Pasir Gudang Chemical Pollution – Call For Royal Commission Of Enquiry

Press Release                                           27 June 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal Government to set up a Royal Commission of Enquiry (RCE) into the recent spate of chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang, Johor, that has resulted in more than 100 students from more than 30 schools to have fallen ill.

Further, according to press reports, the Education Ministry has closed 475 institutions of learning to enable the authorities to address the source of the problem.

Given the gravity and seriousness of the incidents, an RCE is vital to ensure that all those responsible for the human and environmental damage caused are taken to task.

The enquiry should also include the Sungai Kim Kim pollution, although the authorities have charged some companies responsible for waste dumping activities.

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Pencemaran Bahan Kimia di Pasir Gudang – Gesa Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja Ditubuhkan

Siaran Akhbar                                         27 Jun 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCE) untuk menyiasat kejadian pencemaran bahan kimia di Pasir Gudang, Johor yang mengakibatkan lebih daripada 100 pelajar daripada lebih 30 buah sekolah jatuh sakit.

Menurut laporan berita, Kementerian Pendidikan telah menutup 475 institusi pendidikan untuk membolehkan pihak berkuasa menangani sumber pencemaran.

Memandangkan betapa seriusnya insiden itu, (RCE amat penting untuk memastikan bahawa semua mereka yang bertanggungjawab terhadap kerosakan alam sekitar dan menjejaskan manusia diambil tindakan.

Penyiasatan itu juga seharusnya termasuk pencemaran Sungai Kim Kim, walaupun pihak berkuasa telah mendakwa sesetengah syarikat yang bertanggungjawab bagi aktiviti pembuangan sisa.

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Authorities must inspect and monitor all works on slopes

Press Release                                         26 June 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association (TBRA) express our shock and alarm at yet another tragedy in the Tanjung Bungah area, near the Lost Paradise Hotel which has claimed four lives yesterday.

The Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) has stated in a press statement that the tragedy was the result of the collapse of a retaining wall which was under construction at the site, which did not have any approval from the authority.

It is indeed shocking that no approvals from the MBPP for the retaining wall construction was obtained by the owners who allowed the earthworks, which appeared to be going on even in the late evening.

Clearly, no lessons have been learnt from the tragic Granito landslide tragedy that happened on 21 October, 2017.

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Pihak Berkuasa Mesti Memeriksa dan Memantau Semua Kerja Di Cerun

Siaran Akhbar                                         26 Jun 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Penduduk Tanjung Bungah (TBRA) amat terkejut dan bimbang dengan satu lagi tragedi yang berlaku di kawasan Tanjung Bungah berdekatan Hotel Lost Paradise yang meragut empat nyawa.

Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) menyatakan dalam kenyataan akhbarnya bahawa tragedi yang berlaku itu adalah akibat daripada tembok penahan yang sedang dalam pembinaan di kawasan itu tidak mempunyai sebarang kelulusan daripada pihak berkuasa.

Amat mengejutkan bahawa tiada kelulusan daripada MBPP bagi pembinaan tembok penahan diperolehi oleh pemilik yang membenarkan kerja tanah, yang dilakukan sehingga lewat malam.

Jelas sekali, tiada pengajaran yang diambil daripada tragedi tanah runtuh Granito yang berlaku pada 21 Oktober 2017.

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Tindakan Segera Perlu Dilakukan Bagi Membersihkan Kualiti Alam Sekitar Yang Buruk Di Pasir Gudang, Johor

Siaran Akhbar                                         21 Jun 2019

 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) begitu bimbang dengan satu lagi insiden kesihatan pelajar sekolah di Pasir Gudang, Johor yang berada dalam bahaya.

Kami merujuk kepada laporan media mengenai 15 pelajar dari Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar di Pasir Gudang yang dibawa ke hospital berdekatan kerana mengalami kesukaran bernafas dan muntah pada hari Khamis.

Menurut laporan akhbar, pelajar itu mengalami simptom yang sama dengan mereka yang terjejas oleh pencemaran bahan kimia Sungai Kim Kim pada Mac tahun ini.

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Sri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad dilaporkan berkata simptom itu berkemungkinan akibat pencemaran daripada wasap organik dan situasi di sekolah itu dalam keadaan “terkawal” dengan pihak berkuasa memantau situasi itu, termasuk dalam menentukan sebab dan paras pencemaran.

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Call For Urgent Action To Clean Up Poor Environmental Quality In Pasir Gudang, Johor

Press Statment                                       21 June 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is most alarmed to learn of yet another incident of a school in the Pasir Gudang district in Johor where the health of students has been put in jeopardy.

We refer to media reports of 15 students from Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar in Pasir Gudang who were taken to a nearby hospital, as they were suffering from breathing difficulties and vomiting on Thursday.

According to press reports, the students displayed symptoms similar to those affected by the chemical pollution of Sungei Kim Kim in March this year.

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Masa Depan yang Muram bagi Gajah Kita

Surat Kepada Pengarang                                       14 Jun 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) amat terkejut dengan berita kematian tiga ekor gajah di kawasan ladang kampung di Kampung Sri Timur 3, Kluang, Johor. Ia dipercayai telah diracun. Kematian gajah ini menggambarkan masa depan yang muram bagi gajah kita.

