Sustainable Penang’s Open Citizen Discussion Forum: Archives Dec. 2015-Oct. 2016


Serendipity: The Happy Surprise

On 14 Dec. 2015: Mr. Lim Thean Heng, Chief Engineer, for reasons of his own, decided to created a WhatsApp group, “Sustainable Penang”. The results of his successful initiative can be accessed online via, and from there clicking the menu to Sustainable Penang. The forum is open to invited participants, and thus far has almost two hundred members, roughly 20% or so from outside Penang.  One of the main targets of the forum is to get feedback and views on the state government ‘s work in preparation of a Penang Transport Master Plan, on which there are many opposing views, including in the most informed public and reaches of civil society. But that is not the only thing that gets talked about there.

Did you realise that our WhatsApp forum is also a valuable research tool?

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Is Penang for sale? On Ketakbolehbalikan, अचल , 不可逆性 and Irreversibilities

What troubles me most about the permissiveness and the ambition, of present government policies in so many areas – such as protecting the forest reserves as just one example among many— is the entire matter of irreversibilities of which there are far too many examples and which do not seem to be taken into consideration.

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Towards a New Mobility Agenda for Penang: October 2016

Penang Forum meeting

Penang Forum meeting


An open letter to Mr. Joshua Woo
Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam

Subject: – Commentary on your article appearing in the Penang Monthly October issue under the title “Better, Cheaper, Faster – Really?” –

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– By Joshua Woo . In Penang Monthly, October 2016. 

This article by Mr. Joshua Woo, Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia provides a critical analysis of two radically different, hotly contested  approaches to sustainable transport planning and policy for the state of Penang, Malaysia.  Readers  not familiar with these challenges and critical differences in Penang are invited to consult  the background  postings here: (a) Penang Transport Master Plan (b) Penang – A Sustainable Transport Primer for a Battle of Ideas ;and  (c) The NGO Challenge, and (d) State Government response to NGOsYou may also find good value  in a three minute video which provides a very good, and very funny synopsis of the process currently underway: (e) The Three Minute Summary .                                        * Still hungry for more from all sides: work your way down the right hand menu to this site.

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HELP WANTED: Key documents, articles, references

When you come into this site,  you will see on the right hand menu, that we are trying to put at the reader’s fingertips the most important background information and references for this hotly contested cause.

As you can see here it is organized into Halcrow, SRS, the NGO CHALLENGE, and supporting doc and references from World Streets.

My request for help this morning concerns the NGO CHALLENGE DIALOGUE documentation and references.

There are important references from a neutral source (yes my colleagues and I are neutral, we want the best for Penang) and we would like to be sure that the best of the best references are there.

But there are important pieces still missing, as you will see if you work your way down the list.

So if you might kindly share what you think are among the pivotal references which help us all to better understand what is going on from a neutral perspective, I can then have a look and add them selectively to this listing.

Many thanks.