Monday, September 30, 2019

Let's Get to Know Sungai Kelian - 3 Sunday Mornings of Public Activities



Nov 3, 10, 17 - Three Sundays mornings of getting to know our Sungai Kelian!

Penang Forum, through Penang Hills Watch, is involved in the second of the River Awareness Campaign, focussing on Sg Kelian in Tanjung Bungah this year. (Will be asking later for volunteers to help.)

Three public events will be held:

EVENT 1: 03 Nov 2019 (Sunday) 09:00-13:00 hrs
Tanjung Bungah market
(https://goo.gl/maps/ob6bw5Zfpn46aEzC9)

EVENT 2: 10 Nov 2019 (Sunday) 08:00-12:30 hrs
Fishermen Community Hall, Tanjung Bungah beach front
(https://goo.gl/maps/uMdUhmRN2LJyHY8H8))

EVENT 3: 17 Nov 2019 (Sunday) 08:30-12:30 hrs
Tanah Lapang Lintang Lembah Permai 2
(https://goo.gl/maps/Rdggx1RKLR2RRyu9A)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

TBRA CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO STOP METAL POLLUTION IN PENANG’S NORTH COAST SEAS


PRESS RELEASE 11 MAY 2019

TBRA CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO STOP METAL POLLUTION IN PENANG’S NORTH COAST SEAS

The Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association is very alarmed and expresses deep concerns over the findings of very high levels of heavy metals in the sea waters off Tanjung Bungah as well as the Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang.
According to a report in the media today, very high levels of nickel have been found with concentrations as high as 944% higher than normal levels in the sea off the Penang National Park.
According to studies done by Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), high levels of lead were also found (above 184% of normal levels) while cadmium was 32% higher than normal.
These findings are highly alarming and have been found along the island’s north coast since last month and may be causing the death to marine life, according to Professor Datuk Dr. Aileen Tan of CEMACS.
According to media reports, Prof. Tan has alerted the authorities, including the Department of Environment and the Fisheries Department over the findings but the source of the pollution has not been determined.
Since no industrial activity and development is allowed in the Penang National Park, Prof. Tan is quoted as saying that “the only logical explanation for this pollution is that passing ships could be dumping something,” which may have been going on for sometime now, given the high levels of the metals.
TBRA echoes the concerns raised by CEMACS and we call on the Penang State Government to convene an emergency task force with all the relevant authorities involved, to address the source of the heavy metal pollution and take all necessary measures to stop the pollution, including in alerting and warning the public about the dangers of swimming in such waters.
The north coast seas of Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah are popular swimming sites for both local and foreign tourists, the public is totally in the dark about the pollution.
Nickel, cadmium and lead are highly toxic heavy metals and are dangerous to humans and marine life, and it is indeed worrying that no action appears to have been taken thus far, despite the high levels of pollution found.
The Federal and State authorities must act urgently to stop the pollution of our seas and safeguard and protect both public health and the destruction of the marine life.

Ms. Meena Raman,
Chairperson,
Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association

PDF copy

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Notice AGM - TBRA - 2019 May 4

Notice AGM - TANJONG BUNGA RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Dear Members and friends of TBRA,

Our Association will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting on

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019
Venue: Meeting Room (Boardroom) 1 st floor
Tanjong Bunga Market, 11200 Penang
Time: 3 pm
(if you are not a life member please come at 2:30 to settle annual
payment of membership fees. We’ll be there to make it easy !)

Agenda:

a) To receive the Chair’s address;
b) To confirm the minutes of the previous General Meeting;
c) To receive and adopt the Annual Report 2018 – April 2019;
d) To receive and adopt the Audited Statement of Accounts by the
Treasurer;
e) To elect office bearers and auditors;
f) To consider any resolution of which written notice should be given
to the Secretary at least seven (7) clear days prior to the meeting;
g) To discuss matters of general interest; Enjoy refreshments.

Please do attend !

