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Penang in mindless development mode because of a mindless chief minister

That is true, true, true….The third submarine tunnel proposal is truly a mindless idea from Lim Guan Eng.

Batu Feringghi used to have foreign land atmosphere as described by a friend who first visited Penang about 10 year ago. But, the hills along the coastal road in Batu Feringghi is almost bald nowadays with tons of high rise apartment projects are under construction.

NGOs not happy with ‘mindless development’

GEORGE TOWN: Penang may have been named one of Asia’s most liveable cities, but two non-governmental organisations here beg to differ.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) argued that Penang was becoming unliveable due to “mindless development”.

“The kind of development that is taking place leaves no space for conservation,” said S.M. Mohamed Idris, who is president of both NGOs.

He claimed that hills were being destroyed while in places like Tanjung Tokong, the sea was being polluted by reclamation.

Yesterday, a small group of CAP and SAM members staged a 15-minute peaceful protest outside the construction site of a hillslope housing project in Bukit Gambier ahead of World Environment Day today.

Speaking to reporters later, Idris said the current number of high-rise developments was unnecessary.

“Based on our observations, we estimate that 40% to 50% of high-rise units in Penang are unoccupied,” he said.

He urged the Federal Government, state government and local authorities to halt all hillslope projects and gazette forests and mangrove areas as permanent forest reserves.

“Coastal reclamation and aquaculture activities in Penang have also contributed to the destruction of the natural coastal ecosystem. Approximately 70% of mangrove forests in the state have been destroyed by development projects.

“All these threats to the environment have led to at least 40 species of river and marine life to be endangered or extinct,” Idris said.

When contacted, state Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said: “We appreciate their concerns. I hope we can work together and that they provide us with their insight and help.”

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KKK says:

under-achievers who earn little are always envious of the rich people who can afford houses in penang.

also, if www15 is over rm25K just for a car plate, what’s wrong if someone can afford a luxury home ?

nkkhoo says:

Too wide income gap will create chaos in any where. This is a human social culture you shall learn first.

Freddy says:

Those who want wealth equality can consider socialist option:

http://partisosialis.org/