We are very grateful to the editorial team of AnakPinang  for providing these detailed lists and references of their communiques and articles in favor ot the Penang Transport Master Plans. In order to come to a wise policy decision in complex issues like this,, it is important to listen to all the voices.  (Which is one of the reasons that democracy is such hard work.)

AnakPinang staff-members

Why we support the Penang Transport Master Plan

Members of AnakPinang collectively throw their support behind the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) in its present incarnation. We do so not out of blind loyalty to our State Government, but because we understand our government’s rationale in planning for our needs, for today and for the future. In this section, we provide you with information on why each component of the PTMP is vital.

  1. Malaysiakini: Luddites will see Penang regress by Alex Ooi, 11 June 2019
  2. MalayMail Online: NGOs, experts free from accountability? by Timothy Tye & Joshua Woo, 23 May 2019
  3. Rejecting PSR puts our future in peril by Timothy Tye, 21 May 2019
  4. MalaysiakiniDon’t condemn Penang transport plan without understanding by Joshua Woo, 17 May 2019
  5. New Straits TimesPenang Forum labeled as extremist by Timothy Tye, 12 May 2019; Note: AnakPinang did not label Penang Forum as extremist. This does not appear in the original text of the post.
  6. MalaysiakiniWe protest the petition to cancel Penang’s PSR project by Timothy Tye, 11 May 2019
  7. The Malaysian InsightPenang group launches online challenge to anti-reclamation petition by Looi Sue-Chern, 11 May 2019
  8. The StarReclamation a big part of development by Timothy Tye, 3 May 2019
  9. Why it’s good to have the international airport in Batu Maung AND Kulim by Timothy Tye, 15 February, 2019
    AnakPinang spokesperson Timothy Tye shares his reasons for supporting the shifting of the Penang International Airport to Batu Maung, and also the development of the Kulim International Airport.
  10. 6 Reasons Why I Support PTMP by CS Ling, 27 January, 2019
    AnakPinang spokesperson CS Ling shares his reasons for supporting the Penang Transport Master Plan.
  11. Experiencing life as a rural Penangite by Timothy Tye, 24 January, 2019
    AnakPinang spokesperson Timothy Tye revisits a side of him that explains why he supports PTMP. MentionsThe Malaysian Insight
  12. MalaysiakiniBRT expert sweet-talking Penang into installing bus system? by Joshua Woo, 17 January 2019
  13. The Malay Mail OnlineART suggestion lacks proven track record by Joshua Woo, 9 January, 2018
    Response by Joshua Woo to articles by Lim Mah Hui (ref) and Jackie Moey (ref) comparing the merits of the Light-Rail Transit (LRT) to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART).
  14. The Malaysian InsightLRT is Penang’s best bet by Joshua Woo, 5 January, 2019
    Article responding to objections raised by a small group of people over the choice of the light rail transit (LRT) for Penang.
  15. Frequently Raised Concerns about the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) by AnakPinang, 27 November, 2018
    Here’s a compilation of the concerns that have been raised about PTMP as well as alternative solutions, with responses, backed by reference, on why the PTMP in its present form, is the best solution.
  16. How the PIL 1 relieves congestion on the Penang Bridge by AnakPinang, 2 November, 2018
    AnakPinang exams the logic and wisdom behind the placement of the Pan Island Link 1 highway, and how it will reduce existing congestion on the Penang Bridge and on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
  17. Why we need the North Coast Pair Road by AnakPinang, 27 October, 2018
    Explaining why the NCPR is a necessity, based on feedback received on WhatsApp.
  18. The Malay Mail OnlinePenang transport improvement initiatives being discussed and implemented by Nicholas Theng, 17 August, 2018 (The Star)
    Article by Penang Island City Councillor in response to another councillor’s article.
  19. Free Malaysia TodayLRT Safer than tram for Penang by Joshua Woo, 16 August, 2018 (Free Malaysia Today)
    This article is in response to the call for the introduction of trams in Penang, in place of the light-rail transit or LRT.
  20. The StarLet rational minds prevail by Nicholas Theng, 9 August, 2018 (The Star)
    In the face of the near hysterical opposition to the state’s transport master plan, this article calls for rationality and provides an insight into how the plan came about.
  21. Penang Travel TipsWhy I support the Penang Transport Master Plan by Timothy Tye, August 2018 (Penang Travel Tips)
    Concerned over the amount of misleading information that has persuaded some to oppose the Penang Transport Master Plan, this article offers an insight to the issue that has divided Penang society.
  22. The StarPIL project warrants careful study by Boo Soon Yew, 7 August, 2018 (The Star)
    Article urging those who have mounted opposition to the Pan-Island Link Highway to the obvious benefits of the project.
  23. MalaysiakiniPTMP has a funding model by Joshua Woo, 23 June, 2018 (Malaysiakini)
    Concerns have been raised over the cost of PTMP, which is RM46 billion. While this concern is valid, AnakPinang provides an explanation over the PTMP funding model.
  24. MalaysiakiniPTMP doesn’t need to be reviewed because reviews were already done by Joshua Woo, 26 June, 2018 (Malaysiakini)
    Insight into the Penang Transport Master Plan and how it came about.
  25. The Malay Mail OnlineFeasible transport master plan requires an efficient road network by Joshua Woo, 26 July, 2018 (Malay Mail)
    A transport master plan is not about building roads in a haphazard manner. In this article, we trace the meticulous route undertaken by the Penang State Government to formulate a transport master plan for the long term needs of Penang.
  26. MalaysiakiniSustainable public mobility is multidimensional by Joshua Woo, 31 July, 2018 (Malaysiakini)
    A birds-eye-view of the approach to put together a feasible infrastructure for efficient public mobility in Penang.

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Get to know the Penang Transport Master Plan

  1. Penang Transport Master Plan Official Website
    For a comprehensive introduction to the Penang Transport Master Plan, this is the place to start.
  2. The impact of Penang Transport Master Plan on its real estate, July 2017 (PDF)
    Presentation by JLL Property Services (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd assessing the impact of the transport master plan on Penang’s properties.
  3. Why not Trams? The Penang State Government’s response to call for the re-introduction of trams in Penang.
  4. Penang State Government’s Response to NGOs’ Statement, 8 May 2016 (PDF)
    The State Goverment responded to concerns expressed by some Penang-based NGOs.
  5. Penang Transport Master Plan Explained, 8 April 2016 (PDF)
    Presentation explaining the transport master plan.
  6. Penang Overarching Transport Master Plan Strategy, 8 April 2016 (PDF)
    Presentation offering background into how the transport master plan for put together.
  7. The Highway Improvement Plan by Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, May 2013 (PDF)
    Presentation on traffic assessment and the planning of highways to address rising needs.

The Naysayers

Penang is home of a group of influential non-governmental organisations which have often objected to various projects.

* * * Here’s a list of projects that are successful despite the naysayers.

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For more on NGOs and civil society in Penang see here:

  – Democracy, Civil Society, & Team Building in Penang: Key Organizations and Agencies  — https://wp.me/p3GVVk-VW

– Google on  Anak Pinang – http://bit.ly/2IhSY70


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About the editor – World Streets 

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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