Wilayah adat Penan di Batu Bungan, Mulu, Sarawak diancam projek perladangan

Bantahan dari sebahagian kaum menan di kampung Batu Bungan, Sarawak    Gambar : SAM

Surat Kepada Pengarang                        14 Februari 2019

SAM baru-baru ini telah menerima laporan dari kaum Penan di Kampung di Batu Bungan di Mulu, Sarawak, bahawa pada bulan Januari tahun ini, pembinaan jalan untuk sebuah projek perladangan sawit telah mula menceroboh ke dalam wilayah adat mereka, yang bersebelahan dengan Taman Negara Gunung Mulu, sebuah Tapak Warisan Dunia UNESCO. Sebagai tindakbalas, kampung tersebut telah membina sebuah halangan jalan (blockade) dan membuat sebuah laporan polis untuk menghentikan pencerobohan tersebut. Namun, halangan tersebut dilaporkan telah diruntuhkan oleh para pekerja operasi pembinaan jalan tersebut.

Pada bulan September tahun lalu, Menteri Industri Perladangan persekutuan telah mengumumkan bahawa kerajaan yang baru tidak akan membenarkan lagi penambahan keluasan perladangan sawit di negara ini, untuk memastikan Malaysia dapat mengekalkan liputan berhutan sebanyak 50 peratus. Pada bulan Disember, Sarawak diberitakan turut menyatakan komitmen mereka di dalam usaha ini. Walaupun kami turut menerima baik perkembangan ini, seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh kes Kampung Batu Bungan ini, masih lagi terdapat pelbagai isu yang belum lagi diselesaikan berkenaan dengan hal ini.

Menurut Jabatan Hutan Sarawak, di bawah sistem Lesen untuk Ladang Hutan (LPF) mereka, sebanyak 43 buah lesen perladangan kayu telah pun dikeluarkan, meliputi 2.8 juta hektar. Lesen-lesen ini meliputi estet hutan kekal yang terwarta dan hutan kerajaan yang tidak terwarta. Sesetengah dari lesen ini juga telah dibenarkan untuk meluangkan tidak lebih dari 20 peratus kawasan lesen mereka untuk penanaman kelapa sawit. Kawasan boleh-tanam dianggarkan seluas 1.3 juta hektar bagi ladang kayu dan 285,520 hektar bagi kelapa sawit. Setakat Disember 2013, sebanyak 325,314 hektar ladang kayu dan 146,578 hektar ladang sawit telah dibangunkan.

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Penan customary territory in Batu Bungan, Mulu, Sarawak threatened by plantation project

LETTER TO EDITOR                                14 February 2019

SAM has recently received reports from the Penan community of Kampung Batu Bungan in Mulu, Sarawak that in January this year, road construction for an oil palm plantation began to encroach on their customary territory, which is adjacent to the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area. In response, the community had set up a blockade and lodged a police report in Marudi to halt the encroachment. However, the blockade was then reportedly dismantled by the road construction workers.

In September last year, the federal Minister of Plantation Industries announced that the new government will not allow any more expansion of oil palm plantations in the country in its effort to ensure that Malaysia maintains a 50 per cent forest cover. By December, Sarawak was also reported to be committed to this. Although we applaud this move, as the Kampung Batu Bungan case shows, there are still many unresolved issues surrounding the matter.

According to the Sarawak Forests Department, under its Licence for Planted Forests (LPF) system, 43 timber tree plantation licences have been issued over 2.8 million hectares. These licences are located on both the reserved permanent forest estates as well as non-reserved stateland forests. Some of the licences are also allowed to devote not more than 20 per cent of their concession areas for the cultivation of oil palm. Plantable areas are estimated to be at 1.3 million hectares and 285,520 hectares for timber trees and oil palm, respectively. As of December 2013, 325,314 hectares and 146,578 hectares have been planted with timber trees and oil palm, respectively.

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The trade in reptiles

Letter to Editor                                       1 February 2019
The   media report  on the seizure of live baby crocodiles at Sibu airport   is not a new incident.  A similar incident occurred in May 2018 in which  an illegal shipment of 50 live crocodiles from Malaysia were seized by border officers at Heathrow Airport.               
The shocking truth is the manner in which the year old  juvenile saltwater crocodiles were transported.  These reptiles weighing around 40kgs, had not been packed in accordance with International  Air Transport   Association (IATA) regulations, invalidating their permit and making the importation illegal.

They were discovered in horrific condition  by Grant Miller, head of the national Border Force Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at Heathrow who commented,  “It is just not acceptable for reptiles to be transported in this way.”

