CAP and SAM appeased by clarification by MESTECC Minister over Malaysian prime minister’s statement on Lynas plant

Press Statement                                     31 May 2019

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) were initially gravely concerned over reports in the media today that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that Malaysia will allow Australian rare earths producer, Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

We are now appeased after YB Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) clarified that Australian rare earth refiner Lynas Corp will still have to resolve the issue of radioactive waste produced at its plant in Pahang before it is allowed to continue operations.

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Lynas should not be allowed to renege on its promises to the Government of Malaysia

Press Statment                                         30 May 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) fully supports the statement issued by YB Wong Tack, MP for Bentong on 29 May 2019.

In his statement, Wong Tack mentioned that Andrew Goledzinowski’s, the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia usage of the media to help Lynas get out of their earlier commitments to the Malaysian regulators on the removal on the radioactive waste as highly unethical and deplorable.

In December 2018, in a reply to Lynas workers, YB Yeoh Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), said that Lynas Corporation Ltd., Australia (Lynas Australia) and Lynas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Lynas Malaysia) had twice (through 2 letters in February and March 2012) undertaken to remove Lynas Advanced Materials Plan (LAMP) residue from Malaysia (https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/456020). Today, Lynas is backtracking from their own commitments and undertaking.

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Penang’s fisheries & fisherfolk in jeopardy

Media Statement                                      28th May 2019

The fate of more than 5,000 fisherfolk in Penang is in critical condition following ongoing and proposed reclamation projects and the increasingly serious marine pollution problem in the state. 

Although the problems pervaded by pollution and coastal development have long plagued fisherfolk's livelihood but they have yet to receive proper attention either from the state government or the relevant departments and agencies. 

Commenting on the issue of pollution reported in The Star of 28 May 2019, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very concerned because Penang's waters are not only threatened by pollution of solid waste, factory waste, sewage, mud and pig waste but also chemicals that are poisoning and killing marine life as well as potentially affecting public health.

 

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Nasib nelayan Pulau Pinang bagaikan telur di hujung tanduk

Kenyataan Akbar                                      28 Mei 2018

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Kenyataan Akbar                                      28 Mei 2019

Nasib lebih 5,000 nelayan pantai di seluruh Pulau Pinang kini bagaikan telur di hujung tanduk berikutan pelaksanaan serta perancangan projek penambakan laut dan kejadian pencemaran yang semakin serius berlaku di perairan negeri ini.

Walau pun masalah-masalah pencemaran dan pembangunan di persisiran pantai sudah sekian lama membelenggu kehidupan golongan nelayan namun ianya tidak mendapat perhatian sewajarnya sama ada dari kerajaan negeri mahu pun jabatan serta agensi yang terlibat.

Mengulas laporan akhbar tempatan (The Star 28 May 2019 ) berkaitan isu berkenaan, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) memandang serius dan semakin bimbang kerana perairan Pulau Pinang bukan saja diancam oleh pencemaran sampah sarap, sisa buangan kilang, air kumbahan, lumpur dan najis babi tetapi juga bahan kimia yang meracuni dan membunuh hidupan laut serta berpotensi menjejas kesihatan awam.

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Tribute to a true Malaysian champion

S. M. Mohamed Idris was one of a kind.   He was a force of nature.   And in more ways than one.

His passing away on 17 May was the passing of an era.  I doubt we will be so fortunate to have someone like him again.  

He had such an incredible mind, with an insatiable thirst for information on all kinds of issues, from the most minute to the largest.  He could process and synthesise all that information and see the links between them. And then translate them into points for concrete actions and policies.

He put this intellect, creativity and knowledge of practical action into constant use, day after day, from his adolescence till the last day of his 93 years of life.   Family and friends told him to take it easy, especially in the last few months.  

But he could not.  He was driven by a burning passion to right the wrongs in the local community, the country, and the world.  He could not bear to read that children go hungry, when so much food is wasted.  

He would be incensed by the chopping of trees, whether in cities or on the hills and in forests.  He could not stand that Malaysians’ health was being threatened by unsafe food, occupational hazards, road accidents, polluted air…when all these could be prevented.

Most of all, he wanted ordinary people to stand up for their rights. “Complain!”  became one of the popular slogans of the Consumers’ Association of Penang, which he led for 50 years.   If you are cheated, if the house you just bought has holes or cracks in the wall; if your workplace is harming your health; if the forest in which you go hiking is being felled;  don’t just take it or grumble to yourself.  Make an official complaint, mobilise your friends and neighbours, assert your rights, and fight back!

