INVESTIGATE MORE HIGH PROFILE CORRUPT POLITICIANS IN MALAYSIA

Malaysia corruption Najib PM police

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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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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MORE HIGHWAYS, MORE CARS, MORE CONGESTION, MORE EMISSIONS, MORE DEBT, MORE WAITING . . . Lessons from the learned

Penang aerial photo of highly devloped road system - from Joshua Woo

Aerial photo taken from above article by Mr. Joshua Woo.

Commentary of  Assoc Prof Ahmad Hilmy Abdul Hamid from the School of Housing, Building and Planning,of the  Universiti Sains Malaysia. (See bio note below and list of scholarly publications)  — commenting  on a letter to the editor by Mr. Joshua Woo Sze Seng that appeared in the Star newspaper  last week on 28 May on the topic,  More Highways, More Cars?:

MALAYSIANS are very lucky to have freedom of expression. Anyone can write anything in the newspaper or social media, barring of course things that insult the fabric of our harmonious society.

Unfortunately, this same freedom also allows opinions to be shared by people who might be clueless as to how things work in certain areas.  Yet, these people appear as if they are an authority on the subject just because they are passionate in their beliefs or they happen to shout louder than most.

When Mr. Joshua Woo wrote as an opinion piece  in the Star newspaper  last week on 2 May,  More Highways, More Cars?:   He opens with the following challenge statement:

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QUESTIONS OVER PENANG’S RM46B MEGA TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN

Penan CM Chow overlooking Penang

– By P. Gunasegaram . Penang, 2 May 2019.  https://m.malaysiakini.com/columns/474516

QUESTION TIME | Another mega-project which is in the process of being finalised after the RM44 billion East Coast Rail Link and the RM140 billion development value Bandar Malaysia is the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

As with the earlier two projects mentioned, there are a number of vital questions that remain unanswered over PTMP’s projects and the massive land reclamation project, reportedly worth an eye-popping RM70 billion (subsequently denied) to finance them. There is no clarity on how it will be undertaken, while there is a strong China element to this project as well, with a China firm being one of the beneficiaries of a major contract, as we shall see.

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PTMP? “I believe that the PTMP is an excuse to camouflage Penang’s developed based policies”

— Dr. Ahmad Hilmy Abdul Hamid. School of Housing, Building and Planning,
Universiti Sains Malaysia.  Published 20 May 2019, Free Malaysia Today . http://bit.ly/2VUPyzx

When I read the recent article in Free Malaysia Today  ‘Penang NGOs — an opposition force without accountability? — http://bit.ly/2VUPyzx — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo’ the first thing that came to mind was ‘Ouch!’ Because even though I have no affiliation to the NGOs Timothy and Ahmad Hilmi PENANGJoshua were referring t,o I do follow the issues raised in particular the proposed PIL1 highway and the so-called Penang Transport Master Plan (PTPM). I would say the article summarily denied the positive contributions of Penang NGOs for example, when they successfully halted/revised the implementation of PORR and Penang Global City Center (PGCC) among others.

The primary purpose of their article I gather is to discredit the NGOs especially those who have raised questions on the viability and future prospects of PTPM as a whole coupled with the South Reclamation Scheme. By citing other ‘successful’ projects implemented over the years, readers are supposed to also accept that PIL1, PTPM and SRS will be just as successful.

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

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

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PTMP – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Penang home page top climate action plan flood traffic congestoin

“All you need to know about the Penang Transport Master Plan project”

The words of the organizers and proposed implementors of the master plan, and if you go to their site using these links there, you will see both the questions and their answers.  As per the Q and A for the first question below:

Source: http://pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my/index.php/en/soalan-lazim#pan-island-link-1

TDM – A World Streets Primer

TDM HOV lane

Since TDM (Transportation Demand Management) is a key pillar of the New Mobility Agenda strategy, and of our now forming-up Five Percent Challenge Climate Emergency program, it is important that the basic distinctions are clear for all.  In one of our recent master classes, when several students asked me to clarify for them, I turned the tables instead and asked them, since we are now firmly in the 21st century, to go home, spend a bit of time online and come up with something that answered their question to their satisfaction.  Here is what they came up with, taken whole hog from http://bit.ly/2rTxHrr (which we then lightly edited together and offer for your reading pleasure).

Quick-start references:

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ACTIVISTS DEEM PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PENANG STRUCTURE PLAN A ‘TOTAL FARCE’

Penang government state public presentation PTMP

 – Susan Loone, https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/468829. 20 March 2019

“Recommended reading for anyone who cares about Penang, Mobility and Democracy”

Activists today expressed their outrage over the conditional approval of the Penang Structure Plan (PSP) 2030 to include several megaprojects.

Consumers Association of Penang’s Meena Raman said that despite civil society organisations registering objections to these projects at public hearings organised by the state government, their views were not taken into account.

“Obviously, the state government did not listen. They have not taken into account whatever we said during our meetings and public hearings, where we clearly stated our views and objections to the projects,” she told Malaysiakini.

“The process of public hearing which the state government embarked on was merely a formality required by law, but in reality, it was just a rubber stamp to support their warped vision of Penang.

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Kaohsiung Accomplishments And Technical Competence Deficits In Penang

Comment from Yueh Kwong Leong in today’s WhatsApp S/P  exchanges: “Kaohsiung in Taiwan was considered the most polluted industrial city in Asian. It is today considered as one of the most green city in Asia.”

Penang Halcrow Insitutionnal Plan report cover top halfKaohsiung, yes! Good example.

For the record, we have been strategically involved in the Kaohsiung transition process in the transport sector since 2009. Among that city’s great accomplishments have been an important capacity building effort over the last decade, both within the various local government offices, but also because Taiwan has developed world level technical, planning and policy capabilities and a professional/university network that puts the necessary expertise at the fingertips of local government. These networks of competence are important factors in the advances being made not only in Kaohsiung but also a number of other cities in Taiwan.  (Cities compete!)

As far as I am concerned this is THE GREAT WEAK POINT in your capabilities in Penang today – and the general chaos that has surrounded the so-called PTMP has in large part due to these persistent technical competence deficits.

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