TBRA Annual Report 2018


TBRA Annual Report 2018

The following activities were carried out during the year:
  1. TBRA Committee Meetings - The TBRA Committee met 7 times and also consulted frequently by WhatsApp and email.
  2. Penang Island Structure Plan - TBRA gave our feedback on the proposed draft of the draft Structure Plan. We also insisted on being called for the hearings and made our presentation to the Committee that heard feedback from CSOs.
  3. North Coast Paired Road (NCPR) - This planned double lane road from Teluk Bahang to Lemba Permai is feared to open up access to virgin hill land high above the sea which will be attractive for real estate companies to construct luxury highrises and/or villas.
    The carrot to make people accept the road is that it would shorten the driving time to and from Batu Ferringhi (only by 10 to 15 minutes) and be a backup for the coastal road. TBRA thinks that not enough alternatives have been examined and the ecological damage would be too much.
TBRA has been making statements in the media regarding this and is also applying for the 59 conditions to be made public; they were attached to the conditional approval by the Department of Environment.
  1. Letter to ADUN Zairul. The Zenith company had held one information session for Tanjong Bungah back in Nov. 2016. In Nov. 2018, TBRA requested Zairul to arrange for a public townhall session regarding the NCPR EIA report which had just come out – he replied that it would happen but that was 6 months ago; nothing happened and we are disappointed.
  2. PMTP the Penang Master Transport Plan and the Penang South Reclamation project worries many Penangites. Together with Penang Forum and other R.A.s, TBRA spent a lot of time on advocacy and protest. We also wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister appealing to him to intervene in reviewing the PSR and the PTMP. Our letter was well publicised in the media.
  3. PIL1 (Pan Island Link 1) took up joint efforts. The WhatsApp Groups on these issues became huge with messages all the time, hundreds per day. There were at least 8 Public meetings in August and September 2018. Also street demonstrations like a protest on Mon. 6 August at the opening of the State Assembly. Many people, banners, posters. Our chair, Meena, was a frequent speaker. Aside from PIL1 (just approved), other questionable projects are the LRT, the 3 islands to be reclaimed, the undersea tunnel (funding now under MACC investigation) and 3 Paired Roads of which the NCPR is the one that worries us most. The hope now is to see the MACC stop the tunnel. This would delay the NCRP as it is one part of a 3 highway /one tunnel project by the Zenith company. We also submitted our feedback to the PIL 1 EIA and have issued several press statements in this regard.
  4. Granito Commission of Inquiry - TBRA took an active part in the COI and sat through the entire hearings and was allowed to cross-examine all the witnesses. This took a lot of time with our Chair and her assistant completely involved in the case. We have also been invited to provide our submissions to the COI after the conclusion of the hearings. We have just done that and look forward to some very good findings and recommendations. In the meanwhile, works seem to have re-started. Also, there are miniature Granito towers at Tesco advertising to sell apartments. TBRA is writing to MBPP to ask why this is allowed because the Commission of Inquiry has still not presented its findings.
  5. Sungai Ara (vs Sunway) Appeal: TBRA supported the Sg Ara residents in their case in the Court of Appeal as the outcome of the hearing has significant ramifications for planning law in the country, especially as regards developments on hill-lands. We are awaiting the outcome of the appeal.
  6. Kampung matters. – Trying to help residents who have often spent generations in a house but do not own the land it is built on. They risk eviction and need to get organised for alternative housing. TBRA Cttee members have spent hours listening and advising kampung people. Doing that we notice many residents, also in condos, have no idea of the NCPR or of other State plans (like the widening of Sungai Kelian Road, right in the heart of TG Bunga). We could spend days doing advocacy. (But all volunteers; no time.)
  7. ROS and TBRA Rules and Regulations:
    Reporting to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) must now be done online and is a lengthy, complicated and frustrating job. We need to get approval for the new Committee members as well as approval of the amended TBRA Rules & Regulations (R&R). The amendments had been adopted by the 2018 AGM and were approved (over time) by ROS. However, the ROS requested that we align our Rules & Regulations to the ROS template, so it is easier for them to check and approve. This was done. The content was not changed, only the layout. The final text was submitted to ROS and approved.
At this AGM, we will have copies available of the ROS approved R&R. As the content of the R&R has not changed since the amendments approved by the AGM last year, there is no need for the AGM to approve them again. They will be circulated for information.
  1. TBRA’s Sore Thumb to finally become a Coastal Park? There is a video of Lim Guan Eng announcing that by December 2018 this park would be available. “A Pocket Park for Tanjong Bunga”: The video was taken before the 2018 elections at the Sore Thumb with YB Chow and others around (but TBRA was not invited and the whole video scene was wrapped up in 2 or 3 hours - before anyone could intrude). We considered it an election gimmick… However, we have since found out that an embarrassing problem has stopped any action to begin. Apparently, government access to the Thumb has been blocked because the right-of-way to the park has been given away. Probably to One Tanjong. The office dealing with this conundrum is the CMI = Chief Minister Incorporated. It will need to sort out legal obligation versus public promise.
  2. Welcome to Tanjong Bunga; Repainting mural in front of Mercure Hotel: The Mural was done in 2009 and the paint is peeling off. Last year TBRA asked the Four Points Hotel to help repaint but they had budget problems. The Mercure wants to get Arts school students to repaint but has promised TBRA to keep to the historical purpose which had to do with TB being in Secondary Corridor with lower density.
  3. Sungai Kelian and other rivers Batu Ferringhi side: There is a proposal to do a study of the rivers. TBRA agrees to participate in the study.

