Operasi Kuari Haram Di Teluk Bahang Menunjukkan Kecuaian Pihak Kerajaan

Kenyataan Akbar                                       1 Oktober 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) terkejut membaca laporan akhbar bahawa terdapat suatu kuari granite yang beroperasi secara haram yang sedang menjalankan aktiviti harian walaupun pihak berkuasa tahu akan kewujudan operasinya sejak 2016. Menurut laporan akhbar The Star hari ini, kerajaan negeri telah mengetahui akan kuari haram ini semenjak pendedahan mengenainya pada Mei 2016.

Selanjutnya, dilaporkan bahawa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) telah mengeluarkan notis berhenti kerja pada bulan Februari dan Mei tahun ini tetapi operator terus menjalankan kerja-kerja kuari seperti biasa.

Ia adalah amat menghairankan dan mengejutkan kerana pihak kerajaan tidak bertindak dengan lebih tegas walaupun operator kuari tidak mematuhi perintah berhenti kerja dan melanggar semua peraturan-peraturan yang sedia ada.

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Illegal quarry in Teluk Bahang shows gross negligence by government authorities

Press Statement                                            1 Oct 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn from media reports that an illegal granite quarry has been carrying out its activities despite the authorities knowing of its operations since 2016. According to media reports today (in the Star), the state government has known about the illegal quarry since its expose in May 2016.

Further, it has been reported that the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had issued a stop-work notice in February and May this year but the operator continued to carry out the quarry works.

It is indeed mind-boggling and shocking that the government authorities have not acted with more urgency, despite the non-compliance by the quarry operator of the stop-work orders and the violation of all the relevant laws in place.

To compound matters, the illegal operations have been taking place partly on hill lands above 76m (250 ft.), which is contrary to the Penang Structure Plan, especially for activities of this sort which involves quarrying and blasting.

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Hari Antarabangsa Perjuangan menentang Perladangan Monokultur Kayu: Perladangan monokultur di ambang darurat iklim

Kenyataan Akbar                                        21 September 2019
September 21 adalah Hari Antarabangsa Perjuangan menentang Perladangan Monokultur Kayu, hari di mana gerakan masyarakat sivil dan komuniti di seluruh dunia memperingati penentangan ke atas perladangan monokultur kayu yang telah memusnahkan ekosistem dan mengancam komuniti. Walaupun ianya dimulakan oleh komuniti yang terjejas oleh perladangan monokultur kayu di Brazil pada tahun 2004, kemusnahan ekosistem dan kesan-kesan sosial yang dicetuskan oleh apa juga jenis monokultur yang besar adalah pada dasarnya sama sahaja, apa pun tanaman pilihannya.
Lebih dari sebulan, jerebu yang merentasi sempadan yang disebabkan oleh kebakaran hutan di Sumatra dan Kalimantan telah terus bertiup di Malaysia, Singapura dan Brunei, dan akhirnya telah tiba di Filipina pada minggu ini. Perkara ini telah terus berlaku untuk lebih dari dua dekad. Di Brazil, hutan Amazon juga telah terbakar oleh sebab yang sama – kebakaran yang dicetuskan oleh pembangunan perladangan monokultur. Sementara itu, kebakaran luarbiasa telah turut berlaku di Siberia, Australia dan Artik, membuktikan bahawa kebimbangan tentang perubahan iklim tidak boleh lagi disangkal begitu sahaja. Semalam, dan berterusan di hujung minggu ini, mogok tentang perubahan iklim terus dianjurkan di seluruh dunia, kebanyakannya dipimpin oleh anak-anak muda.
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International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations: Monoculture plantations in the face of climate emergency

Press Statment                                          21  September 2019
September 21 is the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations, a day for civil society and community movements around the world to honour the resistance against the expansion of monoculture tree plantations that have destroyed ecosystems and threatened communities. Although it was started by communities impacted by tree monoculture plantations in Brazil in 2004, the ecological destruction and social impacts of any type of large monoculture is generally similar, whatever the crop of choice is. 
For over a month, the transboundary haze caused by the forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan has continued to blow across Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, reaching the Philippines this week. This has occurred continually for over two decades. In Brazil, the Amazon forest is also burning for the same reason – fires caused by monoculture plantation development. Meanwhile, areas in Siberia, Australia and even the Artic have also recently burnt with an unusual intensity, giving rise to climate change concerns that can no longer be ignored. Yesterday, and continuing over the weekend, climate change strikes are taking place all over the world, largely propelled by young people.
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Penglibatan Polis Dalam Melindungi Hidupan Liar Amat Diperlukan

Surat Kepada Pengarang                        18 September 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) memuji tindakan Ketua Polis Negara (IGP), Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador yang menunjukkan sifat menjaga dan tanggungjawab bagi melindungi hidupan liar negara kita. Beliau membuat kenyataan yang amat positif bagi memerangi penyeludupan dan pemerdagangan dengan menggerakkan unit udara, laut dan darat bagi membantu Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar membanteras jenayah hidupan liar di darat, laut dan udara.