Dengan ladang kelapa sawit menceroboh dari semua sudut ke dalam habitat gajah, bersama dengan aktiviti pembalakan dan pertanian, beberapa dekad ini memperlihatkan kemerosotan ketara hutan ditambah dengan kemusnahan hutan dan habitat hidupan liar sebagai faktor utama di sebalik masalah yang semakin bertambah ini.

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Dismal picture for the future of our elephants

Letter to Editor                                        14 June 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses shock at the recent deaths of three elephants at a plantation area of a village in Kampung Sri Timur 3, Kluang, Johor. They were believed to have been poisoned.  Their deaths paint a dismal picture for the future of our elephants.

With oil palm plantations encroaching from all sides into elephant habitats, along with logging and agriculture activities, this last decade has seen rapidly shrinking forests combined with destruction of forests and wildlife habitats as the main factors behind this escalating problem. 

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Punca Permasalahan Kesihatan Orang Asli Perlu Diatasi

Kenyataan Akhbar                                         12 Jun 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) merasa amat sedih dengan kematian dan masalah kesihatan yang dihadapi oleh orang asli suku Bateq di Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan. Malah amat mengejutkan setelah beberapa hari berlalu dan pihak berkuasa masih belum pasti penyebab sebenar kematian dan kemerosotan kesihatan dalam kalangan suku Bateq.

Sementara kami mengalu-alukan mesyuarat tergempar oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah dalam memberikan perhatian khusus kepada isu itu dan dalam menyuarakan betapa perlunya tindakan menyeluruh, SAM berpandangan ia tidak cukup dengan hanya menangani isu kesihatan yang dihadapi oleh komuniti Orang Asli tetapi perlunya untuk menangani punca permasalahan sebenar yang membawa kepada kemerosotan kesihatan mereka.

Tindak balas menyeluruh diperlukan pihak berkuasa Negeri dan Persekutuan untuk mengakui akan kelemahan yang dihadapi oleh komuniti orang asli akibat daripada kemusnahan tanah mereka dan pencemaran sumber asli mereka dan alam sekitar di persekitaran mereka, termasuk sumber air mereka.

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Need To Tackle Root Causes Of Orang Asli Health Woes

Press Statment                                     June 12, 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is extremely saddened to learn about the deaths and ill health of the Bateq community members in Kampung Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan. It is indeed shocking that days have gone by and the government authorities have yet to ascertain the actual cause of the deaths and the deterioration of health among the Bateq community. 

While we welcome the emergency meeting called on by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah in giving special attention to the issue and in expressing the need for comprehensive action, SAM is of the view that it is not enough to just tackle the immediate health issues plaguing this Orang Asli community but there is urgent need to address the root causes that have led to the deterioration of their health.

A comprehensive response requires the Federal and State authorities to recognise the vulnerabilities faced by the indigenous communities as a result of the destruction of their land and the pollution of their natural resources and their surrounding environment, including their water resources.

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Lynas must remove its radioactive wastes from Malaysia

Letter to Editor                                       31 May 2019

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refer to Lynas’s announcement in the press (the Sun, May 29, 2019) by Professor Dr. Ismail Bahari, the General Manager of Lynas in charge of radiation safety and compliance that its wastes can be used as a fertiliser or soil conditioner (Condisoil). He said that the Water Leach Purification (WLP) ‘residue’ contains a very low level of radioactive material, equivalent to natural occurring levels. Hence, the waste produced need not go to waste and can provide the agriculture sector an alternative supply of nutrients essential for plants.

In February 2015, the Department of Environment approved Lynas’s proposal to construct a landfill within its premises to store its Neutralisation Underflow (NUF) waste which had been classified as scheduled waste. This approval required Lynas to submit an EIA to the DOE which it did on 15 February 2019.

NUF is historically categorised as radioactive waste materials under AELB. However, the Atomic Energy Licensing (Radioactive Waste Management) Regulations 2011 on P.U. (A) 274 gazetted on 16 August 2011 conveniently created new provisions which allowed the reuse and recycling of radioactive materials.

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CAP dan SAM Reda Hati Dengan Penjelasan Menteri MESTECC Berhubung Kenyataan Perdana Menteri Mengenai Kilang Lynas

Kenyataan Akhbar                                    31 Mei 2019

Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) dan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) pada awalnya bimbang lanjutan daripada laporan di dalam media hari ini di mana Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata bahawa Malaysia akan membenarkan pengeluar nadir bumi Australia, Lynas Corp untuk meneruskan operasi kilang memproses nadir bumi di Gebeng, Pahang.

Kami kini reda hati selepas YB Yeo Bee Yin, Menteri Tenaga, Sains dan Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) menjelaskan bahawa kilang nadir bumi Australia, Lynas Corp masih perlu menyelesaikan isu sisa radioaktif yang dihasilkan kilangnya di Pahang sebelum dibenarkan untuk terus beroperasi.

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