Penang is a blessed place, but recent developments are making the joys of being a tropical island less available to common folk. This trend can, and must, be reversed, and as quickly as possible.
Penangites are a lucky lot. Besides luxuriant hills, a city centre worthy of being classed a Unesco World Heritage Site and endless tasty street foods, they get to enjoy long stretches of sandy beaches.
Yet, it is fair to believe that most people spend more time walking in shopping malls than at the seaside and foreshores. The conventional excuse is to blame the heat and high humidity. But despite the climate, there is no doubt that many Penangites, like most people in the world, enjoy sea breezes and coastal panoramas.
Many Penangites do enjoy a good exercise.
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