Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Democracy in the 21st century.
To what extent can a “temporarily elected government” dispose at their will of large swaths of the natural, historical, environmental, cultural, social, economic, etc. , patrimony — “The Commons”, as it is well known — in order to put some pennies (or billions) into the government coffers, or those of their contractual partners, to do with what they want during their short time in office.
We all know the story about The Blind Men and the Elephant?
Fine, but do you know the one about The Blind Men and the Penang Transport Master Plan?
From the Archives. George Town Malaysia. Sept 23 , 2013 http://themalaymailonline.com/ —
By Opalyn Mok
A predilection for cars means that 80 per cent of transport funding is used to cater for the needs of 20 per cent of society, according to a public transport proponent today.
World Car Free Day founder Eric Britton pointed out this uneven distribution in public expenditure was an issue in many modern cities, including Penang.
“It should be the other way around where only 20 per cent funding is needed and it can fulfil the needs of 80 per cent of the society,” he said during a media focus group under the Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda two-week programme this morning.
In a bid to change that, Britton is here for the two-week Sustainable Penang: Towards a New Mobility Agenda.
Of Mice, of Men and . . . of Penang
When I first visited Penang back in late summer 2013 in response to an invitation by Think City, I had several weeks to profit from a steady diet of site visits, lectures, master classes and intense skull sessions with ten different key groups (including media, local government, transport operators, auto industry and lobby, regulators and police, gender balance, cycling and pedestrian groups, civil society, the universities, and finally “hacking sustainable mobility”). All of which, as I travelled around both the island and mainland, gave me an excellent occasion to start to get a feel for both “halves” of Penang. Not a city, not a state, but in fact an in many ways typical and varied metropolitan area.
The more you solve the problem the bigger the PROBLEM gets. Even in Mouse Town.