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Penghormatan Kepada Pejuang Malaysia Sebenar

SM Mohamed Idris merupakan seorang yang lain daripada yang lain dan luar biasa. Pemergian pada 17 Mei lalu membawa kepada berlalunya satu era. Saya ragu akan begitu bertuah untuk mendapat seseorang lagi yang sepertinya.

Beliau mempunyai minda yang luar biasa, dengan tidak pernah puas terhadap maklumat berhubung semua jenis isu, daripada yang kecil hinggalah kepada yang besar. Beliau boleh memproses dan sintesis semua maklumat dan melihat hubungan antaranya. Kemudian menterjemahkannya kepada tujuan untuk tindakan konkrit dan dasar.

Beliau memakai intelek, kreativiti dan pengetahuan bagi tindakan praktikal ini dalam kegunaan berterusan, hari demi hari, dari masa remaja hingga ke hari terakhirnya pada usia 93 tahun. Keluarga dan rakan memberitahunya supaya mengambil mudah, terutama sekali beberapa bulan terakhir. Tetapi tidak bagi beliau. Dia didorong oleh semangat untuk memperbetulkan yang salah dalam komuniti tempatan, negara dan dunia.

Beliau tidak boleh tahan apabila membaca berkenaan kanak-kanak kelaparan ketika begitu banyak makanan dibazirkan. Beliau amat marah dengan penebangan pokok, sama ada di kota atau bukit dan hutan. Beliau tidak tahan dengan kesihatan rakyat Malaysia yang diancam oleh makanan yang tidak selamat, bahaya pekerjaan, kemalangan jalan raya, udara tercemar, apabila semua ini boleh dicegah.

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Asia Will No Longer Tolerate Being a Plastic Waste Dump

Over the last three decades, the top plastic waste exporters, including the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom, sent abroad plastic waste weighting about  168 million tonnes, most of it to China. In 2018, China said “enough is enough,” and announced a ban on imports of plastic waste, setting off a crisis in the global waste system. The majority of this plastic was then redirected into Southeast Asia, with Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia being flooded with waste, at great environmental and human cost.

However, from local clean-up crews and campaigns to global action, a powerful movement to break free from plastics is making change in 2019.

International Agreement to Clean up Waste Trade

This week at the United Nations, over 180 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. This change means exporters will be required to get consent from receiving countries before shipping most contaminated, mixed, or unrecyclable plastic waste, providing an powerful way for countries in the Global South to stop the dumping of unwanted plastic waste into their country.

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Tindakan Bersepadu Perlu Bagi Memerangi Jenayah Hidupan Liar

Surat Kepada Pengarang                       15 Mei 2019

Lebih banyak tindakan diperlukan untuk memerangi jenayah hidupan liar. Beberapa spesies semakin pupus dan mungkin lenyap jika tindakan segera tidak diambil oleh kerajaan.

Setiap minggu tajuk utama media diliputi oleh berita rampasan barangan penyeludupan bernilai tinggi iaitu gading gajah, tanduk badak, anggota badan harimau dan kulit tenggiling. Banyak haiwan hidup - harimau, orang utan, tenggiling, monyet, burung dan sebagainya - diperdagangkan dengan bebas, tanpa hukuman terhadap pesalahBenuaAsia terutama sekali China dan Asia Tenggara adalah tumpuan utama bekalan dan permintaan terhadap banyak spesies hidupan liar terancam.

Walaupun wujud undang-undang dan peraturan negara berkaitan pemuliharaan hidupan liar serta komitmen antarabangsa, perdagangan hidupan liar haram masih meluas serta berterusan di seluruh rantau ini. Hidupan liar yang dikeluarkan secara haram daripada hutan dijual dalam negara sumber atau dipindahkan antara negara dan melintasi sempadan dan dijual secara terbuka dan juga terselindung. Kebanyakan perdagangan ini berjalan tanpa dikesan dan begitu sukar untuk menyatakan sejauhmana besarnya jumlah hidupan liar yang dihantar secara haram dan dijual di pasaran antarabangsa. Peningkatan dalam rampasan tidak semestinya bermakna penguatkuasaan undang-undang dan pegawai kastam lebih berwaspada – ia sering bermaksud terdapat peningkatan dalam penyeludupan dan produk haram membanjiri pelabuhan akibat peningkatan pemburuan haram dan pengambilannya. Pada masa kini terdapat lebih banyak permintaan berbanding bekalan.

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Concerted action needed to combat wildlife crime

Letter to the Editor                                 15 May 2019

More action and less talk is required to combat wildlife crime. Several species are becoming severely depleted and may disappear if more is not urgently done by Governments. 

