Hari Alam Sekitar Sedunia 2020: Perhatian wajib diberi kepada penukaran guna tanah hutan dan banjir di Sarawak

Keadaan banjir di pusat bandar Marudi di Baram pada bulan Disember 2019           Gambar: SAM

Surat kepada Pengarang                            5 Jun 2020

Bersempena dengan Hari Alam Sekitar Sedunia 2020, dengan temanya ‘Kepelbagaian Biologi’, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) ingin menarik perhatian semua terhadap kesan-kesan serius akibat dari kemusnahan hutan dan sungai di Sarawak ke atas kesihatan dan kesejahteraan manusia. Hal ini menjadi lebih kritikal tatkala kesan-kesan perubahan iklim sedang menanti kita.

SAM berasa amat gusar tentang kurangnya perhatian yang telah diberi ke atas isu pertambahan insiden banjir di banyak kawasan di negeri ini, dengan kekerapan yang tidak pernah disaksikan sebelum ini. Kami percaya bahawa keadaan ini telah turut diburukkan lagi oleh kehilangan dan kerosakan hutan selama lebih dari empat dekad. Masalah ini telah menyebabkan banyak kesulitan kepada komuniti orang asal dan tempatan di beberapa kawasan yang terjejas, dan hanya akan menjadi lebih buruk lagi, jika tiada tindakan pemulihan dilakukan, terutamanya dengan melindungi hutan dan kepelbagaian biologi dan memulihara kawasan-kawasan yang telah rosak.

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World Environment Day 2020: Need for urgent attention on forest conversions and flooding incidence in Sarawak

The centre of Marudi township in Baram being flooded in December 2019             Picture:  SAM

Letter to Editor                                            5 June 2020

In conjunction with the World Environment Day 2020 with its theme ‘Biodiversity’, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw urgent attention to the serious consequences of the destruction of forests and rivers in Sarawak on human health and well-being. This is all the more critical when the impacts of climate change are upon us.

SAM is most concerned that not enough attention has been given to the issue of the increasing incidence of floods in many parts of the state, in a frequency that has not been seen before. We strongly believe that this has been exacerbated by deforestation and forest degradation for over four decades. This has caused much hardship to local and indigenous communities in several affected areas, and it will only get worse if no remedial actions are taken, primarily by protecting the forests and biodiversity and in rehabilitating degraded areas.

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Percepatkan Usaha Untuk Mendapatkan Dana Antarabangsa Bagi Perlindungan Hutan

Kenyataan Akhbar                                    27 Mei 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya dengan segera mempercepatkan usaha untuk mendapatkan dana antarabangsa untuk membantu negeri-negeri melindungi dan memulihara hutan mereka yang amat penting bagi menangani perubahan iklim dan melindungi biodiversiti, dan bukan membenarkannya untuk dibalak dan  tujuan lain.

SAM membuat gesaan ini lanjutan daripada laporan media semalam bahawa Menteri Besar Kedah, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor menyatakan bahawa 40 pemegang konsesi hutan perlu dibayar RM1 bilion sebagai pampasan atau diberikan hutan ganti kerana penarikan balik konsesi mereka dalam hutan simpanan kekal oleh kerajaan sebelum ini.

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Expedite Efforts To Secure International Funds For Forests Protection

Press Statement                                         27 May 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal Government to urgently expedite efforts to secure international funds to help states protect and conserve their forests, which are vital for addressing climate change and protect biodiversity, instead of allowing them for logging and other purposes.

SAM makes this call in view of media reports yesterday that Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor had said that 40 forest concession holders had to be paid RM1 billion in compensation or be given replacement forests due to the withdrawal of their concessions in permanent reserve forests by the previous government.

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Love And Appreciate The Environment

The haze that occurred from the burning Picture: SAM

Media Statement                                       7 May 2020

The implementation of Phase 1 to 3 of the movement control order (MCO) not only reduced infection rate of the COVID-19 but also helped to educate the public to better appreciate the environment and recognize how it plays an important role in our daily lives.

