Sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in Batu Maung turned dump site

Scotched mangrove trees at illlegal dumpaite   Picture : SAM

Press Statement                                     30 January 2019

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in the middle of Pekan Baru Batu Maung and adjacent to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Park is threatened by irresponsible dumping of waste.

Subsequently, the brackish river flowing through the mangrove forest here is inevitably polluted by leachates into a sensitive ecosystem sustained by the mangrove forest located at the back of the Fisheries Research Institute Malaysia.

In the 1960’s before the development of the Penang Airport, Bayan Lepas Free Trade Industrial Zone and other development, this area was fringed by thick mangroves. Most recently in the past few decades, there remained about 20 hectares of mangrove forest. However due to recent intrusive activities, two areas totalling about 15 percent of the entire area have been rendered barren.

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Masalah Pencerobohan Bot Pukat Tunda Dan Aktiviti Bot Pukat Kenka KEHIDUPAN LEBIH 2,000 NELAYAN PANTAI PULAU PINANG TERJEJAS

Nelayan Pantai Pulau Pinang Diancam Bot Pukat Tunda dan Bot Pukat Kenka   Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Akhbar                                   24 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Jabatan Perikanan dan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) untuk mempergiatkan operasi membanteras pencerobohan bot pukat tunda dan aktiviti bot kenka di kawasan tangkapan nelayan pantai di Pulau Pinang.

Gesaan ini dibuat berikutan aduan oleh nelayan-nelayan pantai negeri tersebut kepada SAM bahawa masalah itu semakin serius berlaku menyebabkan sumber pendapatan mereka teruk terjejas. Bot pukat tunda yang terlibat ialah dari Teluk Bahang dan Batu Maung, manakala bot kenka pula dari Kuala Muda, Bakau Tua dan Penaga daerah Seberang Perai Utara (SPU)

Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati lebih 2,000 nelayan pantai di 10 pengkalan iaitu Pulau Betong, Kuala Jalan Baru, Pantai Malindo, Kuala Sungai Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Kumbar, Telok Tempoyak, Batu Maung, Permatang Damar Laut dan Sungai Batu mengalami kesempitan hidup kerana masalah ini.

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SAM Sokong Langkah Kerajaan Persekutuan Saman Kerajaan Kelantan

Sebahagian Orang Asli membuat halangan masuk              Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Akhbar                                   22 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan saman sivil yang pertama kali dikemukakan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan terhadap Kerajaan Kelantan. SAM memuji kesungguhan dan keikhlasan kerajaan dalam mengiktiraf, menghormati dan menegakkan hak Orang Asli di negara ini seperti mana yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan.

Sejak sekian lama komuniti penduduk asal, komuniti di negara ini yang paling terpinggir telah berjuang untuk menyuarakan hak mereka agar didengari dan diiktiraf melalui pelbagai cara. Dengan saman ini, kami berharap Kerajaan akan mula melihat terhadap pembaharuan semua undang-undang dan dasar sewaktu rejim lama yang kurang menghormati dan mengiktiraf hak adat penduduk asal.

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SAM Supports Federal Government Move to Sue Kelantan Government

 

The Temiar community of Gua Musang, Kelantan                      Picture: SAM

Press Statement                                     19 JANUARY 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the first of a kind civil suit brought by the Federal Government against Kelantan. SAM applauds the Government's seriousness and sincerity in recognising, respecting and upholding the rights of the Orang Asli in the country as per our Constitution.

For long, indigenous communities, the country's most marginalised have been struggling to have their voices heard and their rights recognised through various means. With this suit, we hope that the Government will begin looking at reforming all laws and policies put in place during the old regime which have stopped short of respecting and recognising the customary rights of indigenous peoples.

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Drains at Batu Maung polluted by residual waste

dirty river in Batu Maung                        Picture : SAM

Media Statement                                       17 January 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Department of Environment (DOE) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) to investigate and take immediate action to overcome residual waste pollution problem in drains near Batu Maung here. 

Investigations made by SAM shows that the condition of the area is very disgusting and has foul smell. Drains here are not only filled with variety of residual waste including plastic but also the water in it is of dark black colour and is foamy.

Near the channel at the side of the drain, reddish fluid spots are visible and it is very dubious and worrying is it contains harmful substance.

SAM believes that is the drain is not clean and the act of throwing residual waste carries on, pollution problems in this area will spread especially during rain where all the waste will be carried by the current to the sea.

Concerns are more if the residual waste contains toxic substance causing more harm to the environment, human life and sea life in the coming future.

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Longkang di Batu Maung dicemari sisa buangan

Keadaan Sungai yang kotor                    Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  17 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP),Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) menyiasat serta mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah pencemaran sisa buangan di dalam longkang dekat Batu Maung di sini.

Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati keadaan di kawasan itu amat menjijikan serta bau busuk. Longkang di sini bukan saja di penuhi berbagai sisa buangan termasuk plastik malah air di dalamnya juga berwarna hitam pekat dan berbuih.

Berhampiran saluran yang terdapat di tepi longkang di sini kelihatan tompok cecair berwarna kemerah-merahan dan ia amat meragukan dan dibimbangi mengandungi bahan berbahaya.

SAM percaya jika longkang terbabit tidak dibersihkan dan perbuatan membuang sisa di sini berterusan masalah pencemaran di kawasan tersebut akan merebak terutama ketika hujan di mana segala bahan kotoran akan di bawa arus ke laut.

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Harimau Semakin Terancam

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  14 Januari 2019

Harimau kita semakin terancam! Kewujudannya semakin lenyap. Ahli ekologi dan kumpulan pemuliharaan harimau terus memberikan amaran mengenai harimau, malah tiada sesuatu dilakukan untuk menangani kepupusan haiwan ini.

Penyebab kepupusan harimau amat jelas. Pelakunya adalah musuh yang sama – pemburu dan perosak habitat harimau – mereka yang sama yang membunuh banyak spesies lain. Pemburuan harimau dilakukan sebahagian besarnya bagi memuaskan permintaan bagi bahagian anggota haiwan dalam perubatan tradisional Cina yang menunjukkan tiada tanda berkurang.

Terdapat kesan yang menjejaskan bagi harimau di seluruh dunia apabila China menarik balik pengharaman terhadap tanduk badak dan tulang harimau untuk digunakan dalam ubatan Cina tradisional; walaupun ia tidak mempunyai nilai terapeutik. China mewujudkan pasaran sah yang besar bagi anggota haiwan yang diburu. Langkah ini boleh menjadi hukuman mati bagi Badak dan Harimau. Ia akan merangsang permintaan dan penyeludupan produk ini. Ini juga akan menyediakan peluang bagi penyeludup untuk menyeludup anggota haiwan yang diburu mereka.

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The tiger's vanishing paw prints

Press Statement                                      14 Jan 2019
 
Our tigers, the acme of power and grace, are in dire straits! It’s unthinkable that our tigers’ footprints are vanishing from our Malaysian soil. Ecologists and tiger conservation groups keep sounding the alarm bell for our tigers, yet is anything being done to address the causes of the animal’s  decline?  

Causes of the tiger’s decline are depressingly familiar. The culprits are the same old enemies—remorseless poachers and despoilers of the tiger’s habitat—the same ones that are killing off many other species.  The poaching of tigers is carried out largely to satisfy a demand for body parts in traditional Chinese medicine that shows no sign of waning.

There will be devastating consequences for tigers globally now that China is lifting the ban on rhino horns and tiger bones for use in traditional Chinese medicine; even though they have no therapeutic value whatsoever. China is creating a huge legal market for poached animal parts. This move could be a death sentence for both rhinos and tigers. It will inevitably stimulate demand and the trafficking of such products. This will also provide ample opportunities for traffickers to launder their poached animal parts.

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SAM Questions Selangor’s Commitment to Protect Permanent Reserved Forests

Media Statement                                   26 November 2018

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) objects to the proposal by the Selangor State Authority to excise two more Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) in the state of Selangor.

The PRFs proposed to be excised are part of Sungai Buloh Forest Reserve (HS Sungai Buloh) in Petaling District covering 1.2418 hectares and part of Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve (HS Bukit Lagong) in Gombak District covering 28.3 hectares.

HS Sungai Buloh is significant because it is the oldest Permanent Reserved Forest in Malaysia.  Since its establishment on 14 January 1898, from time to time, a large portion of the Sungai Buloh Forest Reserve (original area covered 6,590ha) had been excised and sacrificed for development.

At present HS Sungai Buloh has been reduced to a mere 25ha only.  Hence it is desirable for the area covering HS Sungai Buloh is maintained as a natural heritage protection area.

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Sahabat Alam Malaysia Persoal Komitmen dan Iltizam Selangor Pertahan Hutan Simpanan Kekal

Kenyataan Media                                     26 November 2018

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) membantah cadangan Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Selangor untuk memansuhkan lagi dua kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) di negeri Selangor.

Dua kawasan HSK tersebut ialah sebahagian Hutan Simpan Sungai Buloh (HS Sungai Buloh), Daerah Petaling seluas 1.2418 hektar dan sebahagian Hutan Simpan Bukit Lagong, Daerah Gombak seluas 28.3 hektar.

HS Sungai Buloh mempunyai signifikan kerana merupakan HSK tertua di Malaysia.

Sejak ditubuhkan pada 14 Januari 1898, dari semasa ke semasa sebahagian besar keluasan HS Sungai Buloh (keluasan asal: 6,590 hektar) telah dimansuhkan dan dikorban atas nama pembangunan

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