Aliran Monthly 27: 8 editor’s note

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AM coverOur cover storey zooms in on an iconic monument to folly known as the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project with an eye-popping development value estimated at RM25 billion.

Critics, however, have dubbed it the Penang Graveyard and Crematorium Complex because of its proximity to a crematorium and a cemetery. Already the civil society campaign against the PGCC is gaining momentum as more and more Penangites become aware of its horrendous environmental implications.

 Concerned Penangite CLW wonders if the PGCC is all hype with little substance while Gwynn Jenkins explains what “zero carbon” really means.

Aliran Monthly readers are encouraged to send petition letters to the Chief Minister of Penang to stop the project. (See sample letter inside.)

Rest assured the PGCC is going to be a major issue in the coming general election. Some are even saying it could be a repeat of the successful Save Penang Hill campaign of the 1980s, which led to an electoral setback for the ruling coalition in Penang during the 1990 general election.

In the light of a string of worrying developments, K Haridas, says the only option now seems to be to register a strong protest vote at the next general election.

One country with zero democracy is Burma. In the light of the bloody crackdown against peaceful protesters there, John Smith Thang recounts the rise of the brutal military regime and how it morphed into a brutal dictatorship.

We also get to hear two Penan headman, Matu Tugang and Along Joo, speaking for themselves in countering the claims of a logging firm that has  encroached into their land.

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