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Monkey Beach @ Taman Negara <b>Pulau Pinang</b>

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 05:00 AM PST

Written by Shirley T   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Monkey Beach Penang National Park November 2012
Prompted by a sudden itch for an adrenaline rush, we packed a knapsack and a boy of 24 month-old heading to Penang National Park without a second thought. Though we had explored this national gem more than a couple times, this was our first with a toddler that weighs more than 10 kg. Recalling our past experience and a little planning on the night before did help. Our gears were brief. No hiking pole but running shoes, an umbrella, band-aids, hats, sunscreen and a change of clothes. We were prepared to survive on a box of home made pancakes, 2 packets of fried beehoon and 2 L of water. We left the rest for God to decide.
Arrow head sign posts and wood engraved sign to Monkey Beach
Arriving at Taman Negara Pulau Pinang's visitor center after half past ten with a sleeping child, I went to sign-in at the same to grab the latest updates on the hiking trails while waiting for the little one to rise. Nothing much had changed inside. The outside is a total new facade, a visitor center to welcome nature enthusiasts. Taman Negara Pulau Pinang map can be obtained here in addition to friendly staff manning the booth, offering trekking advice and entry registration though admission is free.
To see the best of Penang beaches, that's what made us decide to hike on the coastal trail focusing on Monkey Beach as our destination. My watch showed 11:04 am as we walked passing the entrance arch, then a handful of beachfront picnic tables welcomed us and a suspension bridge indicating we had arrived at Pasir Putih pit-stop. In fact, this stretch is wheel-chair and stroller friendly. First fork, we took the right turn to Penang Monkey Beach. The trail after was easy, handy railings and staircases variety by the coastline. Further on the sea, one can take a glance at the fish farming, stationed not far from Teluk Bahang fishing piers. Whilst the green hills and Batu Ferringhi hotels take the backdrop in the scene. Next, we walked across Sungai Teluk Tukun on a wooden bridge before greeted by the second crossroad. Ahead at the fork, there are bathrooms and prayer rooms.
A mom piggyback a child on concrete elevated walkway
Continuing on the journey, the hiking trail to this famous Penang beach is still easy. In less than 30 minutes, we arrived at USM-CEMACS by 11:33 am. The beach, sea breeze and waves were enticing that hooked us for more than a few minutes. We quickly focused on Monkey Beach before our free-will took over our mind. Hardly any signpost here, so we walked along the green concrete fencing. Towards the end of the beach, a faded signpost showed up, boosting our confidence that we were on the right track.
Mom and a child on her back attempting to pass a fallen trunk
Mom and a child entangled in the roots of old trees
The stretch after USM-CEMACS and Teluk Aling Beach was more challenging than the former trail. Obstacles in many forms from curling roots entangling the path, balancing on a root while hanging on a rope, jumping over rocks to hugging on a fallen tree trunk, the adventures certainly added fun to our jungle trekking - though these are a tip of the iceberg to taste the hike in a rain forest. Despite the heat and humidity, the hiking trail was shady, thus we did not stop that often to keep our body hydrated. My little one was pretty quiet, seemed to enjoy himself, listening to the sounds of nature, observing the right and left as I bounced him in a baby carrier on my back. At times, he repeated after me when I shouted 'obstacle'!
Coconut drinks by Monkey beach in Penang
To our delight, we clocked two minutes ahead than the standard estimated time, reaching Monkey Beach at 12:17 pm. Taking into account of our 'extra load', a 15-minute stop at USM CEMACS and posing for a fair bit of photographs along the trail, we are happy that our fitness hit above the average for this one Laughing.  

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Gegernya!!: Kerajaan <b>Negeri Pulau Pinang</b> Menganiayai <b>...</b>

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 07:20 AM PDT

"Yang menjadi persoalan sekarang ini ialah mengapa wang itu diperam (disimpan) sahaja tanpa digunakan untuk yang sepatutnya iaitu bina rumah mampu milik dan kos rendah kepada Bumiputera di Pulau Pinang...Saya kesal dengan tindakan kerajaan negeri pimpinan Ketua Menteri (Lim) yang mengabaikan dan tidak mempedulikan nasib Bumiputera terutama orang Melayu di negeri ini."

Tindakan kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang tidak membelanjakan wang dalam Akaun Amanah Perumahan Bumiputera berjumlah RM33.36 juta didakwa adalah satu penganiayaan terhadap orang Melayu di negeri itu.

Setiausaha Badan Perhubungan Umno Pulau Pinang Datuk Azhar Ibrahim berkata tindakan itu juga ternyata menunjukkan Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng tidak mempedulikan nasib Bumiputera terutama golongan miskin dan tidak mempunyai rumah.

"Yang menjadi persoalan sekarang ini ialah mengapa wang itu diperam (disimpan) sahaja tanpa digunakan untuk yang sepatutnya iaitu bina rumah mampu milik dan kos rendah kepada Bumiputera di Pulau Pinang.

"Saya kesal dengan tindakan kerajaan negeri pimpinan Ketua Menteri (Lim) yang mengabaikan dan tidak mempedulikan nasib Bumiputera terutama orang Melayu di negeri ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Seminar Pembangunan Usahawan anjuran Lembaga Kemajuan Wilayah Pulau Pinang (Perda) hari ini.

Beliau mengulas laporan media yang memetik Setiausaha Sekretariat Perhimpunan Melayu Pulau Pinang Mohd Nor Suhaili Jamali sebagai berkata Lim perlu memberi penjelasan mengenai tindakannya tidak membelanjakan wang Akaun Amanah Perumahan Bumiputera berjumlah RM33.36 juta bagi membina rumah mampu milik atau kos rendah untuk rakyat.

Mohd Nor dilaporkan berkata wang itu sepatutnya dikembalikan semula kepada rakyat untuk dibina rumah mampu milik dan rumah kos rendah bagi golongan Bumiputera.

Azhar berkata kerajaan negeri boleh membina lebih 10,000 rumah mampu milik dan kos rendah dengan wang yang terdapat dalam akaun berkenaan tetapi tidak melakukannya.

Akaun Amanah Perumahan Bumiputera Pulau Pinang ditubuhkan pada September 2009 bertujuan mengakaunkan sumbangan kerajaan negeri, Kerajaan Persekutuan, pemaju atau pihak lain.

Ia bagi membolehkan kerajaan negeri melaksanakan aktiviti atau program yang berkaitan dengan pembelian atau pembangunan tanah, rumah, ruang komersial atau hartanah lain untuk manfaat penduduk Bumiputera.

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