    TBRA is the only registered body representing Tanjong Bunga residents. To be effective we need public support and commitment to help preserve quality of life in Tanjong Bunga.
TBRA 17-4-2019

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Feedback on DRSNPP 2030 (Penang Structural Plan Draft 2030) from TBRA


Persatuan Penduduk Tanjong Bunga Pulau Pinang (1469-05-3)
(Tanjong Bunga Residents’ Association Penang)
c/o No. 11, Jalan Oldham, Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Pulau Pinang


19 Nov 2018

TUAN TPR HJ IDRIS BIN ABDUL RAHIM
Pengarah PLANMalaysia @ Pulau Pinang (JPBD),
Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Negeri Pulau Pinang,
Tingkat 57, Komtar,
10000, Pulau Pinang.
                                                                                                                     
Dear Sir,

RE: FEEDBACK (MAKLUMBALAS) ON THE DRSNPP 2030
FROM TANJUNG BUNGAH RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (TBRA)

I provide this feedback on the DRSNPP 2030 on behalf of the Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association (TBRA).
While this letter does not comprehensively address the errors and flaws in the DRSNPP 2030, we list our main concerns which lead us to the conclusion that: THE DRSNPP 2030 MUST GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND BE THOROUGHLY REVISED, FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING REASONS.

  1. WRONG PROJECTION OF POPULATION IN PENANG
The DRSNPP 2030 has been planned and designed based on a highly questionable average annual population growth rate of 2.52% (page A-5) for 2014 to 2030, even higher than Selangor’s average. No concrete analysis or explanation is given as to how this figure is arrived at.
In fact, the previous RSNPP 2020 projection of 1.9%, as per Department of Statistics Malaysia’s (DOSM) data, has continued to fall short year after year. The trend has been confined within a small margin of 0.9% to 1.5% (2014 and 2017), as crude birth rate has been decreasing and the crude death rate has been increasing in Penang.
Data from DOSM (in Nov 2016) showed that the annual population growth rate for the country decreasing from 1.8 per cent (2010) to 0.8 per cent (2040).
Hence, the growth rate figure of 2.52% for Penang in the DRSNPP 2030 is seriously questionable and unacceptable and has to be justified further, if it is to be relied on.
Data from the DOSM shows that Penang is projected to have a population of 1.98 million people in 2030 and not 2.45 million as projected in the DRSNPP.
We are concerned that the over-projection of population growth mainly serves to provide a justification for the sheer scale of proposed projects like the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). The unrealistic projected ridership for the Penang LRT at 42 million per year (116,000 per day) during its first year of operations and the unrealistic projection of 300,000 population on the 3 proposed reclaimed islands appear to be justified using this flawed population projection. 

 
  1. OPPOSED TO TANJUNG BUNGAH AREA CLASSIFIED AS MAIN DEVELOPMENT AREA (PEMBAGUNAN UTAMA)
In the 2020 RSNPP, the Tanjung Bungah-Telok Bahang area was classified as being in the secondary corridor (‘koridor pembangunan sekunder’), with only low-medium density development allowed (see DSU 5 L1). A density of 15 units per acre for general housing/low density housing of 6 units per acre was specified in the 2020 RSNPP.
However, in practice many developments of high density have been allowed in the Tanjung Bungah area, despite the concerns of some residential communities and TBRA, over what we believe to be violations of the RSNPP density limits. This has resulted in too many high-rise developments, much of which are not occupied and a scarring of the landscape in this tourist belt.
We are extremely concerned that in the new DRSNPP 2030, the Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang areas (except for the ‘hutan simpan kekal’) are marked in Rajah 14, as ‘kawasan pembangunan keutamaan 1,’ similar to other areas in Penang which were in the primary corridor with no restrictions under the 2020 RSNPP.
We are aware that no density limits are specified in the DRSNPP 2030, but we are nevertheless concerned that the limits placed in the Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang belt under the RSNPP 2020 have been completely removed.
  • We are firmly opposed to high-density developments in the Tanjung-Bungah-Teluk Bahang area and stress that there is need in the DRSNPP to place restrictions on development in this area and to not remove the primary and secondary corridor classification which is present in the RSNPP 2020.
  • We call the reinstatement of such classification and for the Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang area to be under the secondary corridor classification, with limits to density as set out in the RSNPP 2020. There is no justification for the removal of such restrictions.

