New reports for Sustainable Penang Open Transport Library

Full and open access to key documents and reports necessary for full public, NGO, media and international expert review, questions and commentary on the costs, technical details, analysis and justifications for the RM27-50  billion (it apparently depends on whom you ask and when) Penang Transport Master Plan has been seriously inhibited by the State government and their property development consultants and partners (SRS Consortium).

In the face of this resistance an informal citizen alliance and NGO task force has emerged and started to assemble and make freely available a growing library of key documents. At present there are more than 200 volumes and working papers already assembled in the library at https://goo.gl/xjCRT9.

The latest three additions have been posted into the library today. They concern the SRS property consultant’s RM27-50  billion proposal for the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT). under the Penang Transport Master Plan : a planned 22 kilometre-LRT line connecting Komtar with the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone and Penang International Airport to the south.

The three latest volumes now available on line for free public inspection are:

Thanks to all of you who have stepped up with additional important materials. If you can help with further additions we all would be most grateful.

Technical note: 

For the record: Every effort appears to have been made to ensure that these reports did not enter into the public domain and hence be available for independent citizen review under appropriate circumstances (i.e., democratically open and  online).

These were actually posted to  the Penang government  website. However, they were posted as over 1000 individual pictures, impossible to read and reflect on comfortably. The consultants will surely not have submitted a report as pictures, so we can assume that Penang state government have purposely converted these already very dense reports into individual images to make  them hard if not impossible  to read and refelct on. Our generous colleagues took the time to use software to scrape all the thousand-plus individual images, then converted them into a readable PDF. Which is what you can see here.

Never underestimate the power of a concerned citizen in an educated democratic society.  Civil society the last bastion of democracy.

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Sustainable Penang Open Transport Library (as of this date):

  1. Halcrow reports 2011-2013 – https://goo.gl/6jmq2L  (25 documents)
  2. State government and consultants – https://goo.gl/p6ou1y (12 )
  3. Useful references – https://goo.gl/GHynRo  (82)
  4. Future visions of Penang – https://goo.gl/anhtXJ (16)
  5. Sustainable Penang Forum Open House Archives –  https://goo.gl/U7ZK4t  (29)
  6. Sustainable Penang classics –  https://goo.gl/MQbMvo   (21)
  7. EcoPlan/World Streets reports –  https://goo.gl/LwePj3  (87)

Note: the library is still in very rough shape but is fully accessible. A couple of days of careful work by a competent librarian would  help a lot. But more important at this point is to find those “missing” key reports and documents which are being kept out of the public’s hands for appropriate reading, reflection and review.

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Responsible for this posting:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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