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/
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.)
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.
Penang Citizens’ Organizations Raise AnakPinang One by One to Speak for the People
Penang has long been the base of many civic organizations, and now there is another rise of AnakPinang, which is known as the ordinary people.
The organization was founded in October and currently has 15 members, slogans in the local civic organization with the slogan “For a Better Penang”.
The promoter is Timothy Tye, who said that because no civic organization speaks on behalf of ordinary people, especially on the topic of the blueprint for transportation in Penang, it is one of the reasons for the AnakPinang organization.
The multi-billion ringgit integrated transport blueprint designed to relieve traffic hindered by the Penang State Government Cypriot problem, once implemented will be phased in gradually implemented.
However, the plan has led to a fierce rebound from a number of NGOs, including the Penang Forum, the Penang Consumers Association, the Friends of Nature Malaysia, and the Malaysian Nature Association Penang Branch.
Timothy Tye has a different opinion. He told The Perspective of Malaysia that these organizations are out of touch with the local people in Penang who have to face long-term obstruction every day.
For our international readers: a quick history primer on George Town and transport in Penang. To get you started and just in case.)
- George Town, Penang — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Town,_Penang
- Transport in Penang — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_in_Penang
- & its excellent reference section at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_in_Penang#References
- The PTMP Audit: https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/tag/ptmp-audit/
- The state of the PTMP discussions and differences – http://bit.ly/2WtMgDI
- PTMP in the news – http://bit.ly/2I6x32S
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Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, mediator 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: firstname.lastname@example.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)
This Facebook page was created in support of the Penang Transport Master Plan in August 2018 as, in their own words:
“The Unofficial Facebook Page about Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). This Page is maintained by volunteers, without any affiliation with PTMP”.
* You can find it via https://www.facebook.com/aboutpenangtransportmasterplan/
Source:Malaysian insight, 22 Dec. 2018
PENANG, already home of many vocal civil society groups, now has an additional voice in the form of AnakPinang, a group which started with the simple desire to represent the “common people”. AnakPinang kicked off at the end of October with 15 members and the tagline “For a better Penang” has already been making ripples in the crowded activist circle
In their web page at http://www.anakpinang.org/ they describe themselves as follows: AnakPinang is a community of like-minded Penangites who yearn to create a better Penang, one that is vibrant and modern, yet preserving and continuing to enhance its core strengths and values. We endeavour to usher our state forward, to be a hub for tourism, education, health, industries – a location that provides a wide variety of high-paying job opportunities, and a desirable place to call home.
As to their policies and preferences for Penang we can do no better than to let them speak for themselves in the more than fifty articles, news commentaries and op-eds that follow directly here. It’s always a good idea to listen to all the voices. Democracy is such hard work.
KEYWORDS/NAMES: The following article of some 2.200 words, mentions the PTMP 16 times and the whole title 15 more times. It mentions “transport” 31 times, but mobility (the human side of transport) only twice. It mentions the reporters Joshua Woo (12 times) and Timothy Tye (14 times)
(It does not on the other hand mention either climate, safety or equity a single time. Hmm.)
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