Re-evaluate mega projects, urges Penang Forum

PENANG Forum, which is a coalition of some 20 non-governmental organisations, is looking forward to a dialogue session with the state government on pressing development issues.

While congratulating Chow Kon Yeow on his appointment as Chief Minister, the forum said there was an urgent need to review the Penang Transport Master Plan and re-evaluate the need for environmentally damaging large-scale reclamation plans.

“We need to rely less on property development as an engine to drive the Penang economy.

“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,” it said in a statement yesterday.

The forum appealed to elected representatives to work together for the empowerment of the people and to set aside their personal and party interests in making decisions that will have an impact on people’s lives.

“In this regard, we call for a halt to the destruction of our environment and to startrehabilitation of coasts and hillslopes that have been neglected, compromised or destroyed.

“We call on the Federal and state governments to tackle urban and rural poverty to overcome the wide socio-economic disparities in society,” it said.

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