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/
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/
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:
– 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.
— 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 Joshua 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.
Gentlemen of SRS Consortium and State government meeting in Komtar to finalise PTMP.
“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:
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).