Penang Forum 4: Development and Good Governance

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The Steering Committee of the Penang Forum is holding a public forum at the Caring Society Complex along Jalan Utama on 18 December from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Penang Forum
Penang Forum 1 in 2008

The Penang Forum is an informal network of some 40 Penang-based NGOs and concerned individuals who came together in April 2008 to chart a possible way forward for Penang. After the 2008 event, a Penang Forum Declaration was submitted to the state government calling for a new partnership with the Penang people based on the principles of popular participation, transparency, accountability, sustainability and social justice.

Since then, two other Penang Forum events have been held. Penang Forum 2 was held in March 2010 and passed two resolutions urging the Penang state government to revive local government elections as well as to disclose the Penang State Local Plans.

Penang Forum 3 was held in November 2010 when an election was conducted to promote local democracy and to determine the civil society nominees to serve as MPPP and MPSP councillors for the year 2011.

It is now time for us to hold Penang Forum 4 which will take a closer look at familiar problems, some of which have intensified over the last three years. We will be looking at the impact of property-centric development at the local level in particular the problems of high-density development, congestion, transport, environment and land reclamation.

These planning and sustainable development issues will be put in the context of the yet-to-be-enforced Local Plan. More than that, we will attempt to analyse all these issues from a broader perspective and come up with possible solutions.

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Hence, we invite all Penangites to participate, share their views and make suggestions to realise a vision for a sustainable and environmentally friendly Penang. Those interested should register with Ravi at 012-5800030 or email vrpathy.cap@gmail.com stating name, organisational affiliation (if any), contact number and email address. (Registration fee is RM15, students and persons with disabilities, RM10. Lunch and two tea breaks will be provided, only if you register by 16 December.)

The following groups are represented on the Penang Forum Steering Committee, which meets periodically: Aliran, Badan Warisan Malaysia, Cepat, Consumers Association of Penang, Friends of Penang Botanic Garden, Good Governance and Gender Equality Society (3Gs), LLG Cultural Development Centre, Malaysian Nature Society, Penang Heritage Trust, Persatuan Orang-orang Cacat Anggota Malaysia, Sembang-Sembang, Suaram Penang, Taman Sri Nibong Residents Association, Tanjung Bungah Residents Association and Women’s Centre for Change.

Representatives of more Penang-based NGOs are expected to be present at the event proper on 18 December.

Penang Forum Steering Committee

Tentative programme

Penang Forum 4: Development and Good Governance

18 December 2011, Caring Society Complex

8.45am – Registration

9.15am – Introductory remarks

Focus on planning issues affecting RAs and individuals

Chair: Ahmad Chik and Cecilia Ng

Pykett Avenue, Savoy Garden, Tenby College, Bayan Bay, Sungai Ara, Tanjung Bunga, George Town heritage area, Seberang Perai
10.30am – Coffee Break

11.00am – Panel discussion: Overview of development in pipeline

Chair: Loh-Lim Lin Lee
Buildings (with visuals) (Tan Seng Hai)
Transport (Swee Heong)
Environment (Anil Netto)

11.30am – Where is the problem?
Chair/Speaker: Dr Francis Loh/Lim Kah Cheng

  • Developers
  • Local councils
  • State government
  • Fed government
  • The people
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11.50am – CM’s response (To be confirmed)

Noon – Q&A with panel (Chair: Francis/Kah Cheng)

12.30pm – Lunch

2.00pm – Panel: Analysis and solutions

Chair: Khim Pa
– What’s wrong and how to right the planning process (Laurence Loh)
– Land reclamation (Dr Leong Yueh Kwong)
– Fiscal policy and development (Dr Lim Mah Hui)

2.45pm – Q & A

3.00pm – Small group discussions
– Environment (Facilitator: Leong Yueh Kwong)
– Transport (Facilitator: Lim Thean Heng/Low Swee Heong)
– Planning process – Structure Plan/Local Plan (Facilitator: Laurence Loh)
– Fiscal policy and processes (Lim Mah Hui)
– Housing/parks and public amenities (Anil Netto)

4.00pm – Reporting
Chair: Agatha Foo

4.15pm – Tea break

4.30pm – Resolution and Memorandum

5.00pm – Press conference

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