Each box only had room for four crocodiles but instead 10  foot-long reptiles had been packed into each one.  Due to very limited space the crocodiles started fighting each other during the flight resulting in the death of one saltwater crocodile.

Apart from contravening of CITES regulations, this is a clear example of how Malaysian wildlife exporters and traders are only into profits without any regard for animal welfare.  Squeezing as many reptiles into a box  while limiting the number of boxes used  in order to save costs is the norm for these wildlife exporters.

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Penang State must make public findings of investigations into Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide tragedy

Press Release                                          31 Jan 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) call on the Penang state government to make public its findings into the Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide tragedy and to disclose the conditions under which works are being allowed to proceed.

This call is made in the wake of works being allowed to proceed on the road, following the lifting of stop-work orders issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health as well as the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), as reported in the media today.

Given that the State had carried out internal investigations on the tragedy which occurred on Oct.17 which saw the loss of 9 lives, it is vital for the findings to be made public, so that there is transparency in the process.

We would like to know if the relevant authorities are being held accountable for their inactions in relation to the tragedy.

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Kerajaan Negeri mesti menghebahkan kepada umum hasil siasatan tragedi tanah runtuh di Bukit Kukus

Kenyataan Akhbar                                 31 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang agar membuatpendedahan awam hasil siasatan yang dijalankan ke atas tragedi tanah runtuh di Bukit Kukus serta mengemukakan syarat-syarat yang membenarkan kerja-kerja pembinaan diteruskan.

Gesaan ini dibuat berikutan kerja-kerja pembinaan dibenarkan untuk disambung semula di jalan terbabit, ekoran penarikan balik perintah menghentikan kerja yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan serta Majlis Bandaran Pulau Pinang (MBPP), seperti yang dilaporkan dalam media hari ini.

Memandangkan Kerajaan Negeri telah menjalankan siasatan dalaman mengenai tragedi berkenaan yang berlaku pada 17 Oktober tahun lalu, di mana 9 nyawa terkorban, adalah penting hasil siasatan itu didedahkan kepada orang ramai agar ada ketelusan dalam proses terbabit.

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Sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in Batu Maung turned dump site

Scotched mangrove trees at illlegal dumpaite   Picture : SAM

Press Statement                                     30 January 2019

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in the middle of Pekan Baru Batu Maung and adjacent to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Park is threatened by irresponsible dumping of waste.

Subsequently, the brackish river flowing through the mangrove forest here is inevitably polluted by leachates into a sensitive ecosystem sustained by the mangrove forest located at the back of the Fisheries Research Institute Malaysia.

In the 1960’s before the development of the Penang Airport, Bayan Lepas Free Trade Industrial Zone and other development, this area was fringed by thick mangroves. Most recently in the past few decades, there remained about 20 hectares of mangrove forest. However due to recent intrusive activities, two areas totalling about 15 percent of the entire area have been rendered barren.

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Masalah Pencerobohan Bot Pukat Tunda Dan Aktiviti Bot Pukat Kenka KEHIDUPAN LEBIH 2,000 NELAYAN PANTAI PULAU PINANG TERJEJAS

Nelayan Pantai Pulau Pinang Diancam Bot Pukat Tunda dan Bot Pukat Kenka   Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Akhbar                                   24 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Jabatan Perikanan dan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) untuk mempergiatkan operasi membanteras pencerobohan bot pukat tunda dan aktiviti bot kenka di kawasan tangkapan nelayan pantai di Pulau Pinang.

Gesaan ini dibuat berikutan aduan oleh nelayan-nelayan pantai negeri tersebut kepada SAM bahawa masalah itu semakin serius berlaku menyebabkan sumber pendapatan mereka teruk terjejas. Bot pukat tunda yang terlibat ialah dari Teluk Bahang dan Batu Maung, manakala bot kenka pula dari Kuala Muda, Bakau Tua dan Penaga daerah Seberang Perai Utara (SPU)

Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati lebih 2,000 nelayan pantai di 10 pengkalan iaitu Pulau Betong, Kuala Jalan Baru, Pantai Malindo, Kuala Sungai Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Kumbar, Telok Tempoyak, Batu Maung, Permatang Damar Laut dan Sungai Batu mengalami kesempitan hidup kerana masalah ini.

