Public and political opinions seem to agree very well that Penang must become cleaner and greener if it is to gain greater international prominence. What needs doing is not hard to figure out. Since there is agreement, then what we now need is agreement on the actions required.
The state government has launched a Cleaner Greener Penang Initiative. It is part of the vision of turning Penang into an “international city” that is “the location of choice for investors, the destination of choice for tourists and the habitat of choice for sustainable living”.
For that, it must definitely be commended.
Cities that have been routinely ranked at the top of liveable cities indexes all have green open spaces and parks. Vancouver, number one in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2010 World’s Most Liveable Cities Ranking, is noted for its numerous and very well maintained parks, including Stanley Park, Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park.
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