  1. NEED FOR MORE PROTECTION OF HILL LANDS
We welcome the DSP 5.1.3 to enforce the guidelines for the protection and control of hill land cutting.
However, the previous RSNPP 2020 restricted development on hill sites at/above 76 meters OR at/above 25 gradient but the current DRSNPP 2030 only restricts development on hill sites at/above 76 meters AND at/above 25 gradient.
The word ‘AND’ effectively means that BOTH criteria must exist concurrently for this restriction to apply. We cannot allow the loosening of restrictions following the lessons from the Granito Landslide Tragedy of 2017 and the Bukit Kukus Landslide Tragedy of 2018.
  • The DRSNPP 2030 must be amended to ensure that the word ‘dan’ (and) in clause L 5.1.3.1 be amended and substituted with the word ‘atau’ (or), to ensure that the restrictions are not weakened from the previous 2020 RSNPP. In other words, so long as the lands are above 76 m or at a 25 degree gradient, no development should be allowed.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Arguments about Penang Transport Master Plan

Roger Teoh, 2018-Jul-30
The projected ridership numbers for the Penang LRT are highly unrealistic and will likely be missed by a significant margin.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/07/30/is-the-srs-transport-master-plan-headed-for-financial-trouble/ (archive)

Urban Regeneration Architect, 2018-Aug-10
I welcome the series of opinions in FMT by Lim Mah Hui and Ahmad Hilmy, which are not only thought provoking but educational. Halcrow is a major global transport consulting firm with worldwide experience. ... Do we know what the LRT pricing is yet? Would it serve the general working class public? The state has made many statements about transport, even taking over the loss-making ferry service. But is it planning to do it now? After all, Prasarana is under the finance ministry. ... I ask that we be very careful about starting with the PTMP. Concepts like the Bus Rapid Transit system have been used in modern cities where commuters have actually benefited so much more in terms of cost and end-to-end timing compared to big boys’ toys like MRTs and LRTs.
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/08/10/why-we-need-an-updated-independent-review-of-the-ptmp/

Lim Mah Hui & Ahmad Hilmy, 2018-Jul-24
On May 16, 2018, the vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT-M), Rosli Khan, called for a review of mega-projects such as the ECRL, the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail and the Penang Undersea Tunnel, arguing that these do not reflect a high level of economic benefits. On the last project, Rosli said, “The Penang Tunnel will induce more car travel and will lead to massive traffic gridlocks in Penang Island, a very damaging environmental impact to such a liveable heritage city.”
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1655356/need-to-relook-at-the-penang-transport-master-plan-lim-mah-hui-and-ahmad-hi (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Jul-27
Not many people realise how distorted the current version of the PTMP undertaken by a Gamuda-led corporate consortium is from the original PTMP adopted by the Penang state government in March 2013.
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1655795/how-srs-penang-transport-master-plan-deviates-from-the-original-ahmad-hilmy (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Jul-30
Some state governments have awarded mega projects based on RFP and claimed that they are open tenders. We need to distinguish clearly between the two, as they are not the same or even equivalent. The two terms should not be used interchangeably. In open tenders, all parties bid based on the same specifications provided by a client. The award is given to the bidder with the lowest price, with everything else being equal. However, in an RFP, a client does not provide a standard detailed plan nor technical specifications for a project for parties to bid on. Often, the client only has an approximate idea of a project they desire. They then call for a tender in the form of an RFP, leaving bidders to submit different proposals for the client to select. No two proposals submitted under an RFP are similar. Hence, there is no standard yardstick to evaluate the different proposals.
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1657137/request-for-proposal-rfp-is-not-open-tender-ahmad-hilmy-and-lim-mah-hui (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Aug-01
Why does Penang need to rush to have the 7.2km undersea tunnel project when the original Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) officially adopted by the state government clearly states that it is not an urgent priority? Why this haste when the survey of Penang’s traffic volume by UK-based engineering consultant Halcrow showed that cross-channel traffic in 2011 accounted for only 7 percent of total state traffic during peak hours? The first draft by Halcrow that was presented sometime at the end of 2012 to the Penang Transport Council (of which one of this article’s authors, Lim Mah Hui, was a member) showed the undersea tunnel may only be needed towards 2030. However for some reason, in the final draft in 2013, Halcrow brought the date forward to 2025.
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1658080/why-bulldoze-through-the-penang-tunnel-project-ahmad-hilmy-and-lim-mah-hui (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Aug-03
What has not been aptly explained is why the state has chosen the LRT which is not only much more expensive to build but also costlier to operate and maintain, compared to alternatives such as a tram or BRT (bus rapid transit) system. Curiously enough, the state is insistent on pursuing the LRT project even though the tram and BRT were recommended in the original PTMP designed after a meticulous study by UK-based engineering consultant Halcrow.
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1658809/why-bulldoze-through-the-penang-tunnel-project-ahmad-hilmy-and-lim-mah (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Aug-06
Penang Forum is not opposed to a transport master plan. On the contrary, some members of Penang Forum had initiated and recommended to the newly-formed Pakatan Rakyat government in 2008 of the need for a comprehensive transport master plan for Penang; following which a Penang Transport Council was established by the state government. Several Penang Forum members were appointed to sit on the council.. Below is a summary of the major reasons Penang Forum has called for an independent review of the PTMP.
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1659553/why-penang-should-commission-an-independent-review-lim-mah-hui-and-ahmad-hi (archive) Link2 Link3

