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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Malaysia clearcutting forest reserves for timber and palm oil

Mongabay September 26, 2013

In July Bikam Permanent Forest Reserve in Malaysia’s Perak state was degazetted, allowing the forest to be clearcut for an oil palm plantation. Only after the forest was lost, did the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) announce that it had contained the last stands of keruing paya (Dipterocarpus coriaceus) on the Malay peninsula, a large hardwood tree that’s classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Click to read

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Conservation and animal welfare in Malaysia

FMT Letter September 08, 2013

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is one of all too few conservation groups in Malaysia with the integrity, concern and guts to speak up for animals and wildlife in general. FOTO (Friends of the Orangutans) is another such group. Click to read

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Appalling abuse of elephants at A'Famosa

FMT Letter September 06, 2013 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is outraged over the disturbing visuals shown on Astro Awani’s video over the alleged mistreatment and abuse of elephants taking place at a resort in Malacca. Click to read

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Call for action against elephant abuse

Malay Mail Online September 06, 2013

SEPT 6 — Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is outraged over disturbing visuals shown on Astro Awani’s video over the  alleged mistreatment and abuse of elephants  taking place at a resort in Malacca. Click to read

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Bukit Relau scarred, justice not served

FMT Letter August 30, 2013 (SAM's letter to FMT)

The scarred hill of Bukit Relau serves as a reminder to Penangites on how a developer can escape by paying a puny fine of RM30,000 despite causing environmental destruction. Click to read

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