Fishers In Sungai Kerian, Nibong Tebal, Penang Concerned Of Presence Of “Kenka” Boats

The Kenka boat is tracing the river                      Picture : SAM 

Media Statement                                                    18 March 2020

It is well known that river lobsters are the main catch for 200 to 300 riverine fishers in the Kerian River in Nibong Tebal regardless whether they are full time or part-time fishers. Their daily income and catch depend on the harvest from the river but at present their income seems to have been plundered and threatened by irresponsible parties.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Komuniti Nelayan Sungai Tanjung Berembang urge the Penang Fisheries Department, Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), District & Land Office of Seberang Perai Selatan and the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID) to conduct field visit and investigate the status of a fish landing platform operating in Sungai Tok Tuntong, Nibong Tebal. The platform has been built on the riverbank of Sungai Kerian and is very unsuitable with the surrounding environment.

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Nelayan Sungai Kerian Di Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang Bimbang Dengan Kehadiran Bot Kenka

Kelihatan bot kenka sedang menyelusuri sungai dicelah sampan nelayan sungai yang sedang memancing   Gambar : SAM 

Kenyataan Media                                        18  Mac 2020

Umum mengetahui bahawa udang galah merupakan hasil tangkapan utama bagi 200 hingga 300 nelayan sungai di Sungai Kerian, Nibong Tebal tidak kira nelayan tulen ataupun nelayan sampingan. Pendapatan dan hasil tangkapan mereka bergantung kepada hasil sungai untuk menjana ekonomi harian namun kini pendapatan mereka seolah dirompak dan dirosakkan oleh mereka-mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) bersama Komuniti Nelayan Sungai Tanjung Berembang menggesa Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Pulau Pinang, Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai (MBSP), Pejabat Tanah dan Daerah Seberang Perai Selatan dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran supaya menjalankan tinjauan dan menyiasat status pelantar ikan yang sedang beroperasi di Sungai Tok Tuntong, Nibong Tebal. Pelantar tersebut dibina di tebing Sungai Kerian dan sangat tidak sesuai dengan keadaan persekitaran.

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43,502 objections of de-gazettement of the forest reserve summited to Selangor Menteri Besar Office, ExCO of Environment, Green Technology, STI and Consumer Affairs Office, and Selangor State Forestry Office

Press Release                         5 MARCH 2020

The Selangor State Government through the Selangor State Forestry Department had placed a notice inviting stakeholders in the Kuala Langat district to voice their objections to the proposed de-gazettement of 930.93 hectares of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) within 30 days.

Responding to the notice, the Coalition for the Protection of Selangor’s Forests comprising of seven environmental and social NGOs actively collected objections from the public and local residents of Kuala Langat district in the form of online petitions, petition forms, objection letters and emails. In 20 days, the Coalition collected a total of 43,502 objections, consisting of 14,422 individual objection letters and 29,080 signatures from the coalition's online petition.  These objections  were submitted to the Selangor Menteri Besar's Office, Y.B. Tuan Hee Loy Sian, Committee Chairman of Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Consumer Affairs Office, and the Selangor State Forestry Department yesterday at 2.30 p.m. In addition, the coalition of Orang Asli communities from four villagers submitted their objections to the proposed de-gazettement on February 26, 2020.  

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SAM Alu-alukan Gesaan Diraja Bagi Perlindungan Hutan dan Pokok di Malaysia

Surat kepada Pengarang                                                    5 Mac 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan gesaan oleh Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah baru-baru ini yang menyeru betapa perlunya dilindungi hutan dan pokok.

Menurut laporan media, Sultan Nazrin berkata “pokok dan hutan tidak lagi dihargai, memandangkan ia semakin dilihat sebagai hasil komersial untuk kayu balak, sementara hutan dilihat sebagai tanah untuk pertanian komersial yang mengakibatkan berleluasanya pembalakan.” Baginda dilaporkan membuat kenyataan ini di majlis perasmian sambutan Hari Lanskap peringkat negeri pada 3 Mac lalu.

