Penang Hills Watch Community and Government Engagement

  1. Raikan Sungai Ara (Celebrate Sungai Ara)

    Nov 18, 2018

    Penang Hills Watch co-organized Raikan Sungai Ara (Celebrate Sungai Ara) together with Water Watch Penang, Ruang Kongsi, Penang Forum with the objective of creating and raising awareness on the importance of ‘green areas: public parks and clean rivers’ to the Sungai Ara and whole Penang community.

    This was one of the largest events co-organized by Penang Hills Watch as part of our outreach, engagement and education aspect and attracted hundreds of people.

    Watch our river awareness video here, featuring the co-founders of Penang Hills Watch, Dr Kam Suan Pheng and Rexy Prakash Chacko

  2. Penang Hills Watch-Slope Watch Workshop and Joint Walkabout

    Nov 3-4, 2018

    Penang Hills Watch and SlopeWatch organized a workshop aimed at empowering local communities to understand concepts regarding slope stability, identifying signs of slope failure, as well as how to look out for signs of impending landslides. About 40 people, mainly residents living near hill slopes attended the workshop.

    The sharing was conducted by Eriko Motoyama , programme director of Slope Watch who shed light on many things related to slopes and landslides which were poorly understood.

    The workshop was followed by a walkabout along the hillslope in the Tanjung Bungah, Sungai Ara and Bukit Gambir area, where residents got a hands on opportunity to observe and learn about their hillslope.

    2. Penang Hills Watch Meeting with YB Chow Kon Yeow, State Executive Councillor for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee

    4 May 2017

On 4 May 2017, Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch members met with YB Chow Kon Yeow, state executive councillor for local government, traffic management and flood mitigation, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) engineering director Ir Addnan Mohd Razali and Penang State Forestry Department director Tuan Rusli Tahir to seek clarification on hill clearing cases which were reported.

At the meeting Forestry informed about the use of the department’s Forest Monitoring using Remote Sensing (FMRS) system, and Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch emphasized the merit in complementing remote monitoring with the kinds of field observations that the Penang Hills Watch is able to track, particularly where clearing activities are not so clearly detectable from the air. Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch expressed appreciation for the prompt action taken by the Penang State Forestry Department in liaison with other state departments to investigate a series of reported clearing activities happening on the slopes of Bukit Laksamana in Mukim Teluk Bahang

3. Penang Hills Watch Meeting with Local Government Departments

24 October 2016

On 24th October 2016, PF members had a meeting with a number of government agencies including Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Penang State Forestry Department (JPNPP), Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) and Penang Town and Country Planning Department (JPBDPP) where we explained the purpose of Penang Hills Watch (PHW) and demonstrated the online application.

PHW suggested close cooperation with MBPP and other relevant government departments for mutual exchange of information, and our suggestion was well received at the meeting.

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