via New Straits Times, 30 November 2021:
Being a world heritage site, George Town is supposed to possess well-maintained historic buildings, well-lit tourist districts as well as convenient walkways for pedestrians.
More often than not though pedestrians have to walk on roadsides which may be dangerous especially on roads with high traffic volume.
As a tourist city, George Town should be equipped with an efficient public transportation system like that of Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
After years of boasting itself as a modern city in northern Peninsular Malaysia, George Town is still devoid of a mass-transit system, leaving citizens and tourists alike with no other choice but to drive into the city.
This creates multiple problems, including traffic congestion and pollution, which may undermine George Town’s status as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
As a city on an island, one may also expect George Town to have its own public waterfront. However, most coastal areas within George Town’s Unesco world heritage site zone belong to private entities and the only waterfront available for the public is at Padang Kota Lama or the Esplanade.