Penang plans to create three islands totalling 1,800 hectares.

Penang wants to be like Hong Kong and Singapore. Problem: its fishermen don’t

  • Malaysian state planning three-island land reclamation project that will rival Singapore’s Marina Bay and help fund US$11 billion overhaul of transport system
  • But on the environment, are Singapore and Hong Kong really such good examples to follow?
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Penang plans to create three islands totalling 1,800 hectares.
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Hong Kong: an inspiration to many Malaysians. Photo: AFP

Why are so many Malaysians from Penang settling in Hong Kong?

  • It’s not just money, money, money. Malaysians – particularly from Penang – are drawn to Hong Kong for its cosmopolitan attitudes, shared colonial past and equality of opportunity
  • Still, it’s not all sweetness and light: pollution and overcrowding send many in the opposite direction when it’s time to retire
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Hong Kong: an inspiration to many Malaysians. Photo: AFP
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