Authorities need to resolve the many woes plaguing Penang


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  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003

THE recent spate of injury and death-related snatch thefts is only one of the many woes plaguing Penang island and a couple of old friends known to this writer are lying in the hospital being victims of these crimes. 

Admittedly it is difficult to apprehend these culprits in the act but with more enforcement officers on the rounds, the likelihood of reducing these criminal activities would increase. Many foreigners were also victims and this has given a negative image of Penang to other countries.  

The roads in Penang are badly in need of resurfacing especially when various privatised companies have completed their projects. One road left badly resurfaced for months is Kelawei Road beginning from Gurney Plaza to Gurney Hotel.  

Unlicensed business outlets are sprouting everywhere and sometimes a makeshift stall can be seen side-by-side with a brand new multi-million dollar shopping complex. The municipal council seems to be very patient with many of them and many have even expanded their outlets with no action taken.  

It would be good if the other enforcement agencies of the MPPP were as zealous as their motorcycle units which waste no time in issuing summons to errant motorists. 

Another bone of contention are wet markets where hawkers and traders are allowed to treat such places as their own with many placing their wares on places meant for walking forcing people to walk on the road thus causing inconvenience and possibility of a mishap from passing vehicles.  

The state government should avoid closing any major roads in the heart of town to avoid chaotic traffic conditions. The traffic system in Penang is so fragile that a closure of any major road would cause a chain reaction in the other parts of town.  

Many events organised by the state government and organisations involved the closure of some major roads in the heart of George Town and the result had been traffic nightmares. It would be much appreciated if major events are held at open spaces or fields for the good of all.  

 

P. TOH, 

Penang. 

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