Three hillslopes are going, going

The Star                                   April 27, 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Three hillslopes in Sungai Ara, some 5km from the Penang International Airport, are facing rapid deforestation with farmers clearing the slopes for agriculture.

Aerial pictures taken by a drone show two excavators near the top of a hill in Sungai Ara, cutting what appears to be a pathway to the top. Click to read

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International Coalition Calls for Emergency Sanctions Against Indonesian Forest Fire Culprits

Rainforest Action Network          April 26, 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - A broad international coalition of over 70 civil society organizations, including Transformasi untuk Keadilan Indonesia (TuK INDONESIA), Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia), Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club is calling on financial regulators in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, Europe and the United States to apply emergency sanctions on major commercial banks, in an effort to cut funding from companies identified as causing the forest fire crisis that annually chokes much of Southeast Asia. A joint letter will be sent to over 50 international organizations, including to some of the world’s top bank CEOs and financial services regulators. Click to read

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Memorandum urges S’gor govt to stop degazettement of forests for highways

The Star                                   April 26, 2016

SEVERAL groups have submitted a joint memorandum to the state government against the degazettement of forests to make way for the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Expressway (Suke) project and Damansara Shah Alam Highway (DASH). 

Representatives from Peka Malaysia, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Save Green Lungs, Say No To Suke (SNTS) and Say No To DASH (SNTD) gathered at the lobby of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building in Shah Alam to present the memorandum to Sri Muda assemblyman Suhaimi Shafiei, who is also political secretary to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. Click to read

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Talks on letting natives cultivate their land near Bakun dam

FMT News                                 April 24, 2016

BAKUN: The Sarawak state government is ready to consider a request by natives of the Bakun area, now resettled 60km at Sungai Asap longhouse, for permission to cultivate their native land near the Bakun dam, said State Land Development Minister James Jemut Masing.

He said discussions would be held with the relevant authorities by the state government and Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Bakun hydroelectric power plant and dam. Click to read

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Penang Hill getting bad to worse

The Star                                   April 23, 2016

GEORGE TOWN: The clearing of land on Penang Hill is far more widespread than previously thought.

While some bald patches can be seen by the naked eye from the road at the bottom of the hill or by photographers using telephoto lenses, an aerial survey showed rampant hill clearings along the hill slope, especially in Paya Terubong. Click to read

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Balik Pulau kawasan terbaru dimusnahkan

Buletin Awani, Astro Awani         April 23, 2016

Ribuan ekar tanah paya bakau di Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang telah dimusnahkan untuk projek ternakan akuakultur. Staf SAM Zul teal diwawancara oleh pemberita Astro Awani berkenaan dengan project tersebut. Klik untuk menonton

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Kolam udang punca nelayan pantai dianaktirikan

Buletin Awani, Astro Awani         April 22, 2016

Rakus mengejar untung, nasib nelayan pantai tidak dipedulikan langsung. Hutan paya bakau dibongkang demi mengisi poket pengusaha udang. Puluhan hektar paya bakau di Pulau Pinang dimusnahkan sejak sedekad lalu untuk dikomersialkan sebagai sangkar udang.

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Bakun resettlers have rights to ancestral lands – Masing

Borneo Post Online                    April 21, 2016

BELAGA: The natives from upper Balui area who were relocated to Sg Asap to make way for the Bakun dam will be allowed to carry out cultivation activities at their ancestral lands located one km from the dam.

The good news was revealed by Land Development Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who believed they had rights to the land. Click to read

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Fearing water crisis, NGOs urge Selangor to pause degazettement of state forest reserves

The Malay Mail                          April 21, 2016

SHAH ALAM, April 21 — Selangor must stop opening up its forest reserves for development, especially on two controversial highway projects, six activist groups said today after a lawmaker warned of an impending water shortage.

Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA Malaysia), Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Save Greenlungs, Say No TO SUKE (SNTS) and Say No To Dash (SNTD) urged Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to prioritise the people’s wellbeing ahead of infrastructure projects. Click to read

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CAP urged govt to seriously consider odour as important environment pollution issue

Pocket News                             April 19, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 19 – The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the authorities to seriously consider odour as an important environmental pollution issue as it affect communities’ quality of life and infringes our right for clean environment, said CAP research officer Mageswari Sangaralingam. Click to read

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