NGOs mark 'death' of Penang govt's CAT policy with white flowers

GEORGE TOWN: A group of more than 30 protestors placed a bunch of white flowers under a tree across the road from the Penang state assembly building here on Friday (Nov 9) to mark the "death" of the state government's competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) policy.

Penang Forum steering committee member Khoo Salma Nasution claimed that the state government did not practise the CAT policy when it came to environmental concerns in the state.

The protestors from several NGOS were registering their opposition to the proposed Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) highway project connecting Gurney Drive to the airport; the Second Penang Bridge; repeated incidences of landslides; reclamation and the two hotels that are to be built on Penang Hill next year.

"What is wrong with us voicing out our opinion?

Protestors placing a bunch of white flowers under a tree in front of the Penang state assembly building. - Mustafa Ahmad/The Star

"We want the freedom to voice out what the problems are, and we want to help the state government to solve the problem. But they only turn to the developers," she said.

The group urged elected representatives to seriously discuss the implications of over-development in Penang.

Earlier, the group gathered outside the state assembly premises but was told by the police that they were not allowed to gather on the pavement outside the state assembly.

The 14th session of the state assembly starts today, with debate sessions to be held from Nov 12 to 16.

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