I just read on Malaysiakini that Penang State Government is contemplating :

Penangites may soon have the option to travel across their state by air while enjoying panoramic views of its urban and natural picturesque attributes, provided the state government agrees to a new transport proposal from an American company.

But before we build any castles in the air, can I bring them down on earth first? The stretch of road from Jalan Gottlieb where Hotel Waterfall is, leading to Penang Chinese Girls’ High School to Union Girls’ School to the stretch leading to Tanjong Tokong and Tanjong Bungah is filled with lots and lots of pot holes caused by the sunken sewer covers. The road is so bumpy. And to make it worse, there are lots and lots of huge lorries and trucks that ply that road due to the heavy development going on in Tanjong Bungah and Batu Ferringhi.

The part where the low cost flats for the fishermen in Tanjong Tokong is the worst. Covering the pot holes with thick metal plate is dangerous to bikes. And those lorries, they sometime stopped by the warong to pekena kopi and one of these days, some vehicles are going to plough into the back of these stationary lorries.

And can someone enlighten me why were the ruins of the burnt houses still standing there, creating an eyesore to tourists? There is graffiti that says, “Mana hak Melayu?” there for years already. Long before DAP won that constituency. If I am not mistaken, it was during Koh Tsu Koon’s era. Why aren’t these burnt down houses demolished, rebuilt or at least fenced up?

Gee…do we seriously need the canggih manggih transportation like what is mentioned on Malaysiakini? How about changing some of the traffic flow, check the timing of the traffic lights and create some one way streets to ease traffic jams. I know the PKR MP Sim from Pantai Jerjak was a highway engineer from the United States. Get him to work on the improvements lah, after all he pledged that during his ceramah. And get those police to summon those cars park along Jalan Farquar outside Boon Siew/City Bayview (related post : Penang Road system : Different Government, Same Shit).