Encroachment And Illegal Cultivation In Part Of Compartments 37, 38 & 33, Bukit Larut Forest Reserve In Larut Matang & Kuala Kangsar Forest Districts, Perak

Explored Bukit Larut Forest Reserve   Picture : SAM

Media Statement                                        22 March 2020

During the period of the Movement Control Order it is highly probable for activities related to forest offences to escalate. Among the activities related to forest offences include entering a Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF) without a permit, and clearing or breaking up any land in the PRF for cultivation or any other purpose.

Based on information from the public and referring to coordinates in a topography map, it is suspected that forest clearing activities for agriculture are being carried out at part of Compartment 33 of Bukit Larut Forest Reserve (HS Bukit Larut) in the Forest District of Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

Part of Compartment 37 and Compartment 38 of HS Bukit Larut in the Larut Matang Forest District had been cleared long ago. Compartment 33 adjoins Compartment 37.

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Pencerobohan Dan Penerokaan Haram Di Sebahagian Kompartmen 37, 38 Dan 33, Hutan Simpan Bukit Larut, Daerah Hutan Larut Matang Dan Daerah Hutan Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Kawasan HS Bukit Larut yang diteroka              Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Media                                      22 Mac 2020

Di dalam tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan tidak mustahil akan berlaku kegiatan-kegiatan yang berkaitan kesalahan-kesalahan hutan. Antara kegiatan yang berkaitan kesalahan-kesalahan hutan ialah memasuki kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) tanpa permit, dan penerokaan haram kawasan HSK.

Berdasarkan makluman awam dan rujukan koordinat di peta topo, disyaki sebahagian Kompartmen 33, Hutan Simpan Bukit Larut (HS Bukit Larut) dalam Daerah Hutan Kuala Kangsar, Perak sedang dilakukan kegiatan 'clearing' dan pemusnahan litupan hutan asal untuk dijadikan sebagai kawasan pertanian.

Manakala sebahagian Kompartmen 37 dan Kompartmen 38 dalam Daerah Hutan Larut Matang telah lama diteroka. Kompartmen 33, terletak bersebelahan dengan Kompartmen 37.

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Fishers In Sungai Kerian, Nibong Tebal, Penang Concerned Of Presence Of “Kenka” Boats

The Kenka boat is tracing the river                      Picture : SAM 

Media Statement                                                    18 March 2020

It is well known that river lobsters are the main catch for 200 to 300 riverine fishers in the Kerian River in Nibong Tebal regardless whether they are full time or part-time fishers. Their daily income and catch depend on the harvest from the river but at present their income seems to have been plundered and threatened by irresponsible parties.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Komuniti Nelayan Sungai Tanjung Berembang urge the Penang Fisheries Department, Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), District & Land Office of Seberang Perai Selatan and the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID) to conduct field visit and investigate the status of a fish landing platform operating in Sungai Tok Tuntong, Nibong Tebal. The platform has been built on the riverbank of Sungai Kerian and is very unsuitable with the surrounding environment.

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Nelayan Sungai Kerian Di Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang Bimbang Dengan Kehadiran Bot Kenka

Kelihatan bot kenka sedang menyelusuri sungai dicelah sampan nelayan sungai yang sedang memancing   Gambar : SAM 

Kenyataan Media                                        18  Mac 2020

Umum mengetahui bahawa udang galah merupakan hasil tangkapan utama bagi 200 hingga 300 nelayan sungai di Sungai Kerian, Nibong Tebal tidak kira nelayan tulen ataupun nelayan sampingan. Pendapatan dan hasil tangkapan mereka bergantung kepada hasil sungai untuk menjana ekonomi harian namun kini pendapatan mereka seolah dirompak dan dirosakkan oleh mereka-mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) bersama Komuniti Nelayan Sungai Tanjung Berembang menggesa Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Pulau Pinang, Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai (MBSP), Pejabat Tanah dan Daerah Seberang Perai Selatan dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran supaya menjalankan tinjauan dan menyiasat status pelantar ikan yang sedang beroperasi di Sungai Tok Tuntong, Nibong Tebal. Pelantar tersebut dibina di tebing Sungai Kerian dan sangat tidak sesuai dengan keadaan persekitaran.

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43,502 objections of de-gazettement of the forest reserve summited to Selangor Menteri Besar Office, ExCO of Environment, Green Technology, STI and Consumer Affairs Office, and Selangor State Forestry Office

Press Release                         5 MARCH 2020

The Selangor State Government through the Selangor State Forestry Department had placed a notice inviting stakeholders in the Kuala Langat district to voice their objections to the proposed de-gazettement of 930.93 hectares of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) within 30 days.

