Lynas should stop misleading information about its radioactive wastes

Press Statement                                     4 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) state that Lynas should stop misleading the public about its wastes.

We say this in response to Lynas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. that our statement carried in the media today “is factually inaccurate” when we said that the wastes from the water leached purification (WLP) process should be removed from Malaysia, as these wastes cannot be regarded as naturally-occurring radioactive material (NORM), but are in fact technologically-enhanced, and have been made dangerous by technological processes.

It is indeed misleading of Lynas to claim as “a scientific fact” that the WLP residue is “naturally occurring.” Lynas claims that “there is NO technological enhancement of the low level, naturally occurring radionuclides (Thorium and Uranium).”

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Kenyataan Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan mengenai Lynas Tidak Dapat Diterima

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  3 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) agak terkejut dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md. Yusof bahawa Lynas Malaysia tidak seharusnya diarahkan menghantar semula  sisanya ke Australia, memandangkan pelaburan kilang itu “terlalu besar untuk diketepikan.”

Bagi kami, kenyataan Menteri berkenaan tidak dapat diterima sama sekali kerana ternyata beliau lebih mengutamakan keuntungan syarikat berbanding keselamatan penduduk Malaysia dan alam sekitar.

Tambahan pula, bukanlah menjadi mandat Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan untuk campur tangan dalam bidang kuasa Kementerian Tenaga, Sains dan Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Cuaca (MESTECC), yang bertanggungjawab mengendalikan sisa toksik dan bahan radioaktif yang dikeluarkan oleh kilang Lynas di Gebeng, Kuantan.

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Entrepreneur Minister’s Statement on Lynas Unacceptable

Press Release                                         3 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) are shocked by the recent statement of Entrepreneur Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, who had said that Lynas Malaysia should not be compelled to export its wastes back to Australia, as the plant’s investments are “too big to ignore”.

We find the Minister’s statement completely unacceptable as it clearly reflects that he is putting the profits of the company over and above the safety of the Malaysian people and the environment.

Moreover, it is not the Entrepreneur Minister’s mandate to interfere with the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), who is responsible for handling the toxic and radioactive wastes generated by the Lynas Plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

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Perhatian Segera Diperlukan Dalam Penyesuaian Kepada Kesan Perubahan Iklim

Surat Kepada Pengarang                        26 Mac 2019

Berada berhampiran dengan garisan khatulistiwa, ‘musim panas yang berterusan’ bukanlah perkara baharu bagi Malaysia. Bagaimanapun, dalam beberapa minggu yang lepas, kepanasan iklim tropika ini menjadi semakin kuat – menyebabkan ramai rakyat Malaysia (yang mampu) memastikan pendingin hawa berada pada tahap paling sejuk bagi menyejukkan badan. Kitaran El Nino, fasa panas El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) telah tiba lagi dan dijangka berterusan sehingga Mei. Walaupun Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia (MET) menyatakan ia tidak terlalu kuat seperti 2016 (tertinggi di Alor Setar, Kedah dan Chuping, Perlis dengan suhu 38.5°C) dan 1998 (tertinggi di Chuping, Perlis dengan suhu 40.1°C), suhu maksimum harian antara 36°C dan 38°C yang dirasakan beberapa minggu yang lepas amat ketara.[[1]]  

Melangkaui ketidakselesaan harian yang disebabkan oleh kepanasan, kekurangan taburan hujan ketika musim ini memberikan kesan buruk kepada bekalan air kita – sama ada bagi penggunaan domestik, komersial, pembuatan dan bagi pengeluaran makanan. Kepanasan yang melampau dan kemarau juga akan menyebabkan insiden kebakaran hutan yang tinggi, yang bukan hanya meningkatkan suhu tempatan tetapi juga mencemarkan udara dengan partikel asap (jerubu); yang boleh membawa kepada pelbagai masalah kesihatan, daripada keadaan sementara seperti gatal atau pedih mata, kerengsaan tekak atau hidung berair; sehinggalah kepada penyakit pernafasan seperti bronkitis dan asma.

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Urgent attention needed in adapting to climate change impacts

Letter to the Editor                                   5 March 2019 

Being close to the equator, the ‘perpetual summer’ in Malaysia is nothing new. In the past few weeks however, the heat of the tropical climate has been amplified - sending many Malaysians (who can afford it) reaching for their air conditioning remote control to cool themselves down. The El Niño cycle, the warm phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has arrived yet again and is forecasted to remain until May. And although the Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MET) stated it would not be as intense as the ones in 2016 (highest in Alor Setar, Kedah and Chuping, Perlis at 38.5°C) and 1998 (highest in Chuping, Perlis at 40.1°C), the daily maximum temperature between 36°C and 38°C felt in previous week is close enough[1].

Beyond the daily discomfort caused by the sweltering heat, the reduced rainfall during this season is having dire implications on our water supply - whether it is for domestic use, commercial, manufacturing and for food production. The extreme heat and drought will also cause higher incidences of bushfires, which not only increases the localised temperature but also pollutes the air with smoke particles (i.e. haze); bringing about a range of health issues, from temporary conditions such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation or runny nose; to aggravating existing respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma.

