HILL PROJECTS: Penang govt must stop giving excuses
IT is a fact that there are too many hill projects, whether completed, in progress or in the pipeline. Therefore, it is futile for the Penang government to deny this and blame others for the situation.
A solution needs to be found urgently. This same government was able to stop high-rise projects in the heritage enclave and ensure strict compliance with height rules.
So, why is it reluctant to do the same in the case of developers involved in hill projects?
Even DAP assemblyman for Tanjung Bungah Teh Yee Cheu is unhappy with the situation. I believe he is under pressure for making the statement on the rape of the hill behind the wet market at Mount Erskine.
This smacks of insensitivity to the electorate in Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi, where the hills are being destroyed.
The people of Penang had stopped the development of Penang Hill and the Outer Ring Road, and even changed the state government.
It is time to stop the rape of hills. We do not need excuses.
A firm hand will make the developers come to their senses and I am sure none of them wants to lose business in the future by behaving irrationally or threatening to sue the government.
With a booming property market, the authorities can choose not to approve projects of companies that defy them or refuse to cooperate.