News: Penang Forum Calls for Review of Large-Scale Reclamation Projects

May 17, 2018

Penang Forum has called on elected representatives to set aside their party and personal interests and work together for the empowerment of the people.

A coalition of some 20 non-governmental organisations, the forum looks forward to having a dialogue session with the state government to discuss pressing development issues.

Notably, the forum believes there is an urgent need to re-evaluate environmentally damaging large-scale reclamation plans as well as review the Penang Transport Master Plan.

It noted that the destruction of the environment should be put to a stop and start rehabilitation of hillslopes and coasts which have been compromised, neglected or destroyed.

“We need to rely less on property development as an engine to drive the Penang economy,” it said while congratulating the newly appointed Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“Instead, we should focus on building more affordable housing for the people and raise the quality of life through the provision of adequate open green spaces.”

The forum also called on the Federal and state governments to “tackle urban and rural poverty to overcome the wide socio-economic disparities in society”.

Image sourced from Penang Forum

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