QUESTION TIME : RM46 billion PTMP is a risky undertaking that must be reviewed

SRS Consortium and State government meeting in Komtar to finalise PTMP.

– P Gunasegaram, Malaysians Kini, 1 Nov. 2019

The RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), expected to span 30 years, is a major risk, whichever way one looks at it because there are way too many imponderables and assumptions made – which may impact the viability of the project further down the road.

The entire project hinges heavily on the reclamation of three islands. The Penang state government says that the land reclaimed – islands A, B, and C – will have a sale value of RM70 billion for 1,800 hectares (about 4,448 acres). However, cost breakdowns and timelines are not available.

The other thing is the high cost of the projects, with activist groups claiming that many of the highways and other links involved in the project may not be needed. If these are scrapped, the cost could be much lower.

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THE FIVE PERCENT CHALLENGE: WORLD CLIMATE/MOBILITY CHALLENGE PARTNERS FOR 2020

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— to be contacted and integrated into program from the beginning as full partners designing and monitoring the 2020 Five Percent Challenge.
Please share your contact information, addresses, names to that we can bring them into the project from the beginning.

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Expert Op-Ed: Role of public transport in relieving traffic congestion in Penang

Penang CAT bus
EXPERTS believe that improving public transportation is one of the most important ways of easing traffic flow on highways during festive seasons.
 
Traffic engineering specialist Dr Law Teik Hua said instead of widening roads and highways, the authorities should focus on upgrading the public transportation system.
 
“It is not necessary to widen roads to ease traffic. It will be costly and time-consuming to do this.
 
“We cannot say that widening roads will solve the congestion problem. That is not right.
 
“We must have a clear policy whether we want to promote private or public vehicles.
 
“Perhaps it is okay to have roads widened to ease traffic flow in the future, but what about the off period (non-festive season)?
 
“It is wasteful. Why don’t we use our resources to invest in upgrading public transportation?
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Author: Dr. Teik Hua Law.
Universiti Putra Malaysia | UPM ·
Department of Civil Engineering ·
PhD in Transportation (Imperial College)

INVESTIGATE MORE HIGH PROFILE CORRUPT POLITICIANS IN MALAYSIA

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The aggressive crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on graft in the public sector should be extended to corrupt high profile politicians. Investigation of politicians should be conducted in all aspects of anti-corruption legislation against those who live beyond their means and using anti-money laundering acts for money trail investigation. All this will deter others from being involved in corrupt practices.

As such, those who are involved in the corrupt practice should be brought to justice. On the political arena, the Malaysian Corruption Barometer (MCB) 2014 Survey indicated that political parties were the most corrupt bodies in Malaysia, followed by the Police and the Civil Servants. Politicians were perceived the most corrupt by replacing the police who were in the previous year’s top spot.

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ARE MALES COMPETENT TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS WHEN IT COMES TO MOBILITY ISSUES IN THEIR DAY TO DAY LIVES? (And if not or dubious how to fix this?)

Penang _ meeeting of state government with SRS consotium 15 aug. 2015

I ask this group the following.

(1) Is it possible for men and male-dominated decision fora and processes in general to plan and implement efficient and fair mobility policy and practice for women and girls?

(2) Are the planning and decision fora in Penang largely dominated at present by males?

(3) In your view should women and women’s group organize to support a state-wide movement to full gender parity in the transport sector? Starting on Monday morning?

(Please share your thought, including on the COMMENT link here.)

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Op-Ed: PIL 1, THE STRAW TO BREAK PENANG’S BACK?

Penang CM selling PIL1

By Eric Cheah  August 7, 2019,  www.freemalaysiatoday.com 

When Yeo Bee Yin, the minister in charge of the environment, praised the Penang government for making the state the first to eliminate plastic straws during a town hall meeting on the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) on Sept 20, 2018, civil society cringed.

Why ban plastic straws when they are pushing for a monstrous six-lane highway which is three storeys tall and 72ft wide and which will plough through the spine of the island?

It will plough through all three fault line zones of the island located in the sensitive Penang Hill and Paya Terubong hills, according to the environmental impact assessment (EIA).

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SO WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS “PENANG TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN” (and how is it being funded)?

A 2800 word overview article appearing  in the Malay Mail of 27 June 2019 by reporter Opalyn Mok  — does a fair job of reporting on the sequence of principal events defining the PTMP and those behind it.  The overall tone of the article is that the PTMP is a reasonable plan from a competent gouvernement team  and that despite consistent  objections from civil society, the future prognosis is that the plan and process will now move ahead with the full support of local and national  government. . .  BAU (Business as usual)

To this reader the article is insufficiently critical of their government sources and technical competence, but we will leave this to other parts of the broader analysis of World Streets and others you will find in these pages  —   The PTMP AUDIT  that you will find here – https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/tag/ptmp-audit/

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IF your urgent mission is to fight traffic congestion on Penang’s roads and bridges today . . .

Quick intro to TomTom

IF your main urgent mission is to fight traffic congestion on Penang’s roads and bridges today, — which we very much believe to be the case —  might not a good first step be to know more about what is going on? Here’s one that is worth a close look:  The TomTom Traffic Index, starting at https://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/traffic-index/

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EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES: A WORKING TOPOGRAPHY

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EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES (rCITI)

A team from the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia Emerging Mobility Services offers their own definitions, which includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: *

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A BIG NOTE OF THANKS TO ANAKPINANG FOR DETAILING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE PTMP

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.

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