Ahmad Hilmy dan Lim Mah Hui, 2018-Aug-01
Kenapa Pulau Pinang perlu tergesa-gesa menjalankan projek terowong bawah laut 7.2km apabila Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang (PTMP) yang diterima pakai kerajaan negeri secara rasmi dengan jelas menyatakan ia bukan keutamaan yang mendesak? Mengapa ada kekalutan ini, apabila tinjauan jumlah lalu lintas Pulau Pinang oleh Halcrow, perunding kejuruteraan dari United Kingdom menunjukkan lalu lintas rentas selat pada 2011 menyumbang hanya 7% daripada jumlah lalu lintas negeri pada waktu puncak?
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/08/01/mengapa-gelojoh-laksana-projek-terowong-pulau-pinang/ (archive)

Predeep Nambiar, 2018-Aug-08
A PKR assemblyman today raised an objection to the state’s plans to build more roads and a proposed undersea tunnel and said the focus should instead be on improving public transport services.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/08/hold-referendum-on-undersea-tunnel-says-penang-pkr-rep/ (archive)

david tan, 2018-Jul-21
The proposed 19.5km Pan-Island Link I (PIL I) from Gurney Drive to the airport will stimulate interest in property investments once more in Penang and boost the value of properties in strategic locations. Zeon Properties chief executive officer Leon Lee said the proposed highway, a component of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), runs along Gurney Drive, Gottlieb Road, Penang City Park, Bukit Bendera, Paya Terubong, Sungai Ara, Bukit Gedung and Sungai Kluang.
https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/07/21/adding-value-to-property-prices-highway-project-from-gurney-drive-to-airport-a-boost-to-property-mar/ (archive)

arnold loh and n. trisha, 2018-Aug-11
“We are confused. In 2002, when Chow was in the Opposition, he stood with us against PORR. Now that he is Chief Minister, we are seeing PORR reborn as PIL 1 (Pan Island Link 1),” said Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association chair­man and Sahabat Alam Malaysia secretary Meenakshi Raman.
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/11/residents-why-the-uturn-on-highway-cm/ (archive)

Audrey Dermawan, 2018-Aug-10
Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) chair Meenakshi Raman, who likened the PIL 1 as an extension of the PORR, said she and many other present today had opposed the PORR when it was first announced. “We have always been consistent with our stand. How could something not good back then, be good today?
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/399985/penangites-slam-chow-backpedalling-traffic-management-stance (archive)

DAP Penang chairman and Member of Parliament for Tanjung Chow Kon Yeow, 2002-Jun-15
https://dapmalaysia.org/all-archive/English/2002/jun02/bul/bul1655.htm
http://archiving-news.blogspot.com/2018/08/mp-for-tanjung-submits-another.html


Zulfikar Ali bin Abdul Aziz, 2018-Aug-15
I am Zulfikar Ali, a resident in Tanjong Bungah. Like millions of Malaysians, I voted for Pakatan Harapan and to support a government that promises change and hope. But I am saddened to see that even in the early days of the Harapan government, some leaders have begun to adopt the attitude of BN, ignoring the voices of rakyat, and vilifying legitimate concerns raised by rakyat. On Aug 10, the Penang chief minister said he opposed PORR because it was proposed as a tolled road and that the NGOs were misleading the public So, I decided to Google to see what are the facts. In this age of the Internet, it is easy to check for facts.
https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/439034 (archive) Link2

Predeep Nambiar, 2018-Aug-06
She also rapped the state government for only displaying the blueprint of the project during the Chinese New Year holidays, when many were not free to view it. Ideally, she said, it should be placed online for all to access. She said the Council of Eminent Persons had been notified about the issue, and that the leaders supported a review of the PTMP.
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/06/ngos-want-drill-and-blast-highway-in-penang-scrapped (archive)

Bernama, 2018-Aug-22
It is learnt that DOE had set 59 conditions to be met in the DEIA before, during and after construction, but did not specify what were the said conditions. CHANT advisor Yan Lee in a press conference here today requested that DEIA’s conditions be made public for all interested parties to scrutinise. He said only the DOE director-general, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pictured) and CZC had knowledge regarding DEIA’s 59 conditions. He added that Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association (TBRA) had been following up and had asked DOE and Chow on the conditions but to no avail.
https://www.edgeprop.my/content/1416724/chant-urges-penang-govt-zenith-make-deia-report-public (archive)

