54 organisasi masyarakat dan ngo malaysia bantah uji kaji lapangan organisma diubahsuai genetik

Kenyataan Akbar                               22 Julai 2019

Merujuk kepada hebahan di laman web Kementerian Air, Tanah, Dan Sumber Asli (KATS), Lembaga Biokeselamatan Kebangsaan (LBK), sedang menilai satu permohonan dari pihak Institut Penyelidikan Dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI) untuk melaksanakan uji kaji lapangan terkawal padi yang telah diubahsuai genetiknya (Padi GM) supaya tahan terhadap racun glyphosate, serta penyakit padi yang disebabkan oleh bakteria dan kulat. Uji kaji ini dilaporkan akan dilaksanakan di Stesen MARDI Arau, terletak di kawasan Tambun Tulang, Perlis.

Padi GM yang akan diuji ini berasal dari varieti terkenal Malaysia iaitu MR219 dengan ciri tambahan toleran terhadap racun glyphosate dan rentan terhadap bakteria Xanthomonas Oryzae pv Oryzae dan kulat Pyricularia spp. Padi GM ini bukan dihasilkan dengan kaedah kacukan biasa tetapi ia dihasilkan di dalam makmal menggunakan teknologi pengubahsuaian genetik dengan mencampurkan bahan DNA dari tiga hidupan berbeza iaitu padi MR219, bakteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens dan padi Japonica. Permohonan untuk menaman padi GM di lapangan ini telah menimbulkan kebimbangan serius terhadap kesannya kepada manusia dan alam sekitar.

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Large monoculture plantations continue to threaten the NCR and forests in Sarawak

Press Release                                            21 July 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the launch of our publication – ‘The Land We Lost – Native customary rights and monoculture plantations in Sarawak’, the outcome of our research on how large pulp and paper, timber tree and oil palm plantations have caused deforestation, river pollution and the violations of native customary rights (NCR) in Sarawak.

This publication stresses on the importance of understanding the context of large monoculture plantations in Sarawak accurately, as it entails two destructive factors that cannot be denied in any way. First, it involves the destruction of forests, rivers and the environment. This is in fact a post-logging development, which began in the 1990s, as a result of the depletion in natural timber resources caused by the excessive logging conducted between the 1980s and 1990s. Second, it involves the violations of the NCR. Both factors are caused by various systemic weaknesses in governance, policy and law, which have failed to ensure sustainable forestry management and provide land tenure security for the NCR.

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Perladangan besar monokultur terus mengancam NCR dan hutan di Sarawak

Kenyataan Akhbar                                     21 Julai 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) ingin mengumumkan pelancaran penerbitan The Land We Lost – Native customary rights and monoculture plantations in Sarawak (Tanah Kami yang Hilang – Hak tanah adat dan perladangan monokultur di Sarawak), hasil penyelidikan kami tentang bagaimana perladangan besar kayu kertas, kayu balak dan sawit, telah menyebabkan kemusnahan hutan, pencemaran sungai dan pencabulan hak tanah adat (NCR) di Sarawak.

Penerbitan ini menegaskan perlunya kita memahami konteks perladangan monokultur besar di Sarawak dengan tepat, kerana ianya melibatkan dua buah faktor kemusnahan yang tidak boleh disangkal sama sekali. Pertama, ia telah menyebabkan kemusnahan hutan, sungai dan alam sekitar. Ini sebenarnya merupakan sebuah perkembangan pasca-pembalakan, bermula pada lewat 1990an, setelah sumber kayu balak semakin berkurangan akibat dari pembalakan tidak terkawal yang dilakukan pada 1980an dan 1990an. Kedua, ia telah melibatkan pencabulan hak tanah adat. Dua buah faktor ini berlaku akibat dari pelbagai kelemahan sistemik dari sudut kepemerintahan, polisi dan perundangan yang gagal memastikan pengurusan hutan yang lestari dan memberikan jaminan pegangan tanah terhadap NCR.

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Explain cause of serious haze in Penang

Press Release                                          5 July 2019

Over the past few days, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has been noticing a serious haze problem occurring in Penang with very poor visibility.

We are wondering why the haze is occurring and SAM would like a clarification from the Department of Environment (DOE) about the state of the air quality in Penang.

With the rather high temperatures these past few weeks in the region of 30 degrees C and above and with no rains, the haze seems to have come back.

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Jelaskan Sebab Keadaan Jerebu yang Serius di Pulau Pinang

Siaran Akhbar                                          5 Julai 2019 

Sejak beberapa hari lalu, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mendapati masalah jerebu yang serius berlaku lagi di Pulau Pinang dengan jarak padangan yang amat buruk.

Kami tertanya-tanya kenapa jerebu berlaku dan SAM ingin mendapatkan penjelasan daripada Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) mengenai keadaan kualiti udara di Pulau Pinang.

