SAM urges swift action on flash flood problem faced by Sungai Bakau residents

Beginilah sisa lumpur dari kolam ternakan ikan  keli yg mendap dlm saliran   Gambar : SAM

Media Statement                                                                                                    5th April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urged the Irrigation and Drainage Department, Kerian District Council and Perak Fisheries Department to immediately investigate the cause of the flash floods that are occurring frequentlyin Kampung Tanah 100 Sungai Bakau near Parit Buntar here.

The flash floods that have been occurring for more than 10 years have become more frequent and the floodwaters have damaged equipment and furniture in several houses in the village. 

This problem has been reported to the relevant authorities but until now no action has been taken to address the problem effectively. 

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SAM gesa masalah banjir penduduk Sungai Bakau ditangani segera

Seorang penduduk yg terlibat menunjukkan limpahan air darikolam ternakan ikan keli berhampiran rumahnya  Gambar : SAM

 

Kenyataan AKbar                                  5 April 2019

Sahabat  Alam Malaysia (SAM)  menggesa  Jabatan  Pengairan  dan Saliran (JPS),  Majlis Daerah Kerian (MDK)  dan  Jabatan  Perikanan Perak segera menyiasat punca masalah banjir kilat yang sering berlaku di Kampung Tanah 100 Sungai Bakau dekat Parit Buntar di sini.

Kejadian yang berlarutan sejak lebih 10 tahun yang lalu itu kini semakin kerap berlaku menyebabkan peralatan serta perabut di beberapa buah rumah di kampung berkenaan mengalami kerosakan.

Masalah ini telah dimaklumkan kepada pihak berwajib namun hingga sekarang tidak ada  tindakan yang diambil bagi menangani masalah tersebut dengan berkesan.

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Is the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) Safe?

Comment                             05 April 2019 

On 08 July 2014, 15 people including the current Bentong Member of Parliament Wong Tack were charged for protesting against Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in the Kuantan Sessions Court. 10 of them were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code and 5 others under Section 147 of the same. On 06 July 2018, all 15 were found guilty and fined between RM1,500 and RM1,600. An appeal was filed against the conviction. On 13 March 2019, all 15 withdrew their appeal against the government. Please see following links.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2014/07/08/court-wong-tack-protest-lynas/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/06/bentong-mp-14-others-found-guilty-over-2014-antilynas-protest/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/03/13/wong-tack-14-others-withdraw-appeals-against-conviction-in-antilynas-protest/

During their case at the Sessions Court in Kuantan, Mr Chan Chee Koon, a former professor at University Malaya with a strong list of credentials was called to give evidence on whether the plant is safe. He prepared a full statement basing it on background documents he was privy to where he reviewed them and gave his professional view. Read his full statement here.

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Lynas should stop misleading information about its radioactive wastes

Press Statement                                     4 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) state that Lynas should stop misleading the public about its wastes.

We say this in response to Lynas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. that our statement carried in the media today “is factually inaccurate” when we said that the wastes from the water leached purification (WLP) process should be removed from Malaysia, as these wastes cannot be regarded as naturally-occurring radioactive material (NORM), but are in fact technologically-enhanced, and have been made dangerous by technological processes.

It is indeed misleading of Lynas to claim as “a scientific fact” that the WLP residue is “naturally occurring.” Lynas claims that “there is NO technological enhancement of the low level, naturally occurring radionuclides (Thorium and Uranium).”

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Kenyataan Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan mengenai Lynas Tidak Dapat Diterima

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  3 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) agak terkejut dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md. Yusof bahawa Lynas Malaysia tidak seharusnya diarahkan menghantar semula  sisanya ke Australia, memandangkan pelaburan kilang itu “terlalu besar untuk diketepikan.”

Bagi kami, kenyataan Menteri berkenaan tidak dapat diterima sama sekali kerana ternyata beliau lebih mengutamakan keuntungan syarikat berbanding keselamatan penduduk Malaysia dan alam sekitar.

Tambahan pula, bukanlah menjadi mandat Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan untuk campur tangan dalam bidang kuasa Kementerian Tenaga, Sains dan Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Cuaca (MESTECC), yang bertanggungjawab mengendalikan sisa toksik dan bahan radioaktif yang dikeluarkan oleh kilang Lynas di Gebeng, Kuantan.

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Entrepreneur Minister’s Statement on Lynas Unacceptable

Press Release                                         3 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) are shocked by the recent statement of Entrepreneur Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, who had said that Lynas Malaysia should not be compelled to export its wastes back to Australia, as the plant’s investments are “too big to ignore”.

We find the Minister’s statement completely unacceptable as it clearly reflects that he is putting the profits of the company over and above the safety of the Malaysian people and the environment.

