Bantahan Terhadap Cadangan Kuari Batu Kapur Di Gua Kelambu, Daerah Baling, Kedah

Kenyataan Akbar                                      24 Julai 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) membantah cadangan kuari batu kapur di Gua Kelambu, Lot PT 1, Mukim Pulai, Daerah Baling, Kedah berdasarkan beberapa perkara berikut:-

TEMPOH SAH LAPORAN EIA TELAH TAMAT

Tarikh kelulusan melanjutkan tempoh Laporan Penilaian Kesan Kepada Alam Sekeliling (Laporan EIA) bagi Cadangan Kuari Batu Kapur di Gua Kelambu, Lot PT 1, Mukim Pulai, Daerah Baling, Kedah cadangan projek ialah 6 Februari 2017.

Kelulusan Laporan EIA hanya sah diterima pakai dalam tempoh dua (2) tahun dari surat kelulusan dikeluarkan.

PERCANGGAHAN ZON

Mengikut Rancangan Tempatan Daerah Baling 2020 (RTD Baling 2020) yang diwartakan pada 29 Disember 2011, pengezonan kawasan cadangan projek (Blok Perancangan Kecil 4.3 - BPK 4.3) ialah hutan. 

Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Negeri Kedah (JPBD Kedah) tidak boleh mengeluarkan kawasan zon hutan kepada zon kuari batu kapur melainkan telah dilaku dan diluluskan suatu pengubahan, pemansuhan atau penggantian RTD mengikut Subseksyen 16(1), Akta Perancangan Bandar dan Desa 1976 (Akta 172).

 

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54 community organizations and NGOs oppose genetically modified mr219 rice field tests

Press Statement                                       22 July 2019

Referring to the announcement on the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) website, the National Biosafety Board (LBK), is evaluating an application from the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) to conduct a confined field trial on genetically modified rice (GM rice) that is tolerant to glyphosate and resistant to paddy diseases caused by bacteria and fungi. This experiment will reportedly to be carried out at MARDI Arau Station, located in the Tambun Tulang area, in Perlis.

The GM rice that will be tested comes from the well-known Malaysian variety of MR219 with an additional characteristic of tolerant to glyphosate herbicide and susceptibility to bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae and fungus Pyricularia spp. This GM rice is not produced by a typical hybrid method but it is produced in a laboratory using genetic modification technology to create a novel GM rice that does not exist in nature. The application to plant GM paddy in the field has raised serious concerns over its impact on humans and the environment.

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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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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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