LETTER | “When the last tree is cut down,
The last fish is eaten
and the last stream is poisoned
you will realise that you cannot eat money.”
- Cree Indian Prophecy
There was a time when the sea off Straits Quay was open and free
The red egg-yolk sun rising on the horizon - a glorious morning to see
The sea breeze swept away stress or sigh
Waves rolling in and breaking lifted spirits high.
Sailboats and fishing boats were a sight to enjoy
Families of otters darting in and out of the waters - a joy
Eagles soar high up every morning in the vast sky
The sea a calming space of silence, a dream in a lullaby.
The making of a 280ha island has since transformed this natural beauty
Revealing the red and ugly face of the CCCC
Its fleet of teratais, barges, and tugboats intrusively scour the sea
Drowning sanity and serenity with its 'artillery’ in a flurry of activity.
From Gurney Drive to the approved/proposed Tanjung Tokong jetty
The intrusion of the CCCC looks like an insidious ‘rape’ of the sea
Splurging sand and mounting boulders hastily
A Great Wall is erected to alter the tides and dam the sea.
Despair turned to anger to see otters feed on styrofoam bobbing in the sea
A ‘floating factory’ in close proximity giving a new meaning to ‘living-by-the sea
Excavators drummed up at odd hours a racket too much to bear
Assaulting the silence of the sea, puncturing the peace of the air.
What use is a RM5 billion budget allocation for a Green Financing Scheme
When conservation and protection of our green lungs - the forests and sea are a scream?
How effective are provisions for monitoring and evaluating social and environmental impacts when it's enforcement is volte-face?
As greed, profits and politics take precedence over a good eco-system in the first place?
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