High value seizures of contraband ivory, rhino horn, tiger parts and pangolin scales dominate media headlines every week. Many live animals are traded with impunity - tigers, orangutans, pangolins, monkeys, birds, etc etc.  Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia are the main points for the supply and demand of many of the endangered species of wildlife. 

Despite national rules and regulations related to wildlife conservation as well as international commitments, widespread illegal wildlife trade is still continuing throughout the region.  Wildlife that has been illegally removed from the wild is sold domestically in its source country or moved through countries and across borders and sold both openly and covertly.  Much of the trade goes on undetected and so it is difficult to quantify the enormous extent of illicit wildlife shipped and sold internationally.  An increase in seizures does not necessarily mean that law enforcement and customs officials are more alert -  it often means that there has been an increase in smuggling and that illegal products are flooding the ports due to increase in poaching and consumption. Currently there is more demand than there is supply.

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SAM,CAP Gesa Haramkan Import Sisa Plastik

Kenyataan Akhbar                                    10 Mei 2019 

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa kerajaan mengharamkan pengimportan sisa plastik di negara ini demi menjaga alam sekitar dan kesihatan orang ramai.

Sehubungan itu kami meminta Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan serta Jabatan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Kebangsaan menghentikan pengeluaran permit (Approved Permits – AP) bagi tujuan tersebut dengan segera.

Mengulas laporan akhbar tempatan (Sinar Harian : 10 Mei 2019) hari ini mengenai kejadian pencemaran bau busuk akibat pembakaran sisa plastik di Sungai Petani Kedah, kami berharap perkara ini diberi perhatian serius oleh pihak berkenaan.

Dalam kejadian tersebut penduduk-penduduk yang tinggal berhampiran kawasan Perindustrian Cendana di sini terjejas kehidupan mereka kerana pengusaha kilang terbabit telah melakukan pembakaran terbuka sisa buangan itu berhampiran kediaman mereka.

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FARMERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS’ MEMORANDUM ON THE PROPOSED NEW SEED BILL 2019

KENYATAAN AKBAR :  PETANI, ORGANISASI MASYARAKAT DAN NGO PERLU DILIBATKAN DENGAN LEBIH MENDALAM SEBELUM TEKS UNDANG - UNDANG BENIH TANAMAN DIBENTANGKAN DI PARLIMEN

MEDIA STATEMENT : FARMERS, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND NGOs CALL FOR CONSULTATIONS BEFORE PROPOSED SEED LAW TO PARLIAMENT

MEMORANDUM : FARMERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS’ MEMORANDUM ON THE PROPOSED NEW SEED BILL 2019

Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Tani, Datuk Mohd. Sallehhuddin Hassan pada 8 April 2019 mengumumkan bahawa satu rang undang-undang baru Benih sedang digubal untuk mengawal dan menangani pengedaran haram Benih di pasaran dan akan di bentangkan di Parlimen selepas perundingan dengan agensi-agensi lain.

Pada 7 Mei 2019, 62 komuniti dan organisasi masyarakat, koperasi dan institusi-institusi penyelidikan telah menghantar memorandum keprihatinan kepada Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Tani dan Menteri Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli menyatakan keprihatinan bahawa undang-undang pensijilan benih boleh mempunyai kesan negatif yang serius apabila terdapat ‘pengawalan kualiti’ terhadap petani kecilan dan kepelbagaian benih tanaman yang kaya di negara ini.

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Masalah pembuangan sisa secara haram di beberapa jalan ban sekitar Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS): Sampai bila ?

Kenyataan Akbar                                    8hb Mei 2019

Pembuangan sisa domestik, sisa pembinaan serta sisa kilang di beberapa  kawasan khususnya di jalan ban kini seolah-olah menjadi trend di kalangan pihak-pihak tertentu sebagai langkah alternatif untuk memudahkan kerja dan tenaga. Mungkin dengan kaedah ini lebih menjimatkan kos berbanding dibuang ke tapak pelupusan sisa yang sah.

Masalah yang berlaku ini adalah disebabkan oleh tiada tindakan berkesan yang serius diambil oleh pihak berkuasa  terutamanya Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) dan Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) Negeri Pulau Pinang  bagi mengatasi masalah yang dibangkitkan oleh orang awam.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) memandang serius tentang kes pembuangan sisa yang berlaku di beberapa jalan ban sekitar daerah Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS), bermula dari  jeti nelayan Changkat, Nibong Tebal sehingga jalan pintas ke Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP), melalui jalan ban berdekatan kawasan perindustrian Valdor, Sungai Bakap.

(rujukan google maps kawasan Valdor: https://www.google.com/maps/@5.233857,100.4686564,595m/data=!3m1!1e3)

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