The proposed Aquaculture project area Picture: SAM
Press Statement 30th July 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Perak State Government, Kerian District and Land Office, Perak State Fisheries Department, Kerian District Fisheries Office, the local authority, Department of Irrigation and Drainage and all other relevant authorities take into serious account the interest of the local community following the development of an aquaculture project in Kampung Pandak Putih, near Kuala Kurau in the state of Perak.
The Kerian District and Land Office had previously informed that the status of the land was private land. However, SAM is of the view that the development on this private land should be reviewed by all the agencies that had provided their comments or gave technical support on certain aspects of the development.
Aquaculture ponds along the riverbank and the river reserve of the Kurau River will pose threats to the environment and subsequently the local community. Among the threats and adverse effects that will be faced by the local and fisher communities if this project proceeds are pollution due to the discharge of effluents from the aquaculture ponds, erosion of the Kurau riverbank, sedimentation of the river and problems arising from boats and other vehicles plying the area with their loads.Read more