Predeep Nambiar, 2018-Aug-21
CHANT legal adviser Yan Lee said at a news conference today that repeated requests by a residents’ association in the affected area to find out the 59 conditions drew no response. He said the conditions placed by the DoE should be revealed in the spirit of freedom of information so that residents along the road alignment are fully informed over what is going to happen in their backyards. Lee said there are three people who could do so—the chief minister, DoE director-general and Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), the contractor. He said the best way to allay the people’s concern over the project is to hold an open forum or a townhall meeting for the contractor to explain what is going to happen.
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/21/reveal-doe-terms-for-penang-roads-project-contractor-urges-ngo (archive)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Protesters rally in Penang against exorbitant RM46bn transport proposal

About a hundred concerned Penangites gathered peacefully outside the Penang State Assembly this morning to call for an an independent review of SRS Consortium’s outlandish RM46bn transport proposal, which critics have derided as a ‘property play’.


Under the proposal, an RM8bn six-lane highway will eventually link high-end property development on reclaimed land opposite Gurney Plaza off Gurney Drive to more high-end development on three artificial islands in southern Penang Island. Under phase one of the highway, it ends not far from even more high-end property development on reclaimed land now under construction off the coast of southeastern Penang Island. ...

Independent filmmaker Andrew Ng, who produced the award-winning documentary The Hills and the Sea, led the crowd with chants of “No way, highway; we want public transport”, “Cancel PIL; review PTMP”, “SRS, go away; far, far away” and “We want BRT and modern trams”.


Many expressed dismay that SRS’ 20-volume proposal has not yet been put online for serious public scrutiny. The hard copies of the 20 volumes were only made public for a limited period around Chinese New Year at selected locations, with no photography allowed, thus handicapping those who wanted to study the thick volumes at length. Others wondered why a traffic impact assessment has not been made public.

... Read full article at: http://anilnetto.com/society/public-transport/another-protest-in-penang-against-exorbitant-rm46bn-transport-proposal/

Friday, July 27, 2018

CAP opposed to RM1b Federal Govt loan for Penang Transport Master Plan


GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) says the state government should not request for a RM1 billion soft loan from the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

"Yesterday, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government would consider requesting a RM1 billion soft loan from the Federal Government to allow the Pan Island Link (PIL) and light rail transit (LRT) projects to be implemented simultaneously to ensure that the people could enjoy the new facilities in five to six years.

CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said today that the group was shocked because Chow and his predecessor, Lim Guan Eng, had assured the public that the project would not involve public funds.

“Now a different story is being told. If this loan goes through, it may put at risk the state’s finances,” he said.

“There are large economic and environmental risks associated with PTMP and it is doubtful that some key projects linked to the plan can generate revenue to pay for themselves.” ..."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Even Undisturbed Slopes Can be Dangerous ...


Disaster zone: An aerial view of the recent landslide in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Nobody knew a natural disaster was waiting to happen until Sungai Kelian in Tanjung Bungah turned brown and silty.
The sudden profusion of laterite mud flowing out to sea was caused by a landslide even bigger than the one that killed 11 people at a Tanjung Bungah construction site last year.

But it was so far uphill – 231m above sea level – that Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had to use a drone to find it.

As it was a natural landslide, residents are now worried about the fragility of slopes in the Tanjung Bungah hill range and want tighter scrutiny on the many development projects slated for their neighbourhood all the way to Batu Ferringhi. ...
 
 

Friday, May 18, 2018

TBRA CALLS ON NEW CHIEF MINISTER TO MAKE PUBLIC STATE ACTION PLAN ON PAIRED ROAD PROJECTS


TBRA Press Release issued today

Press Release         18 May 2018

TBRA CALLS ON NEW CHIEF MINISTER
TO MAKE PUBLIC STATE ACTION PLAN ON PAIRED ROAD PROJECTS

The Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) calls on the newly elected Chief Minister of Penang, Chow Kon Yeow and the State Government to be fully transparent on the need for the North Coastal Paired Road (NCPR) project, the implications of this to the residents affected by the road, what alternatives were considered and deemed not feasible and how the State Action Plan addresses all the concerns of the public.

This must urgently be done prior to the commencement of any works for the NCPR.

TBRA has learnt that the State Action Plan (SAP) for the paired roads, including the NCPR, was a requirement imposed by the Department of Environment (DOE) so that the issues raised by the public would be addressed prior to the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

TBRA urges the Chief Minister to make the SAP public so that we can assess if our concerns have been addressed effectively.
We also want to know if the SAP has addressed concerns arising from the most recent floods and landslides that occurred on Nov. 5 following heavy rains, which involved parts of the areas along the proposed NCPR road alignment in Tanjung Bungah.