Dengan kadar suhu yang amat tinggi sejak beberapa minggu di kawasan ini dengan 30 darjah Celsius dan lebih dengan ketiadaan hujan, jerebu kelihatan kembali semula.

Adakah kebakaran hutan berlaku semula di Indonesia atau adakah kebakaran berlaku di kawasan utara yang menyumbang kepada jerebu?

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NGOs support call for temporary closure of chemical factories in Pasir Gudang

Press Release                                           2 July 2019

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) express our support for the call made by the Pasir Gudang Member of Parliament Hassan Karim, for the temporary closure of the factories suspected of being responsible for the spate of ill health among students and teachers in the area, including kindergarten kids.

Under Regulation 24 of the Clean Air Regulations 2014, the Director-General of the Environment (DG) has powers to order the closure of any premises from further operations until remedial measures are put in place, in the event of an ‘undesirable occurrence,’ which includes pollution that seriously threatens the environment, or public health and safety that warrants an immediate halt. 

The purpose of this provision is to safeguard public health, safety and welfare, and given the significant number of victims impacted by the pollution, it is urgent for the DG of Environment to act accordingly.

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NGO Sokong Gesaan Penutupan Sementara Kilang Kimia Di Pasir Gudang

Siaran Akhbar                                         2 Julai 2019

Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) dan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menyuarakan sokongan kami terhadap gesaan yang dibuat oleh Ahli Parlimen Pasir Gudang, YB. Hassan Karim, bagi penutupan sementara kilang yang disyaki bertanggungjawab terhadap serentetan kesihatan yang buruk dalam kalangan pelajar dan guru di kawasan itu, termasuklah kanak-kanak di tadika.

Di bawah Peraturan 24 Peraturan Udara Bersih 2014, Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekitar mempunyai kuasa untuk menutup mana-mana premis daripada beroperasi seterusnya sehingga langkah pemulihan dilakukan, dalam keadaan ‘kejadian yang tidak diingini’, termasuklah pencemaran serius yang mengancam alam sekitar, atau keselamatan dan kesihatan awam yang perlu dihentikan dengan segera.

Tujuan peruntukan ini ialah untuk melindungi kesihatan, keselamatan dan kebajikan awam, dan memandangkan bilangan mangsa yang menerima kesan oleh pencemaran itu amat ketara, adalah penting bagi Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekitar untuk bertindak dengan sewajarnya.

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Pasir Gudang Chemical Pollution – Call For Royal Commission Of Enquiry

Press Release                                           27 June 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal Government to set up a Royal Commission of Enquiry (RCE) into the recent spate of chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang, Johor, that has resulted in more than 100 students from more than 30 schools to have fallen ill.

Further, according to press reports, the Education Ministry has closed 475 institutions of learning to enable the authorities to address the source of the problem.

Given the gravity and seriousness of the incidents, an RCE is vital to ensure that all those responsible for the human and environmental damage caused are taken to task.

The enquiry should also include the Sungai Kim Kim pollution, although the authorities have charged some companies responsible for waste dumping activities.

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Pencemaran Bahan Kimia di Pasir Gudang – Gesa Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja Ditubuhkan

Siaran Akhbar                                         27 Jun 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCE) untuk menyiasat kejadian pencemaran bahan kimia di Pasir Gudang, Johor yang mengakibatkan lebih daripada 100 pelajar daripada lebih 30 buah sekolah jatuh sakit.

Menurut laporan berita, Kementerian Pendidikan telah menutup 475 institusi pendidikan untuk membolehkan pihak berkuasa menangani sumber pencemaran.

Memandangkan betapa seriusnya insiden itu, (RCE amat penting untuk memastikan bahawa semua mereka yang bertanggungjawab terhadap kerosakan alam sekitar dan menjejaskan manusia diambil tindakan.

Penyiasatan itu juga seharusnya termasuk pencemaran Sungai Kim Kim, walaupun pihak berkuasa telah mendakwa sesetengah syarikat yang bertanggungjawab bagi aktiviti pembuangan sisa.

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Authorities must inspect and monitor all works on slopes

Press Release                                         26 June 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association (TBRA) express our shock and alarm at yet another tragedy in the Tanjung Bungah area, near the Lost Paradise Hotel which has claimed four lives yesterday.

The Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) has stated in a press statement that the tragedy was the result of the collapse of a retaining wall which was under construction at the site, which did not have any approval from the authority.

It is indeed shocking that no approvals from the MBPP for the retaining wall construction was obtained by the owners who allowed the earthworks, which appeared to be going on even in the late evening.

Clearly, no lessons have been learnt from the tragic Granito landslide tragedy that happened on 21 October, 2017.

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