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SAM bimbang nasib nelayan Sungai Kim Kim

Kenyataan AKbar                                     21 Mac 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) merasa bimbang terhadap masa depan 250 nelayan yang bergantung hidup kepada hasil tangkapan di Sungai Kim Kim yang teruk dicemari bahan kimia baru-baru ini.

SAM menggesa kerajaan Johor, jabatan serta agensi berkaitan mengambil tindakan segera bagi memulihkan kesan pencemaran tersebut agar hidupan di dalam sungai berkenaan kembali membiak demi kelangsungan hidup nelayan terbabit.

Mengulas laporan akhbar tempatan (Mingguan Malaysia: 17 Mac 2019) mengenai perkara iniSAM berharap pembelaan sewajarnya diberikan kepada mereka kerana ia menjadi sumber pendapatan utama bagi menyara kehidupan keluarga.

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200 inshore fishermen in Teluk Bahang threatened by mud waste pollution

Press Statement                                     19 March 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang government, Department of Environment (DOE) and the Marine Department to conduct investigation and take immediate action to overcome the mud waste pollution at the waters off Teluk Bahang.

The problem which has been going on for the past one year has escalated recently and threatens the livelihood of more than 200 inshore fishermen in the surrounding area.

In a survey conducted by SAM, the affected fishermen informed us that the cause of the pollution is believed to be from vessels/barges containing mud waste or sludge, disposing the waste on their way from the reclamation site at Gurney Drive to Pulau Kendi.

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200 nelayan pantai Teluk Bahang diancam pencemaran sisa lumpur

Kenyataan Akhbar                                   19 Mac 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Pulau Pinang,Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Jabatan Laut menjalankan siasatan dan mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi  pencemaran sisa lumpur di perairan Teluk Bahang ketika ini.

Masalah yang berlarutan sejak lebih setahun yang lalu itu kini semakin kerap berlaku serta mengancam kehidupan lebih 200 nelayan pantai di kawasan berkenaan.

Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat nelayan-nelayan yang terlibat memberitahu SAM bahawa ia di percayai berpunca dari tindakan kapal pengangkut sisa lumpur dari tapak projek penambakan laut di Persiaran Gurney membuang bahan itu ketika dalam perjalanan ke Pulau Kendi.

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SAM Gesa Tindakan Segera Terhadap Syarikat Bertanggungjawab Terhadap Pencemaran Toksik di Sungai Kim Kim, Johor

Kenyataan Akhbar                                 13 Mac 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Kerajaan Negeri Johor mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap pelaku yang membuang bahan kimia ke dalam Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang yang berlaku sejak 7 Mac, yang telah menjejaskan kesihatan hampir 500 orang terutamanya pelajar sekolah sepanjang sungai itu.

Lebih seminggu telah berlalu sejak tragedi pembuangan haram sisa bahan kimia ke dalam Sungai Kim Kim.  SAM berpandangan tindakan segera diperlukan untuk mengesan dan mendakwa pelaku terhadap apa yang dianggap sebagai jenayah alam sekitar yang serius.

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SAM calls for urgent action against companies responsible for toxic pollution at Sungai Kim Kim, Johore

Press Statement                                     13 March 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Johore State Government to take stern action against the culprits who dumped chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang, which has been going on since March 7, which has affected the health of almost 500 people, mainly children from schools along the river.

More than a week has gone by since the tragedy of the illegal dumping of chemical wastes into the Sungai Kim Kim. SAM is of the view that urgent and immediate action is needed to expedite prosecution of the perpetrators of what are serious environmental crimes.

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Selangor Perlu Tingkatkan Komitmen dan Iltizam Lindungi Kawasan Berhutan

Contoh kawasan HS Rantau Panjang yang terbiar menjadi hutan miskin terosot  Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Akbar                                   11 Mac 2019

Walaupun tampuk pentadbiran negara telah berubah dan lebih dikenali sebagai ‘Malaysia Baharu’ tetapi tadbir urus terhadap sumber hutan khususnya Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) masih mengecewa dan membimbangkan.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengharapkan apabila perubahan yang menyeluruh pada sistem, corak dan dasar pentadbiran ‘Malaysia Baharu’, tadbir urus sumber hutan khususnya HSK turut berubah tetapi jangkaan tersebut adalah meleset.

Paling membimbangkan SAM terhadap tadbir urus kawasan berhutan di negeri Selangor ialah:-

  • pemansuhan sebahagian kawasan HSK; 
  • kawasan HSK yang didapati terbiar menjadi hutan miskin / hutan terosot; dan
  • pemusnahan kawasan habitat kelip-kelip yang berstatus Tanah Kerajaan.
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SAM concerned of the pollution incident at Sungai Kim Kim

Press Statement                                     8  March 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Johor government and the Department of Environment (JAS) to take stern action against the culprits who dumped chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang which had affected the health of students and school canteen workers in the surrounding yesterday.  

In the incident, 35 victims were reported to have experienced breathing difficulties, vomiting and with some fainting upon inhaling what is believed to be methane gas.

SAM is of the opinion that a heavy punishment should be meted on the perpetrators in relation to their offence as they have severely impacted public health and the environment.

Under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 the maximum fine of RM500,000 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years can be imposed on any person who contravenes the Section.

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