Jaminan daripada IGP bahawa undang-undang yang lebih keras dan tindakan serta langkah yang lebih drastik untuk memastikan pemburu haram dibawa ke muka pengadilan di bawah undang-undang Malaysia amat dialu-alukan. Perdagangan haram antarabangsa hidupan liar dan produk hidupan liar telah mencapai ke tahap krisis. Ia menjadi ancaman kepada kewujudan spesies ikonik dan menjadi penyebab kepada kepupusan hidupan liar.

Ancaman penyeludupan hidupan liar yang semakin berkembang memerlukan seruan untuk tindakan dan semakin diakui oleh kerajaan, pertubuhan pemuliharaan dan agensi penguatkuasaan undang-undang. Oleh sebab itu terdapat keperluan segera bagi mengambil kesempatan terhadap konsensus ini dan bergerak ke arah daripada hanya mengakui masalah kepada mengenal pasti strategi dan pendekatan yang boleh mencegah perdagangan ini dengan berjaya.

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Police involvement in protecting wildlife is much needed

Letter to the Editor                                    18 September 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) commends the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador for his duty of care and national responsibility towards the protection of our nation’s wildlife.  He has made positive statements to combat the smuggling and trafficking scourge with the mobilisation of air, marine and land units to assist the Wildlife Department in thwarting wildlife crime on land, air and sea.   

The assurance from the IGP of tougher laws and more drastic measures and actions to ensure more poachers are brought to justice under Malaysian law is most welcome.  The international illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products has reached crisis proportions.  It is a threat to the existence of iconic species and is a significant cause of the depletion of wildlife.

The growing menace of wildlife trafficking necessitates a call to action which is increasingly recognised by governments, conservation organisations and law enforcement agencies.  There is an urgent need therefore to capitalise on this consensus and move forward from just recognising the problem to identifying the strategies and approaches that can successfully prevent this trade.

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ASEAN must step up action to halt Indonesian forest fires

Press Statment                                        13 September 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the move by the Malaysian Prime Minister in reaching out to his Indonesian counterpart in addressing the increasing transboundary haze problem which is seriously affecting Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

We sincerely hope that urgent measures will be taken by the Indonesian authorities to halt the forest fires stemming from Indonesia, as monitoring data from the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) has shown that the majority of the hotspots are seen in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

The recurrence of the haze problem raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution which came into effect in 2014 and over the implementation of the ‘Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control,’ which envisions ASEAN to be haze-free by 2020, which now seems like an impossible task.

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Losing sharks and rays will have unintended consequences

Letter to Editor                                         12 September 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is devastated to learn that Malaysia had voted against the protection of shark species at risk of extinction.  The fate of the world’s sharks is in the hands of the top 20 shark catchers, Malaysia included, many of whom have failed to demonstrate what  they are doing to save these imperiled species. They need to take action to stop the decline in shark populations and help ensure that the list of species threatened by overfishing and over finning does not continue to grow.

The commitment by the proponent countries to conserve some of the oceans awe inspiring creatures at risk of extinction is  commendable.  However the protection of sharks and rays under the  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is not a ban on the 18 shark species, but rather to control trade to ensure that international trade in sharks and shark-like fish does not drive them to extinction. 

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Menangani Kepupusan Harimau

Surat Kepada Pengarang                                   28 Ogos 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan berita mengenai komitmen kerajaan untuk menangani masalah pemburuan haram dengan meningkatkan lagi sumber manusia melalui batalion khas yang ditugaskan untuk membantu Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar (PERHILITAN) dalam mengawal hutan negara.

Bilangan harimau dianggarkan hanya tinggal kira-kira 250 ekor. Ini amat membimbangkan. Semua usaha di masa lalu tidak berkesan untuk menyelamatkan harimau. Ia hanya dapat memperlahankan kadar kemerosotannya. Waktu untuk berpeluk tubuh terhadap kelenyapan hutan dan kepupusan hidupan liar kita telah lama berlalu.

Menangguhkan tindakan untuk satu lagi dekad bukan pilihan lagi. Kini tiba masanya untuk bertindak segera dalam usaha untuk mencapai visi bagi menggandakan bilangan harimau dalam tempoh 12 tahun akan datang.

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Tackling the Diminishing of Tigers

Letter to the Editor                                      28 August 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is heartened to learn of the Government’s commitment to battle poaching by increasing manpower through a special battalion assigned to aid the Wildlife Department in the patrol of the country’s jungles. 

The number of wild tigers estimated to be left is only about 250. This is alarming.  All efforts in the past are not working to save the tigers.  At best they have only slowed the rate of their decline.  The time for mere hand wringing over our disappearing forests and diminishing wildlife has long passed.

Deferring action for another decade is not an option anymore.  It is time to act now and fast in order to achieve the vision to double tiger numbers in the next 12 years.

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