SAM bersetuju sepenuhnya dengan kenyataan Baginda berhubung bagaimana hutan dan pokok kita tidak dihargai sepenuhnya, terutama sekali peranan penting yang dimainkan dalam pengasingan karbon dioksida, yang merupakan gas utama dalam pelepasan gas rumah hijau.

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SAM echoes Royal call for protection of forests and trees in Malaysia

Letter to editor                                           5 March 2020 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) echoes the recent call by His Royal Highness, Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, on the need to protect forests and trees.

According to media reports, Sultan Nazrin had said that “trees and forests were no longer appreciated, as they both were increasingly seen as commercial produce for timber, while forests were seen as land for commercial farming that resulted in rampant logging”.  He is reported to have made these remarks at the at the opening of the state-level Landscape Day celebration on 3rd March.

SAM completely agrees with him on how our forests and trees are not valued enough, especially the important role they play in the sequestration of carbon dioxide, which is the main gas in Malaysia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kesengsaraan kepada haiwan yang dibawa oleh tanda-tanda haiwan zodiak

Surat Kepada Pengarang                           2 Mac 2020

Dengan setiap Tahun Baharu Cina mengalu-alukan haiwan khusus dalam zodiak, yang setiap daripadanya membawa kekuatan dan nasib baik mereka sendiri, kedai haiwan peliharaan dan ladang ternakan haiwan peliharaan semuanya berusaha untuk mengimport haiwan yang dikaitkan dengan tanda-tanda haiwan zodiak pada tahun itu.

Pada tahun ini, yang merupakan tahun tikus, ladang haiwan ternakan menarik perhatian orang ramai dengan mengimport baka asing dalam keluarga tikus seperti capybaralandakdegudormouse, chinchilla dan tikus Sphinx untuk dipamerkan.

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Misery to animals brought on by the zodiac animal signs

Letter to the Editor                                    2 March 2020

With each Chinese New Year welcoming a particular  animal in the zodiac, each bringing with them their  own good fortune and strengths, pet shops and petting farms  go all out to import  the animals  associated with  the  zodiac animal signs of that year. 

In this year of the rat, a petting zoo farm is drawing in the crowd with its import of foreign breeds in the rodent family such as the capybara, porcupine, degu,  dormouse, chinchilla and Sphinx rat, to name a few, as exhibits. 

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Wabak Covid-19: Penyelesaian Kekal Diperlukan Berhubung Perdagangan dan Penjualan Hidupan Liar

Surat Kepada Pengarang                  21 Februari 2020

Sementara Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengalu-alukan pengharaman sementara yang diumumkan baru-baru ini oleh negara China terhadap pemburuan, penjualan, pengangkutan dan eksport semua haiwan liar sebagai tindak balas kepada wabak Covid-19, penyelesaian yang lebih kekal diperlukan bagi mencegah berulangnya wabak seperti itu, bukan hanya di China tetapi di semua negara.

Ini memerlukan pengharaman kekal ke atas perdagangan, penjualan, pengambilan dan memakan hidupan liar dan kawalan yang lebih ketat dalam penguatkuasaan dan pendakwaan aktiviti haram seperti itu terutama sekali bersabit memakan haiwan liar.

Kebanyakan perdagangan hidupan liar sudah pun haram tetapi langkah penguatkuasaan dan pendakwaan yang lebih ketat kekal menjadi cabaran di banyak negara.

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Covid-19 Outbreak: Need for permanent solution on wildlife sale and trade

Letter to Editor                                          21 February 2020

Whilst Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the recent temporary ban by China on the hunting, sale, transportation and export of all wild animals in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, a more lasting solution is needed to prevent another repeat of such outbreaks, not only in China but in all countries.

This requires  a permanent ban on the trade, sale and consumption of wildlife and stricter controls, in the enforcement and prosecution of such illegal activities, especially the consumption of wild animals.