Responding to the notice, the Coalition for the Protection of Selangor’s Forests comprising of seven environmental and social NGOs actively collected objections from the public and local residents of Kuala Langat district in the form of online petitions, petition forms, objection letters and emails. In 20 days, the Coalition collected a total of 43,502 objections, consisting of 14,422 individual objection letters and 29,080 signatures from the coalition's online petition.  These objections  were submitted to the Selangor Menteri Besar's Office, Y.B. Tuan Hee Loy Sian, Committee Chairman of Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Consumer Affairs Office, and the Selangor State Forestry Department yesterday at 2.30 p.m. In addition, the coalition of Orang Asli communities from four villagers submitted their objections to the proposed de-gazettement on February 26, 2020.  

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SAM Alu-alukan Gesaan Diraja Bagi Perlindungan Hutan dan Pokok di Malaysia

Surat kepada Pengarang                                                    5 Mac 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan gesaan oleh Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah baru-baru ini yang menyeru betapa perlunya dilindungi hutan dan pokok.

Menurut laporan media, Sultan Nazrin berkata “pokok dan hutan tidak lagi dihargai, memandangkan ia semakin dilihat sebagai hasil komersial untuk kayu balak, sementara hutan dilihat sebagai tanah untuk pertanian komersial yang mengakibatkan berleluasanya pembalakan.” Baginda dilaporkan membuat kenyataan ini di majlis perasmian sambutan Hari Lanskap peringkat negeri pada 3 Mac lalu.

SAM bersetuju sepenuhnya dengan kenyataan Baginda berhubung bagaimana hutan dan pokok kita tidak dihargai sepenuhnya, terutama sekali peranan penting yang dimainkan dalam pengasingan karbon dioksida, yang merupakan gas utama dalam pelepasan gas rumah hijau.

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SAM echoes Royal call for protection of forests and trees in Malaysia

Letter to editor                                           5 March 2020 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) echoes the recent call by His Royal Highness, Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, on the need to protect forests and trees.

According to media reports, Sultan Nazrin had said that “trees and forests were no longer appreciated, as they both were increasingly seen as commercial produce for timber, while forests were seen as land for commercial farming that resulted in rampant logging”.  He is reported to have made these remarks at the at the opening of the state-level Landscape Day celebration on 3rd March.

SAM completely agrees with him on how our forests and trees are not valued enough, especially the important role they play in the sequestration of carbon dioxide, which is the main gas in Malaysia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kesengsaraan kepada haiwan yang dibawa oleh tanda-tanda haiwan zodiak

Surat Kepada Pengarang                           2 Mac 2020

Dengan setiap Tahun Baharu Cina mengalu-alukan haiwan khusus dalam zodiak, yang setiap daripadanya membawa kekuatan dan nasib baik mereka sendiri, kedai haiwan peliharaan dan ladang ternakan haiwan peliharaan semuanya berusaha untuk mengimport haiwan yang dikaitkan dengan tanda-tanda haiwan zodiak pada tahun itu.

Pada tahun ini, yang merupakan tahun tikus, ladang haiwan ternakan menarik perhatian orang ramai dengan mengimport baka asing dalam keluarga tikus seperti capybaralandakdegudormouse, chinchilla dan tikus Sphinx untuk dipamerkan.

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Misery to animals brought on by the zodiac animal signs

Letter to the Editor                                    2 March 2020

With each Chinese New Year welcoming a particular  animal in the zodiac, each bringing with them their  own good fortune and strengths, pet shops and petting farms  go all out to import  the animals  associated with  the  zodiac animal signs of that year. 

In this year of the rat, a petting zoo farm is drawing in the crowd with its import of foreign breeds in the rodent family such as the capybara, porcupine, degu,  dormouse, chinchilla and Sphinx rat, to name a few, as exhibits. 

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Wabak Covid-19: Penyelesaian Kekal Diperlukan Berhubung Perdagangan dan Penjualan Hidupan Liar

Surat Kepada Pengarang                  21 Februari 2020

Sementara Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan pengharaman sementara yang diumumkan baru-baru ini oleh negara China terhadap pemburuan, penjualan, pengangkutan dan eksport semua haiwan liar sebagai tindak balas kepada wabak Covid-19, penyelesaian yang lebih kekal diperlukan bagi mencegah berulangnya wabak seperti itu, bukan hanya di China tetapi di semua negara.

Ini memerlukan pengharaman kekal ke atas perdagangan, penjualan, pengambilan dan memakan hidupan liar dan kawalan yang lebih ketat dalam penguatkuasaan dan pendakwaan aktiviti haram seperti itu terutama sekali bersabit memakan haiwan liar.

Kebanyakan perdagangan hidupan liar sudah pun haram tetapi langkah penguatkuasaan dan pendakwaan yang lebih ketat kekal menjadi cabaran di banyak negara.

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