SAM’s Response Regarding PKNP’s Media Statement Perak Hi-Tech Orchard Development

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Media Statement                                       12 December 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refers to the media statement issued by (PKNP - Perak State Development Corporationthat was covered by several local media.

The statement states that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report  for the proposed orchard development at Perak Hi-Tech in Lot PT 253408 and 253409 was approved by the Department of Environment (DoE) on 21 June 2009.

Based on DOE’s stipulation, the validity of an EIA report is only two years from the date of the letter of approval is issued.

At presentthe activity in the project area is logging for the purpose of converting the forest to other land use covering 151.49 hectares of land at Lot PT 253408 and PT 253409 from 1 November 2019 to 30 January 2020.

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Maklum Balas SAM Berhubung Kenyataan Media PKNP: Projek Pembangunan Tanah Dusun Di Kawasan Perak Hi-Tech

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Kenyataan Media                                                     12 Disember 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) merujuk kenyataan media daripada Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) yang disiarkan dalam beberapa akhbar tempatan.

Menurut kenyataan tersebut, Laporan Kesan Kepada Alam Sekeliling (Laporan EIA) projek pembangunan tanah dusun di kawasan Perak Hi-tech, Lot PT 253408 dan Lot PT 253409 telah mendapat kelulusan daripada Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) pada 21 Jun 2009.

Berdasarkan ketetapan JAS, sesuatu kelulusan Laporan EIA hanya sah diterima pakai dalam tempoh dua (2) tahun dari surat kelulusan dikeluarkan.

Ketika ini, didapati kegiatan semasa di lapangan (kawasan projek) ialah kegiatan pembalakan untuk tujuan  pengubahan hutan kepada kegunaan tanah lain seluas 151.49 hektar sedang dilakukan di Lot PT 253408 dan PT 253409 bermula dari 1 November 2019 hingga 30 Januari 2020.

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Defending Territories, Defending Our Lives

Press Statement                   10 December 2019

Today, on International Human Rights Day, Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific (FoE Asia Pacific) launches its latest publication, Defending Territories, Defending Our Lives - a grim reminder that everyday, somewhere on this planet, environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) are being threatened, defamed, assaulted or murdered for defending their territories. This publication highlights seven (7) case studies from Friends of the Earth member groups in this region which show, in some cases, the extreme conditions that environmental human rights defenders are living in to defend themselves, their families and the territories in which they live.

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Mempertahankan Wilayah, Mempertahankan Hidup Kita

Kenyataan Akhbar                                     10 Disember 2019

Hari ini, pada Hari Hak Asasi Manusia Antarabangsa, Sahabat Alam Asia Pasifik (FoE Asia Pacific) melancarkan penerbitan terbaharu, Defending Territories, Defending Our Lives – satu peringatan yang serius bahawa setiap hari di mana sahaja di atas muka bumi ini, pembela hak asasi manusia alam sekitar (EHRD) diancam, difitnah, diserang atau dibunuh kerana mempertahankan wilayah mereka. Penerbitan ini mendedahkan tujuh kajian kes daripada ahli kumpulan Sahabat Alam di rantau ini yang menunjukkan dalam sesetengah kes, pembela hak asasi manusia yang terpaksa hidup dalam keadaan yang ekstrim untuk mempertahankan diri mereka sendiri, keluarga dan wilayah di mana mereka tinggal.

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Bukan Sekadar Membunuh Tikus

Surat kepada Pengarang                        2 Disember 2019

Seorang pembaca Facebook telah menyuarakan kebimbangannya kepada Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)  berhubung penggunaan racun tikus secara berleluasa dalam parit di sekitar kawasan Little India di Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Perkara ini sememangnya membimbangkan kerana sistem perparitan terbuka yang sedia ada menganjur terus ke laut dan selepas hujan lebat, racun itu akan dihanyutkan dan dilarutkan di laut.

Kehadiran tikus sebenarnya berpunca daripada tindak tanduk manusia dan bilangannya semakin bertambah di pekan dan bandar yang bergelut untuk menghapuskannya. Di kawasan bandar dan pinggir bandar, pengguna terbesar racun tikus adalah pengguna biasa yang membelinya di kedai perkakasan untuk kegunaan di rumah, ataupun mengupah pakar kawalan serangga untuk menggunakannya di premis mereka. Di kawasan pertanian pula, ia diguna pakai oleh petani untuk menghapuskan tikus yang mengganggu tanaman mereka.

Tikus suka bertumpu di kawasan yang didiami oleh manusia, dan begitu cepat menyesuaikan diri dengan persekitarannya. Ia gemar mencari makan di dalam dan di sekitar rumah, restoran dan tempat perniagaan. Apabila masuk ke kawasan kejiranan yang mudah untuknya mencari makan, tikus akan berkembang biak. Ia juga gemar mencari makan di kawasan sampah sarap, dari beg buangan dan tin, pasar, taman dan halaman, malah di pusat buangan sampah komuniti.