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SAM Sokong Langkah Kerajaan Persekutuan Saman Kerajaan Kelantan

Sebahagian Orang Asli membuat halangan masuk              Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Akhbar                                   22 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan saman sivil yang pertama kali dikemukakan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan terhadap Kerajaan Kelantan. SAM memuji kesungguhan dan keikhlasan kerajaan dalam mengiktiraf, menghormati dan menegakkan hak Orang Asli di negara ini seperti mana yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan.

Sejak sekian lama komuniti penduduk asal, komuniti di negara ini yang paling terpinggir telah berjuang untuk menyuarakan hak mereka agar didengari dan diiktiraf melalui pelbagai cara. Dengan saman ini, kami berharap Kerajaan akan mula melihat terhadap pembaharuan semua undang-undang dan dasar sewaktu rejim lama yang kurang menghormati dan mengiktiraf hak adat penduduk asal.

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SAM Supports Federal Government Move to Sue Kelantan Government

 

The Temiar community of Gua Musang, Kelantan                      Picture: SAM

Press Statement                                     19 JANUARY 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the first of a kind civil suit brought by the Federal Government against Kelantan. SAM applauds the Government's seriousness and sincerity in recognising, respecting and upholding the rights of the Orang Asli in the country as per our Constitution.

For long, indigenous communities, the country's most marginalised have been struggling to have their voices heard and their rights recognised through various means. With this suit, we hope that the Government will begin looking at reforming all laws and policies put in place during the old regime which have stopped short of respecting and recognising the customary rights of indigenous peoples.

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Drains at Batu Maung polluted by residual waste

dirty river in Batu Maung                        Picture : SAM

Media Statement                                       17 January 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Department of Environment (DOE) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) to investigate and take immediate action to overcome residual waste pollution problem in drains near Batu Maung here. 

Investigations made by SAM shows that the condition of the area is very disgusting and has foul smell. Drains here are not only filled with variety of residual waste including plastic but also the water in it is of dark black colour and is foamy.

Near the channel at the side of the drain, reddish fluid spots are visible and it is very dubious and worrying is it contains harmful substance.

SAM believes that is the drain is not clean and the act of throwing residual waste carries on, pollution problems in this area will spread especially during rain where all the waste will be carried by the current to the sea.

Concerns are more if the residual waste contains toxic substance causing more harm to the environment, human life and sea life in the coming future.

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Longkang di Batu Maung dicemari sisa buangan

Keadaan Sungai yang kotor                    Gambar : SAM

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  17 Januari 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP),Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) menyiasat serta mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah pencemaran sisa buangan di dalam longkang dekat Batu Maung di sini.

Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati keadaan di kawasan itu amat menjijikan serta bau busuk. Longkang di sini bukan saja di penuhi berbagai sisa buangan termasuk plastik malah air di dalamnya juga berwarna hitam pekat dan berbuih.

Berhampiran saluran yang terdapat di tepi longkang di sini kelihatan tompok cecair berwarna kemerah-merahan dan ia amat meragukan dan dibimbangi mengandungi bahan berbahaya.

SAM percaya jika longkang terbabit tidak dibersihkan dan perbuatan membuang sisa di sini berterusan masalah pencemaran di kawasan tersebut akan merebak terutama ketika hujan di mana segala bahan kotoran akan di bawa arus ke laut.

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Harimau Semakin Terancam

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  14 Januari 2019

Harimau kita semakin terancam! Kewujudannya semakin lenyap. Ahli ekologi dan kumpulan pemuliharaan harimau terus memberikan amaran mengenai harimau, malah tiada sesuatu dilakukan untuk menangani kepupusan haiwan ini.

Penyebab kepupusan harimau amat jelas. Pelakunya adalah musuh yang sama – pemburu dan perosak habitat harimau – mereka yang sama yang membunuh banyak spesies lain. Pemburuan harimau dilakukan sebahagian besarnya bagi memuaskan permintaan bagi bahagian anggota haiwan dalam perubatan tradisional Cina yang menunjukkan tiada tanda berkurang.

Terdapat kesan yang menjejaskan bagi harimau di seluruh dunia apabila China menarik balik pengharaman terhadap tanduk badak dan tulang harimau untuk digunakan dalam ubatan Cina tradisional; walaupun ia tidak mempunyai nilai terapeutik. China mewujudkan pasaran sah yang besar bagi anggota haiwan yang diburu. Langkah ini boleh menjadi hukuman mati bagi Badak dan Harimau. Ia akan merangsang permintaan dan penyeludupan produk ini. Ini juga akan menyediakan peluang bagi penyeludup untuk menyeludup anggota haiwan yang diburu mereka.

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