TBRA has been raising our concerns regarding the NCPR both to the DOE and the Penang State Government previously. We had pointed out serious environmental and social impacts of the NCPR especially for thousands of residents living along the road alignment.

The EIA had revealed that about 46% of the proposed road will be on terrain with a higher than 25 degree slope, and are well known to be ‘sensitive hill lands.’

How and whether the Penang State Government and the DOE have addressed this concern is a mystery to us, that requires further clarification. 

Since the Penang State Government has provided an Action Plan to the DOE, it is vital for this to be made public urgently and to seek public feedback, as this will be in line with the spirit of the State Government and the new Pakatan Manifesto for being transparent and accountable to the rakyat.
TBRA also pointed out and continues to maintain that the ‘saving’ of 14 minutes of time travelled between Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang at a cost of RM 1 billion for the NCPR will soon vanish once more traffic demand is generated by the new road in the coming years.

What has also not been made clear is how the State is going to disperse the traffic from the NCPR that ends in Lembah Permai in Tanjung Bungah to Straits Quay.

Hence, no construction on the NCPR should commence, until our concerns have been addressed urgently and adequately.

Meenakshi Raman
Chairperson,
Tanjung Bungah Residents Association

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Montage of Issues Facing Tanjung Bungah

Some of the issues facing Tanjung Bungah. Come to the AGM on Sunday, 3pm, at Tanjung Bungah Market, 1st Floor.

Saturday, March 03, 2018


TANJONG BUNGA RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Notification of Annual General Meeting

Dear Members and friends of TBRA,
Our Association will hold its 2018 Annual General Meeting on:

Date: Sunday 11 March at 3pm.
Image credit: http://www.penang-traveltips.com

Venue: Meeting Room Tanjong Bunga Market, 11200 Penang, 1st floor.

Time: 2:30 pm to pay annual membership fees (RM20) join as new member !

3:00 pm start AGM as soon as quorum is reached


Agenda:
The business of the Annual General Meeting shall consist of:
    1. To receive the Chair’s address;
    1. To confirm the minutes of the previous General Meeting;
    1. To receive and adopt the Annual Report by the Secretary;
    1. To receive and adopt the Audited Statement of Accounts by the Treasurer;
    1. Fill openings on the TBRA Committee. Please let us know if you are willing to serve on the Committee;
    1. To consider any resolution of which written notice should be given to the Secretary at least seven (7) clear days prior to the meeting;
    1. To discuss matters of general interest;

      Refreshments

Please keep the date and do attend !


Yours sincerely,

Annelies Allain
for Secretary
Tanjong Bunga Residents’ Association 21 February 2018