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Killing more than rodents

Letter to Editor                                           2 December 2019

A Facebook reader has expressed  concern to Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) regarding the extensive use of rat poison in drains in the Little India area in Georgetown, Penang. It is indeed worrisome as the open drain system leads directly into the sea and after every heavy downpour the poison gets washed away and diluted in the sea.

Rats are a human made problem and their populations are on the rise with towns and cities struggling to keep up with rat infestations. In urban and suburban areas, the biggest users of rodenticides are regular consumers who buy the products at hardware stores for home use or hire pest-control professionals to treat their property. In agricultural areas, it is applied by farmers to keep rodents away from crops.

Rats like to live where people live adjusting quickly to the neighbourhood. They prefer to feed in and around homes, restaurants and business premises. Upon entering a neighbourhood with easy access to food, they will thrive. They will also settle for scraps from trash bags and cans, wet markets, gardens and yards, and what they can find at the community refuse disposal center. 

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SAM cautions against proceeding with exploration and mining of Rare-Earth Minerals

Press Release                                              29 November 2019 

Despite the assurances by the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry’s (KATS) that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between a China company and the Perak state government is for the exploration of rare earth minerals and not to mine them, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) continues to have very serious concerns over the objective of such a venture.

The Ministry issued a statement yesterday in response to SAM’s concerns over the MOU signed between the Perak state government and a Chinese company, Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development to undertake the exploration of rare-earth minerals in Perak.

The Ministry in the statement clarified that “the context of the signing of the MOU is to use the Chinese expertise in identifying the potential of rare-earth sources in Perak especially that in ion-adsorption clay that does not contain thorium or uranium as by-product wastes”, and that the Ministry “supports any cooperation from foreign parties if it is positive for economic development and is sustainable and does not impact the environment and the well-being of the community.”   

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Move To Embark On Rare-Earth Mining In Perak Is Highly Irresponsible

Press Release                                            27 November 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is most alarmed to learn that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Perak state government and a Chinese company, Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development to undertake the exploration of rare-earth minerals in Perak.

This fact was revealed via a recent statement of Nov 16 from the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS), with the Ministry viewing this initiative as a “positive move”.

Clearly, the exploratory works are a first step in embarking on rare-earth mining in the state, and SAM views this with utmost concern.

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Tindakan Tegas Diperlukan Terhadap Penderaan Haiwan

Surat Kepada Pengarang                          19 November 2019

Kemunculan berterusan berita mengenai penderaan haiwan di dalam media massa dan sosial memerlukan perhatian serius daripada pihak berkuasa yang berkenaan. Bilangan kes kekejaman terhadap haiwan yang tidak terkawal ini amat mengejutkan tetapi ini hanyalah sejumlah kecil daripada yang sebenarnya berlaku memandangkan kebanyakan kes tidak pernah dilaporkan.

Kekejaman dan pengabaian ini meliputi semua sempadan sosial dan ekonomi Dari laporan media boleh disimpulkan penderaan haiwan biasa berlaku di kedua-dua kawasan bandar dan luar bandar.

Kekejaman haiwan mencakupi pelbagai tingkah laku kejam termasuklah meninggalkan haiwan peliharaan tanpa perhatian sepanjang percutian panjang, merantai haiwan peliharaan sepanjang hayat tanpa sebarang peluang bagi haiwan itu untuk membebaskan diri, menyimbah haiwan dengan air panas, mengabaikannya apabila haiwan itu menjadi buta dan berpenyakit, atau luka akibat dipukul.

Haiwan yang menjadi teman seperti anjing dan kucing sering didera walaupun haiwan lebih kecil seperthamster, guinea pig, arnab, reptilia dan haiwan peliharaan eksotik yang kebanyakannya dikurung juga sering diabaikan.

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Need for greater action against animal abuse

Letter to Editor                                       19 November 2019

The continuous emergence of animal abuse news in the mass and social media warrants serious attention from the relevant authorities. The shocking number of animal cruelty cases happening quite uncontrollably is just the tip of the iceberg as most cases are never reported.

Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries along with media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.

Animal cruelty encompasses a wide range of cruel conduct that includes leaving pets behind unattended during long holidays, chaining up a pet for life without any chance for the animal to relieve itself, scalding an animal with boiling water, abandonment when the animal becomes blind or diseased, and malicious wounding or beating. 

Companion animals such as dogs and cats are often abused although smaller animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles and exotic pets that are mostly caged up are often overlooked. 

Hoarding behaviour often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more animals than they are able to properly house or care for resulting in disease and often death. 

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