Moreover, it is not the Entrepreneur Minister’s mandate to interfere with the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), who is responsible for handling the toxic and radioactive wastes generated by the Lynas Plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

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Perhatian Segera Diperlukan Dalam Penyesuaian Kepada Kesan Perubahan Iklim

Surat Kepada Pengarang                        26 Mac 2019

Berada berhampiran dengan garisan khatulistiwa, ‘musim panas yang berterusan’ bukanlah perkara baharu bagi Malaysia. Bagaimanapun, dalam beberapa minggu yang lepas, kepanasan iklim tropika ini menjadi semakin kuat – menyebabkan ramai rakyat Malaysia (yang mampu) memastikan pendingin hawa berada pada tahap paling sejuk bagi menyejukkan badan. Kitaran El Nino, fasa panas El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) telah tiba lagi dan dijangka berterusan sehingga Mei. Walaupun Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia (MET) menyatakan ia tidak terlalu kuat seperti 2016 (tertinggi di Alor Setar, Kedah dan Chuping, Perlis dengan suhu 38.5°C) dan 1998 (tertinggi di Chuping, Perlis dengan suhu 40.1°C), suhu maksimum harian antara 36°C dan 38°C yang dirasakan beberapa minggu yang lepas amat ketara.[[1]]  

Melangkaui ketidakselesaan harian yang disebabkan oleh kepanasan, kekurangan taburan hujan ketika musim ini memberikan kesan buruk kepada bekalan air kita – sama ada bagi penggunaan domestik, komersial, pembuatan dan bagi pengeluaran makanan. Kepanasan yang melampau dan kemarau juga akan menyebabkan insiden kebakaran hutan yang tinggi, yang bukan hanya meningkatkan suhu tempatan tetapi juga mencemarkan udara dengan partikel asap (jerubu); yang boleh membawa kepada pelbagai masalah kesihatan, daripada keadaan sementara seperti gatal atau pedih mata, kerengsaan tekak atau hidung berair; sehinggalah kepada penyakit pernafasan seperti bronkitis dan asma.

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Urgent attention needed in adapting to climate change impacts

Letter to the Editor                                   5 March 2019 

Being close to the equator, the ‘perpetual summer’ in Malaysia is nothing new. In the past few weeks however, the heat of the tropical climate has been amplified - sending many Malaysians (who can afford it) reaching for their air conditioning remote control to cool themselves down. The El Niño cycle, the warm phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has arrived yet again and is forecasted to remain until May. And although the Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MET) stated it would not be as intense as the ones in 2016 (highest in Alor Setar, Kedah and Chuping, Perlis at 38.5°C) and 1998 (highest in Chuping, Perlis at 40.1°C), the daily maximum temperature between 36°C and 38°C felt in previous week is close enough[1].

Beyond the daily discomfort caused by the sweltering heat, the reduced rainfall during this season is having dire implications on our water supply - whether it is for domestic use, commercial, manufacturing and for food production. The extreme heat and drought will also cause higher incidences of bushfires, which not only increases the localised temperature but also pollutes the air with smoke particles (i.e. haze); bringing about a range of health issues, from temporary conditions such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation or runny nose; to aggravating existing respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma.

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SAM bimbang nasib nelayan Sungai Kim Kim

Kenyataan AKbar                                     21 Mac 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) merasa bimbang terhadap masa depan 250 nelayan yang bergantung hidup kepada hasil tangkapan di Sungai Kim Kim yang teruk dicemari bahan kimia baru-baru ini.

SAM menggesa kerajaan Johor, jabatan serta agensi berkaitan mengambil tindakan segera bagi memulihkan kesan pencemaran tersebut agar hidupan di dalam sungai berkenaan kembali membiak demi kelangsungan hidup nelayan terbabit.

Mengulas laporan akhbar tempatan (Mingguan Malaysia: 17 Mac 2019) mengenai perkara iniSAM berharap pembelaan sewajarnya diberikan kepada mereka kerana ia menjadi sumber pendapatan utama bagi menyara kehidupan keluarga.

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200 inshore fishermen in Teluk Bahang threatened by mud waste pollution

Press Statement                                     19 March 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang government, Department of Environment (DOE) and the Marine Department to conduct investigation and take immediate action to overcome the mud waste pollution at the waters off Teluk Bahang.

The problem which has been going on for the past one year has escalated recently and threatens the livelihood of more than 200 inshore fishermen in the surrounding area.

In a survey conducted by SAM, the affected fishermen informed us that the cause of the pollution is believed to be from vessels/barges containing mud waste or sludge, disposing the waste on their way from the reclamation site at Gurney Drive to Pulau Kendi.

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