Although the government has announced a Phase 4 conditional movement control order (CMCO) beginning May 4, 2020 and ending May 12th, 2020, it is not a ticket for us to revert to business-as-usual practices that contribute to environmental pollution or breach environmental laws.

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Sayangi Dan Hargailah Alam Sekitar Untuk Kebaikan Bersama

Contoh pencemaran air dari kumbahan ternakan haiwan & kilang   Gambar : SAM  

Kenyataan Media                                        7 Mei 2020

Lanjutan arahan perintah kawalan pergerakan bermula dari Fasa 1 hingga ke Fasa 3 bukan sahaja menurunkan kadar jangkitan COVID-19 malah sedikit sebanyak berjaya mendidik masyarakat agar lebih menghargai alam sekitar dan bagaimana ianya memainkan peranan penting dalam kehidupan harian kita.

Walaupun pihak kerajaan telah mengumumkan perintah kawalan pergerakan bersyarat (PKPB) Fasa 4 bermula 4hb Mei 2020 dan bakal berakhir pada 12hb Mei 2020, ia bukanlah tiket untuk kita melakukan kembali perkara-perkara yang menyumbang dalam pencemaran alam sekitar atau melanggar undang-undang yang bertujuan melindungi alam sekitar.

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GAIK Bantah Cadangan Insinerator di Jeram, Kuala Selangor

Kenyataan Media                                                     29 April 2020

Gabungan Anti-Insinerator Kebangsaan (GAIK) ingin menarik perhatian orang ramai bahawa sebuah insinerator sedang dicadangkan di Pusat Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Bersepadu Jeram di Mukim Jeram, Daerah Kuala Selangor, Selangor. Projek yang dicadangkan adalah insinerator piringan bergerak, yang digelar sebagai loji “sisa kepada tenaga”, berkapasiti 1,200 tan/hari yang lokasinya bersebelahan dengan tapak pelupusan sisa Jeram.

Pengumuman dan ringkasan eksekutif laporan Penilaian Impak Alam Sekeliling (EIA) projek yang dicadangkan sedang dipaparkan di laman web Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS). Laporan EIA lengkap projek boleh dilayari di https://www.europasia.com.my/projects/eia-report-jeram/

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ALERT: Incinerator proposed in Jeram, Kuala Selangor

Press Statement                                                    29 April 2020

Gabungan Anti-Insinerator Kebangsaan (GAIK) would like to alert the public that an incinerator plant is being proposed at the Jeram Integrated Solid Waste Management Centre in Mukim Jeram, District of Kuala Selangor, Selangor.  The proposed project is a 1,200 ton per day capacity moving grate incinerator located next to the existing Jeram Sanitary Landfill, and touted as a waste-to-energy plant.

The notification and executive summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the proposed project are currently being displayed at the website of the Department of Environment (DOE). The full EIA report of the project can be accessed online at  https://www.europasia.com.my/projects/eia-report-jeram/.

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State Authorities Should be Stringent in Curbing Illegal Activities in Permanent Reserved Forests and State Land

Media Statement.                                     28 April 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kelantan State Authority to take stringent action to curb encroachment and illegal exploration activities for mining purposes in the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) and state land especially during the movement control order (MCO).

Although Malaysia is still implementing the MCO, the State Authority should direct the relevant agencies to take proactive action upon receiving public complaints or reports published by the media.

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Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Perlu Tegas Membendung Kegiatan Pencerobohan dan Penerokaan Haram Kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal dan Tanah Kerajaan

Kenyataan Media                                       28 April 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Kelantan tegas dalam membendung kegiatan pencerobohan dan penerokaan haram untuk tujuan perlombongan di kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) dan Tanah Kerajaan terutama dalam tempoh perintah kawalan pergerakan (PKP).

Walaupun negara masih dalam tempoh pelaksanaan PKP, Pihak Berkuasa Negeri perlu mengarahkan agensi-agensi yang berkenaan melakukan tindakan proaktif apabila menerima aduan awam atau laporan yang disiarkan oleh pihak media.

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