Published: Wednesday June 6, 2012 MYT 4:03:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday June 6, 2012 MYT 4:05:00 PM
Hillside development in Penang worrying, says Gerakan
GEORGE TOWN: Uncontrolled development in Penang, especially along hillsides and coastal strips is worrying, said Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Wong Mun Hoe.
He said the kind of uncontrolled development approved within the last four years by the state government had also seen increasing protests from residents' groups, which was unprecedented.
Wong said consumer/environmentalist groups such as the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia had been voicing their concerns, besides residents living within the vicinity of such development projects.
"For those staying in apartments and condominiums near the coast, their prized sea-view front will be gone soon, and with that, a drastic drop in their property value," he said in a statement, here, today.
According to Wong, there are nine projects coming up in Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi, Bukit Gambir, Pantai Jerejak and Sungai Ara and more to come.
He said the kind of development taking place clearly reflected a lack of planning that led to uneven spread of construction projects on the island.
"Penangites now have the opportunity to think hard on the kind of government they want.
"If even in their first term, the Pakatan state government already has a devil-may-care attitude towards development and residents' protests, what then will a second term bring about for Penangites?" he said. - Bernama
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