This Christmas season is leaving independent journalist Anil Netto with a severe hangover. Not from the bubbly but because his poor head is simply spinning from the dizzying pace of ‘development’ projects taking place in his Penang hometown. Cukup pening bah.
And if he were alive today, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore would pengsan terus at “the manifest greed on display in Penang”, complains Anil. “Pure, unadulterated greed”. Sad.
Sad that the greedy bastards are grinding down chirpy Anil — the word ‘anil’ அணில் btw means (bright-eyed and bushy-tailed) squirrel in Tamil.
Dapsters getting the greedy developers they voted for
… courtesy of the Developers Arselicker Party they elected.
“For the next couple of decades, much of Penang Island – and even its surrounding waters – would be turned into a massive construction site. The scale of ‘development’ – or rather degradation – is simply mind-boggling. And the haste – it is as if there is no tomorrow,” Anil grumbled in his blog on Dec 23.
Pakistan Harapan is giving Penangites several expensive Christmas presents which some of their own voters like Anil are not that happy about receiving, to wit:
• A mystery gift that could possibly be island No.4 located – refer green circle on Penang Structure Plan map – in the southeast of the state
The creation of artificial islands Nos.1-3 is already causing eco warriors to tear their hair worrying about environmental degradation resulting from the mega project (below). The three islands planned on reclaimed land, combined, will be bigger than Forest City in Johor.
Penangites the most brainwashed population in M’sia
“Some might think all these projects are for ‘development’ ,” Anil wrote. “In reality, these projects are mainly about property development and construction contracts that would reap enormous profits and dividends for the boys.”
[Helen’s comment: And Penang – where the most avid and rabid DAP fans reside – actually voted in GE12, GE13 and GE14 against their economic self-interest and wellbeing. Must be something in the Penang water that addles their brain.]
And there are more Christmas glad tidings:
• Plan for yet another 300 acres of reclamation – err, for luxury seaside hotels (?) – not far from the Tanjung Bungah floating mosque
• A housing complex in Batu Maung which Anil hears could be cramming thousands – even as many as 18 in each unit – migrant workers into 800 square foot flats
• RM100 million cable car going up to boring-really-nothing-to-do Penang Hill; there is already the funicular train that left 900 passengers stranded when its service broke down Saturday night (see news report above). The Agong who was on a short holiday in Penang also weighed in on the incident.
[Helen: Why build a new cable car when you can’t even properly maintain the existing funicular railway?]
• RM55 million underpass at Mount Erskine “just to move the traffic jam one kilometre down the road” (the words in quotes uttered last month by Consumers Association of Penang president Mohideen Abdul Kader)
Making hay all the way to 2030 ‘Shared Prosperity’ day
“What we have here, folks, is greed. Pure unadulterated greed. Much of this $$$ will be generated by ursurping and monetising the Commons (that rightfully belongs to the public – the hills, the seas and the fish therein) for private gain,” Anil groused.
The poet Tagore “had a deep insight into the human predisposition for greed almost a century ago when he gazed at Penang,” Anil continued. “The kind of greed that Penangite Jho Low would have imbibed as he grew up”.
A same kind of greed is prompting developers who are keen to build high end housing on Penang’s soon-to-be reclaimed islets. Penang could see an influx of hundreds of thousands of new residents in the near future.
“Where are those 446,000 people on the three artificial islands (and tens of thousands more in the other reclamation projects) coming from?” asked Anil. “Well-heeled buyers from China, Hong Kong and Singapore?”
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Lim Guan Eng — the best friend a developer could have
Even on Christmas eve the born again clansmen of our Penang evangelistas are kicking up street rallies in Hong Kong. While other people are out shopping, the Honkies are out clashing with police.
These Hallelujah-singing people obviously need a new stomping ground. But wait! … Remember the luxury property overhang in Penang?
Do you recall the beloved Finance Minister recently announcing that foreigners will be able to buy the glut of condos at a floor price of only RM600,000? A Budget to delight developers, indeed.
Now the well-heeled emigres from Hong Kong can easily come to Penang and buy all ‘em empty condos. Welcome cousins.
And merry Christmas and a greedy new year to the rest of you folks!