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FORUM AWAM – Penambakan: Ancaman Sebuah Bom Jangka

FORUM AWAM
Penambakan: Ancaman Sebuah Bom Jangka
Tarikh: Isnin, September 16, 2019 (Hari Malaysia)
Masa: 14:00-17:00 petang
Tempat: RECSAM (Seameo Hall), Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Pulau Pinang

Anjuran: Penang Forum
Bahasa: Bahasa Melayu dan Bahasa Inggeris

Ia cukup serius untuk kerajaan negeri tahu bahawa mereka sedang terjerumus ke dalam perkara yang tidak difahami. Lebih buruk lagi, persekitaran Pulau Pinang adalah seperti gunung berapi yang menunggu ketika untuk Meletus . Kita sedang memijak bom jangka yang berdetik… “ – Prof Zulfigar Yasin

Penambakan persisiran pantai kelihatan menjadi strategi pembangunan arus perdana di Malaysia , sedang kini menjadi sasaran persaingan bagi 9 negeri walaupun sudah diketahui bahawa penambakan dan perlombongan pasir akan membawa impak-impak buruk kepada persekitaran marin dan perikanan. Di Pulau Pinang, kejadian kematian ikan yang tercetus oleh Taufan Lekima yang telah pun dikemukakan peringatan amaran pencemaran melalui aduan-aduan terkumpul tentang projek-projek penambakan semasa. Jika projek Penang South Reclamation diteruskan, beratus-ratus nelayan pantai akan kehilangan kawasan menangkap ikan dan mata pencarian mereka.

Asalnya penambakan diilhamkan sebagai satu cara untuk membayar Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), dengan justifikasi yang diteliti semula bagi tiga pulau sekarang, ia adalah untuk menyediakan pertumbuhan masa depan Pulau Pinang. Apakah nanti Pulau Pinang dapat mencadangkan Pelan Induk Pengangkutan yang lebih realistik dan mampu dibiayai dan seterusnya penambakan dapat dielakkan sepenuhnya?
Dengan peningkatan kesedaran mengenai kenaikan aras laut , perlukah Pulau Pinang mengambil risiko mewujudkan tanah rendah yang baru? Atau patutkah pertumbuhan masa depan Pulau Pinang yang menumpu di pulau secara terlebih pembangunan dengan wajar diarahkan semula dengan ke Seberang Perai, iaitu di mana pembangunan lebih diperlukan?

Di bawah panji-panji Penang Tolak Tambak, 200 nelayan dari Pulau Pinang dan Perak telah berarak ke Parlimen pada 11 Julai, bersama-sama dengan Penang Forum, untuk menghentikan Penang South Reclamation. Perbahasan di Parlimen telah membawa isu ini kepada perhatian negara. Apakah sebab sebenar kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang begitu bersungguh-sungguh untuk meneruskan projek penambakan kontroversi serta membinasakan ini? Mari kita bincangkan di Forum awam ini.

 

TENTATIF PROGRAM
2.00 p.m. Pendaftaran
2.15 p.m. Ucapan pembukaan oleh En Mohideen Abdul Kadir
2.25 p.m. Filem 1
2.30 p.m. Apakah Penang South Reclamation – Puan Evelyn Teh, Penang Forum
2.50 p.m. Impak Reklamasi dan Perlombongan Pasir di Malaysia – Dr Mohd Yusoff Ishak, UPM
3.20 p.m. Sesi Soal Jawab
3.40 p.m. Filem 2
3.45 p.m. Perbincangan Panel (Moderator: Andrew Han)
Encik Nazri Ahmad, Pengerusi, Persatuan Nelayan Pulau Pinang
Encik Mahadi bin Mohd. Rodzi, Ketua Kawasan Seberang Perai
Khoo Salma Nasution, Penang Forum
4.15 p.m. Kesimpulan dan Cadangan oleh Dr Kam Suan Pheng
4.30 p.m. Minum petang
5.00 p.m. Bersurai

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PUBLIC FORUM – Reclamation: A Ticking Time Bomb

 

PUBLIC FORUM
Reclamation: A Ticking Time Bomb
Date: Monday, September 16 2019 (Hari Malaysia)
Time: 14:00-17:00 p.m.
Place: RECSAM (Seameo Hall), Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Pulau Pinang

Organised by: Penang Forum
Languages: English and Malay

“It is serious enough for the state authorities to know that they are jumping into the unknown. Worse still, Penang’s environment is like a volcano waiting to erupt. We are treading on a ticking time bomb…” – Prof Zulfigar Yasin

Coastal reclamation appears to be a mainstream development strategy in Malaysia, being currently pursued in nine states, despite the known adverse impacts of reclamation and sand-mining on the marine environment and fisheries. In Penang, fish kill incidents triggered by Typhoon Lekima have already raised the pollution alert from cumulative complaints about recent reclamation projects. If the proposed Penang South Reclamation project goes ahead, hundreds of inshore fishermen will lose their fishing grounds and their livelihood.

Originally mooted as a means to pay for the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), the revised justification for the three islands is now to serve Penang’s future growth. Will Penang be able to come up with a more realistic and affordable Penang Transport Master Plan and therefore avoid reclamation altogether? With growing awareness of rising sea levels, should Penang take the risk of creating more low-lying lands? Or should Penang’s future growth simply be redirected from the over-developed Penang Island to Seberang Perai, where development is much needed? Under the banner of Penang Tolak Tambak, 200 fishermen from Penang and Perak marched to Parliament on 11 July, together with Penang Forum, to stop the Penang South Reclamation. Consequently, the debate in Parliament has brought this issue to national attention. What is the real reason the Penang state government is so adamant to go ahead with this controversial and devastating reclamation project? Let’s discuss at this public forum.

 

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME
2.00 p.m. Guests register
2.15 p.m. Opening remarks by En Mohideen Abdul Kadir
2.25 p.m. Film 1
2.30 p.m. What is the Penang South Reclamation – Puan Evelyn Teh, Penang Forum
2.50 p.m. Impacts of Reclamation and Sand-Mining in Malaysia – Dr Mohd Yusoff Ishak, UPM
3.20 p.m. Questions and Answers
3.40 p.m. Film 2
3.45 p.m. Panel Discussion moderated by Andrew Han
Encik Nazri Ahmad, Pengerusi, Persatuan Nelayan Pulau Pinang
Encik Mahadi bin Mohd. Rodzi, Ketua Kawasan Seberang Perai
Khoo Salma Nasution, Penang Forum
4.15 p.m. Conclusion and Recommendations by Dr Kam Suan Pheng
4.30 p.m. Tea
5.00 p.m. End

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