Much of the trade in wildlife is already illegal, but strict enforcement and prosecution measures remain a challenge in many countries.  

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Accountability for the deaths of Sabah’s elephants

Letter to Editor                                           6 February 2020

Sabah has had a challenging year with constant media attention on wildlife issues and numerous deaths of pygmy elephants. In 2019, 24 deaths were recorded with five occurring in the space of four months. These deaths are seldom attributed to natural causes. Illegal hunting, poaching, poisoning and snaring are common causes of these deaths. Although accidents do occur, most deaths appear to have been deliberate, retaliatory killings, after the elephants enter into agricultural areas, where crops are eaten and the ground is trampled. Whatever the motive, the killings are unnecessary.

It is evident that human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a major issue that is now confronting Sabah. These elephants are displaced as a result of the loss of their habitat, which has been divided into sections, impacting their home ranges and natural movement. One of the main causes of these divisions is the issuance of licences for monoculture plantations in the midst of the animal’s habitat. In the end, this has resulted in increased conflicts and killings of elephants in Sabah. 

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Lynas Waste Site – Need For Transparency And Public Consultation Before Any Approvals Given

Press Release                                            3 February 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal government and its relevant agencies to ensure that there is complete transparency and public feedback and consultations before approving any permanent disposal facility (PDF) of Lynas Corporation for its water leach purification residue (WLP) which contains radioactive wastes.

SAM was alarmed to learn of Lynas’ recent announcement that the Pahang state government has given consent to the company to build the PDF site in Bukit Ketam.

However, according to today’s media reports (New Straits Times, Feb 3) it is the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) that will decide and no decision has been made yet.

SAM would like to stress that according to the laws, the PDF will definitely require approvals from both the Department of Environment (DOE) as well as the AELB, and will require a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 as well as a Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984.  

Hence, it is not only the AELB that has to approve, it is also the DOE which must give its approval, given that there has to be an environmental assessment as well as a radiological impact assessment of the facility.

The DEIA and the RIA reports must go hand in hand and must be done properly, with the full public participation, consultation and feedback prior to any approvals being given either by the DOE or the AELB.

Complete transparency in the process must be ensured, especially since the Lynas operations have been highly controversial, generating much public outcry.

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Tapak Pelupusan Sisa Lynas – Ketelusan dan Perbincangan Awam Diperlukan Sebelum Sebarang Kelulusan Diberikan

Kenyataan Akhbar                                     3 Februari 2020

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Persekutuan dan agensi yang berkaitan agar memastikan terdapat ketelusan sepenuhnya, perbincangan dan maklum balas daripada orang awam sebelum meluluskan sebarang fasiliti pelupusan kekal (PDF) Lynas Corporation bagi sisa penulenan lumpur air (WLP) yang mengandungi sisa radioaktif.

SAM begitu bimbang dengan pengumuman Lynas baru-baru ini bahawa kerajaan negeri Pahang telah memberi kebenaran kepada syarikat terbabit untuk membina tapak PDF di Bukit Ketam.

Bagaimanapun, menurut laporan media hari ini (New Straits Times, 3 Feb 2020), Lembaga Pelesenan Tenaga Atom (LPTA) yang akan membuat keputusan  mengenainya dan setakat ini belum ada sebarang keputusan dibuat.

SAM ingin menegaskan bahawa menurut undang-undang, pembinaan PDF perlu mendapatkan kelulusan daripada Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan LPTA, dan dikehendaki menyerahkan Penilaian Kesan Alam Sekitar yang Terperinci (DEIA) di bawah Akta Kualiti Alam Sekitar 1974 serta Penilaian Kesan Radiologi (RIA) di bawah Akta Pelesenan Tenaga Atom 1984.

Justeru, bukan pihak LPTA sahaja yang boleh memberi kelulusan tetapi JAS juga perlu meluluskannya, memandangkan perlu disertakan penilaian alam sekitar serta penilaian kesan radiologi bagi fasiliti terbabit.

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