am

Meanwhile, note the difference below,

“A place to get away from it all” by Yee Xiang Yun dd Thursday, 16 Nov 2023

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/16/a-place-to-get-away-from-it-all

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We are living in the same country, are we not? 

As for Penang, our Pearl of the Orient, an island with mainland, sandy beaches, green hills and heritage sites, where anywhere you stand there are delicious food, accommodations and transport and no unnecessary restrictions except that we wish ” tourists will be mindful about cleanliness, avoid littering and refrain from discarding trash into the sea”

Otherwise, enjoy yourselves to your hearts content and come again.

PCH
PCH
26 Oct 2023 12.18pm

Mr Anil should let his interns to run this blog so as to be relevant with fast changing landscape we are in now. Just a suggestion.
At same time, change the title to fans_of_anilnetto.com to avoid legal implications should there be unfortunately

A Rakyat 88
18 Oct 2023 1.35pm

“‘Topless Tony’ in AirAsia meeting ruffles internet’s feathers”
BY The Vibes Team dd 17 Oct 2023 9:00PM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/99458/topless-tony-in-airasia-meeting-ruffles-internets-feathers

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“Business as usual for Capital A CEO while getting shirtless massage”

This is what we call, taking a cooperate meeting to a whole new lower level. It is after all a low cost airline, right. So, suck it up and take it for what it is.

luca
luca
19 Oct 2023 6.35pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Tony is trying to deflect attention to this bad news:

AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) suffered a setback on Thursday in its attempt to get itself uplifted from its Practice Note 17 (PN17) status. AAX said Bursa Securities had rejected the airline’s application for proposed relief and PN17 upliftment.

A Rakyat 88
20 Oct 2023 7.19pm
Reply to  luca

That makes sense, the shirt off his back, the future taking place now. Maybe, He he.

Urbanite
1 Oct 2023 10.10pm

“Netizens fry Anwar for ‘poor performance’ at dialogue with influential US think tank” by MalaysiaNow dd September 30, 2023 12:39 PM

https://www.malaysianow.com/news/2023/09/30/netizens-fry-anwar-for-poor-performance-at-dialogue-with-influential-us-think-tank

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When put to test in international waters? Pity all those clueless supporters. Still in clueless land ? Never mind, its their clueless rights.

Brocky
Brocky
8 Oct 2023 1.56pm
Reply to  Urbanite

Anwar In New York where he was asked what he would do about the brain-drain

shriek
shriek
8 Oct 2023 6.49pm
Reply to  Urbanite

You expect to continue to write letters in Bahasa to US government and PAS religious to be head of enviro. You are more clueless.

A Driver
29 Sep 2023 4.08pm

“Never put your feet up on the dashboard” dd Friday, 29 Sep 2023 3:00 PM MYT

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/living/2023/09/29/never-put-your-feet-up-on-the-dashboard

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Have seen many times such display on our local roads. Besides being dangerous, in Asian context, such display of arrogance and foolishness is disrespectful to other road users.

A Rakyat 88
20 Oct 2023 10.13am

“Fencing around eatery raises ire of residents” By Bavani M dd Friday, 20 Oct 2023 https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2023/10/20/fencing-around-eatery-raises-ire-of-residents ======== What utter rubbish reasoning is this. What about the safety of the pedestrians? Is that not the reason why five foot ways are factored in building planning, for the pedestrian to have a safe passage way to walk safely along the street. “A DBKL spokesperson said such obstructions were illegal and have informed our Enforcement Department about the matter and are waiting for their feedback” What!! What fishy kinda answer is this, ” waiting for their feedback” when the spokesperson has already said… Read more »

shriek
shriek
22 Oct 2023 12.05am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

DBKL – what you expect from them? Their operating $$$ is more than Penang state. KL is a gold mine

A Rakyat 88
20 Oct 2023 10.13am

What is happening there, can happen here too and for that matter, anywhere and everywhere else in our Nation. Greedy business people, lustful for extra money will copy what other business people do and will compromise ethics and morality to get it.

That is why we have the Law, its rules and regulations to follow. Guidance and enforcers of the law, please take note. That is your job, your duty and responsibility.

shriek
shriek
22 Oct 2023 12.09am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

KL has warlords. Here any warlords? During Gilakan, there are so many land and the land is good – not on hill slopes. They sell or give land freely.

Brocky
Brocky
23 Oct 2023 6.02pm
Reply to  shriek

Penang may not have warlord, but it has a call centre managing international online prostitution business, raking in up to RM1 million in profits a month.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/10/22/penang-call-centre-with-links-to-vice-activities-in-australia-busted/

Joe Public
25 Oct 2023 1.16pm
Reply to  Brocky

“Penang can be Asean hub for legal services: Jagdeep” by Ian McIntyre
dd 25 Oct 2023 11:33AM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/business/99602/penang-can-be-asean-hub-for-legal-services-jagdeep

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“Penang can become a hub for legal services in Southeast Asia in view of the state’s INCREASINGLY growing stature for the manufacturing and services industries.”

Geremy
Geremy
12 Oct 2023 1.18pm

Any wish list for budget tomorrow, Mr Anil?
GST? Less subsidy?

luca
luca
13 Oct 2023 9.24am
Reply to  Geremy

Under Budget 2022, RM31 billion was set aside for subsidies but by the end of the year, nearly RM80 billion had been given away, the highest amount ever spent on subsidies in a single year.

Under Budget 2023, the government raised the portion for subsidies to RM55 billion but indications are that a lot more will have been spent before the year is out.

Budget 2024?

A Rakyat 88
14 Oct 2023 8.39am
Reply to  luca

“Devotees to pay more for veg this year” by K.Kasturi Dewi 
dd Saturday, 14 Oct 2023

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/10/14/devotees-to-pay-more-for-veg-this-year

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Yap, they give high figures like 81 billion used for subsidies but you can see
the price of goods and services or the cost of living keeps going up despite the fact. They don’t explain why this is so.

luca
luca
15 Oct 2023 6.32am
Reply to  Geremy

Budget 2024: Targeted subsidies will be introduced in phases from next year onwards. These include subsidies for electricity and diesel. The savings will then be channelled to increase the cash aid given under the Rahmah Cash Aid scheme (STR), with the allocation increased from RM8 billion to RM10 billion in total.

shriek
shriek
28 Sep 2023 9.13pm

penang sentral is a transport hub. Transport hub is for taxis, cars, buses, ferries and api. Passengers dont walk up to upper floors and then walk down to respective floors to take. Those come by cars have to go up like overhead bridge. Otherwise the cars can jam buses trying to enter or exit the hub on the ground floor.