Letter to Chief Minister on Sg Pinang 2
29 March 2008
YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang
Pejabat Ketua Menteri
Tingkat 28, KOMTAR
10503 Pulau Pinang
Re: Proposal to Launch Sg Pinang Stakeholders’ Initiative and Sg Pinang River Education Centre
Further to our letter to YAB on 12 March 2008 titled Water, Environment and Penang, we would further like to propose the above project which is long overdue. We at WWP would like to stress that we have proposed this project to past BN Governments but have been rejected under the excuse of lack of funds. However, as you are aware, under the Federal Government’s “One State One River” Programme, the government has been allocated RM100 million (this figure was initially reported in the press but the final figure given to Penang may differ). Despite spending this large amount of money to restore the Sg Pinang (the authorities have built a jetty for fishermen and a river water treatment plant at the Sg Pinang estuary), amongst other activities such as dredging and improving the river, the river is still as dirty as ever. This is simply because not much attention has been given to educating and sensitizing the people (public and businesses) who keep dumping garbage/untreated effluents/discharges into the river. Consequently, every tonne of garbage dredged out by the contractors is more than outpaced by two tones of garbage being dumped into the river. The authorities has not tackled the root cause of the issue, i.e. the source of all the pollution.
It is with this in mind that we propose the launching of the Sg Pinang Stakeholders’ Initiative and the Sg Pinang River Education Centre, first in Malaysia. We are confident that YAB’s government will examine this proposal with due consideration. We are all ashamed that despite being one of the most advanced states in the country, the main river that flows through Georgetown is nothing more than a raw sewer! Our proposal is attached complete with recommendations and costing. If YAB and the Penang Government needs me to explain the proposal, I will be more than happy to make a 15 minute presentation followed by Q & A.
YAB, Thank you for your attention.
Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng
Plan of River Education Centre
- River Museum
- Biology Laboratory
- Models of Sg Pinang
- Souvenir Shop
- Water/Chemistry & Hydrology Laboratory
- Exhibition Boards
- Model of Hydrological Cycle
- Model of Sg Pinang Ecosystem
- Model of Sg Pinang River Basin
- Model of Pollutants entering Sg Pinang
- Photograph Exhibition Room