The story of Silent Spring

The Natural Resources Defense Council                      August 13, 2015

Although they will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots, or stormy political campaigns, books have at times been the most powerful influencer of social change in American life. Thomas Paine's Common Sense galvanized radical sentiment in the early days of the Revolution; Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe roused the North's antipathy to slavery in the decade leading up to the Civil War; and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which in 1962 exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity's faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement. Click to read

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Malaysian Overseas FDI in Oil Palm: SAM Calls to address negative impacts and unethical practices

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Malaysian Overseas FDI in Oil Palm: SAM Calls to address negative impacts and unethical practices




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Malaysian Overseas Foreign Direct Investment in oil palm land bank - Report

Overseas FDI Report

In June 2014, Sahabat Alam Malaysia called on the Malaysian Government to address the negative impacts and unethical practices of its overseas or outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in the past few years. Although the outflow of Malaysian investments abroad have been more than the inflow of investments into the country, serious concerns have arisen in relation to the impact of the palm oil industry in particular.

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Memorandum - Improving Sarawak's EIA process

Memo - Improve Sarawak EIA process

SAM submitted a memorandum to the government in 2014 urging them to revamp the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process in Sarawak. Besides critiquing the EIA process in the state, SAM also made a number of recommendations to streamline the process with the Peninsular process. 

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Malaysia imperils forest reserves and sea turtle nesting ground for industrial site

Mongabay April 15, 2014

Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia's only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to local activists. Click to read

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Legislators' Briefing No. 2014 - 1

legislator briefing no. 2014-1

This briefing paper was prepared in March 2014 in time for the Parliament sitting. It was designed for law and policy makers on the need to align all statutory provisions on matters related to land, forestry, conservation and indigenous peoples in Peninsular Malaysia with judicial decisions on indigenous customary land rights. 

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Legislators' Briefing Paper No. 2014 - 2

legislators' briefing paper no. 2014-2

SAM prepared a briefing paper for the March 2014 Parliament sitting for law and policy makers. This paper discussed the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade - Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA). The paper served as a background for law and policy makers on indigenous customary land rights and the issuance of MYTLAS licence prior to the signing of the VPA, among others.  

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Empangan dan kesan-kesannya

Risalah Empangan

Risalah ini berkenaan dengan empangan besar dan kesan-kesan kepada alam sekitar. 

This brochure is about the impacts of large scale dams. 

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SAM's Position Paper - Legal implications of the failure in instituting policy and legislative reforms

Position Paper - legislative and policy reforms

SAM's position paper on the legal implications in the failure to institute policy and legislative reforms in relation to customary land rights was endorsed by Jaringan Orang Asal dan NGO Tentang Isu-Isu Hutan / Network of Indigenous Peoples and Non-Governmental Organisations on Forest Issues (JOANGOHutan), Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia / The Indigenous Peoples’ Network of Malaysia (JOAS), Jaringan Tanah Hak Adat Bangsa Asal Sarawak / The Sarawak Native Customary Land Rights Network (TAHABAS), Sarawak Indigenous Lawyers Association (SILA), Save Rivers Network and Dr. Yogeswaran Subramaniam, Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya.

This paper was submitted to the European Union during SAM's lobby trip to Europe in 2013. 

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From Policy to Reality


Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific has released a critical analysis on forestry governance in Malaysia and the timber importation and procurement policies of Japan, South Korea and Australia.

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Penan’s plea to the govt: ‘Don’t forget us’

FMT News October 18, 2013

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Baram Penan Women Association (PWPBS) is urging the federal government to look into the plight of the Penans on issues facing healthcare, education, transportation and training programmes for specific groups within their community. Click to read

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State of animals in zoos

Malaysiakini October 07, 2013

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)  is extremely appalled to learn of  the suffering of neglected zoo animals at the Mines Wonderland, which followed after the closure of the Mines theme park. Click to read

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