Annual Report for TBRA 2017


Annual Report 2017

The following activities were carried out during the year:
  1. TBRA Committee Meetings - The TBRA Committee met 8 times .
  1. Meeting with the State Assemblyman – On 16 May, the TBRA Committee met up with Y.B Teh to introduce the new committee members to him and to discuss some of the issues facing residents in Tg. Bungah.
  1. Residents’ Associations of Penang (RAP) – On 17 June 2017, the Chair of TBRA, Meenakshi Raman, was selected as Coordinator of the RAP. The RAP was initiated by the Penang Forum, of which TBRA is an active member,.
  1. Meetings with government officials – In the course of the year, the TBRA Chair, along with other members of the Penang Forum, has been meeting with Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow to discuss various issues, including projects on hill lands and the floods. We also met with the former Mayor, Datuk Maimunah before she took up the post at UN-Habitat.
  1. Issues taken upThe following issues were taken up by TBRA during 2017:
  1. Support for the Sungei Ara Residents: On 9 July 2017, TBRA took the lead in organising a press conference jointly with 16 other residents’ associations, management corporations and committees, in support of the Sungei Ara residents in their legal case against the Sunway Hills project. The project comprises 600 units of apartments and bungalows on 80 acres of land and is on hillslopes above 250 ft/ 43% of which exceeds 25 degrees.
Apart from the press conference, follow-up letters were sent to the Chief Minister of Penang and the Mayor of the Penang City Council, on behalf of the 17 associations under the RAP on the issue. However, no response was received.
The Sg. Ara residents filed a case in the Court of Appeal, in order to overturn the High Court decision and affirm the Appeals Board decision. The case will be heard on Feb. 26, 2018 and TBRA will be present to support the residents’ cause. The case will have a major implication not only for Penang but Malaysia as a whole, as it relates to the development on hill-lands and the guidelines on ‘special projects.’
  1. Landslide in Paya Terubong, Lebuh Rambai 13: On 16 July, TBRA along with representatives from several residential areas in Penang (RAP), issued a press statement expressing our grave concerns over the landslide at a hillslope near Lebuh Rambai 13 in Paya Terubong, Penang, that took place in the morning of 14 July. We once again reiterated our call to the Penang State Government to prohibit development on hill-lands and to take measures to protect and stabilise hill-slopes.
  1. Aspen development, Chee Seng Gardens: In July, a few residents of houses along Jln. Chan Siew Teong sought the assistance of TBRA about a project by Aspen involving 44 storeys of high-rise apartments. TBRA met with the residents and helped them get in touch with a lawyer to assist the residents in their case with the Appeals Board. A sample letter was also drafted by TBRA for those residents who did not receive notice from the MBPP so that they can seek further clarification from the Council. TBRA alerted the lawyer and the residents about the status of Tanjung Bungah which is designated as being in the secondary corridor in the text of the Structure Plan, which states that only 15 units per acre can be allowed. TBRA has been informed that Aspen has now submitted a new (lower) plan for development and the residents have again filed their objections.
  1. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the North-Coastal Paired Road (NCPR): In July, several TBRA Committee members studied the detailed EIA for the NCPR project and submitted written comments and feedback (on 31 July) to the Department of Environment (DOE), along with 400 signatures to a petition from residents in the Tg. Bungah area who were against the road.
A press conference was held on 3 September, which was very well covered in the media, including a front-page and lead story in the Star newspaper. A sensitization and membership drive took place on the same day. Letters were also written to the Chief Minister and the State Exco for Public Works, YB Lim Hock Seng.
Unfortunately, the DOE approved the EIA for the paired roads on 10 November. TBRA learnt that the Penang State Government was required by the DOE to submit an ‘Action Plan’ based on all the issues raised by the public, prior to the EIA approval. TBRA issued a press statement on 29 December calling for the Action Plan to be made public but there was not much coverage of this in the mainstream media. TBRA sent follow-up letters on 9 Jan 2018 to the Penang Chief Minister and the State Exco for Public Works to make public the Action Plan. There has, however, been no response to our letters.
  1. Response to Sept 15 floods: Following the massive impact of the 15 September floods that hit Penang, TBRA together with several residents’ associations and community representatives of RAP, got together on 30 September, along with members of the Penang Forum and other NGOs, including the Consumers Association of Penang, to assess how best to draw attention of the Penang authorities, the State Assembly members and the public on the need to take urgent action to solve the flood problems in the State.
A press conference was held on 15 Oct, where TBRA representing the RAPs issued a call to the State Government of Penang, and the elected representatives to take the situation of rainfall, floods and hill erosion very seriously. The press statement contained a list of demands on action to be taken. The press conference was well covered.

Following this, individual letters containing those demands were sent to all elected representatives of the Penang State Assembly, including the Chief Minister.

  1. Dialogue with State Assembly representatives on Oct 29 on Penang’s Floods: Call for Action: With the support of TBRA and other members of RAP, the Penang Forum organised the above dialogue. It focused on the causes of the floods, the severity of the impacts and the laws and the actions that need to be taken. TBRA presented the demands made to the State Assembly representatives. The dialogue was very well attended and saw a lot of publicity in the media. A video of the full session is available.
  1. Granito landslide tragedy on 21 Oct: TBRA was at the landslide tragedy on the morning of the incident and spoke to members of the press and called upon the State to set up a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the tragedy. We also issued a press release on 23 October, along with CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia, asking how the project had been approved when the DOE had objected to it.
The TBRA Chair was interviewed widely by the media, including TV stations in relation to the tragedy.
On 27 October, we also issued a press statement responding to the State government’s decision to set up the COI, calling for it to be made public and for the terms of reference to also include a review of the relevant laws, guidelines and approvals as well as the monitoring and enforcement aspects with a view to making improvements. Since February 2018, TBRA has taken active part in the COI, including through asking questions and raising issues related to workers’ safety, hillslope development and planning approvals.
On 11-11-17, members of TBRA held a tree planting event at the Granito site, in honour of the 11 workers who died at the site. Some 50 members helped to dig holes and plant 30 trees. The media were also invited. The initiative was part of the City Council’s tree-planting programme.
  1. Response to 4 November floods: The TBRA once again called on the State to halt all short-sighted and patchy urban planning that continued to cause more adverse impacts on the people of Penang, following intense rains on 4 Nov. We called for the development of holistic flood prevention and mitigation.
  1. Sore Thumb’ project: The TBRA Committee is still monitoring the proposal to convert the ‘Sore Thumb’ into a coastal park. Datuk Renji, former TBRA Chair and member of the Green Council keeps the committee informed.