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.
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Before the Penang Bridge put the ferry in the shade, the ferry service was the only means of transporting people, bicycles and motor vehicles between the mainland and the island.
The iconic ferry service of Penang has a long history where it first started to take root in its most basic form sometime between 1893 and 1894. The inaugural regular service was initiated by a local entrepreneur, Quah Beng Kee.
The ferry service lost its prominence on Aug 3, 1985 when the Penang Bridge was officially opened by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his capacity as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The ferry service, the most cherished and well-known icon of Penang that used to be a bustling necessity of life, has in some strange ways, been reduced to a quaint tourist attraction.
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Today: Penang Rapid Ferry Service – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_Ferry
Rapid Ferry’s Pulau Undan ferry at the Butterworth ferry terminal in Penang, Malaysia
From WP entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_Ferry
Rapid Ferry is a shuttle ferry service within the State of Penang, Malaysia, connecting the city of George Town on Penang Island and Butterworth on the mainland. This cross-strait transit has been operational since 1894, making it the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. Its fleet of six ferries carries both passengers and automobiles across the Penang Strait daily; each roll-on/roll-off ferry could accommodate cars either on its lower deck or on both decks.
The first cross-strait ferry service between Penang Island and the mainland began in 1894. Originally a passenger-only service, the ferries were later refitted to carry automobiles in 1925. From 1924, the ferries were operated by the Penang Port Commission (formerly Penang Harbour Board), through its subsidiary, Penang Port Sdn Bhd.
In 2017, the Malaysian federal government began transferring the ferry service from Penang Port Sdn Bhd to Prasarana Malaysia, a government-owned entity which manages urban public transportation across Malaysia. Following the handover, the ferry service has been rebranded as Rapid Ferry.
- 1Ferry fleet
- 3Major events
- 4Ferry schedule
- 5Ferry rates
- 7External links
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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.)
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