Scotched mangrove trees at illlegal dumpaite Picture : SAM
Press Statement 30 January 2019
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in the middle of Pekan Baru Batu Maung and adjacent to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Park is threatened by irresponsible dumping of waste.
Subsequently, the brackish river flowing through the mangrove forest here is inevitably polluted by leachates into a sensitive ecosystem sustained by the mangrove forest located at the back of the Fisheries Research Institute Malaysia.
In the 1960’s before the development of the Penang Airport, Bayan Lepas Free Trade Industrial Zone and other development, this area was fringed by thick mangroves. Most recently in the past few decades, there remained about 20 hectares of mangrove forest. However due to recent intrusive activities, two areas totalling about 15 percent of the entire area have been rendered barren.Read more
dirty river in Batu Maung Picture : SAM
Media Statement 17 January 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Department of Environment (DOE) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) to investigate and take immediate action to overcome residual waste pollution problem in drains near Batu Maung here.
Investigations made by SAM shows that the condition of the area is very disgusting and has foul smell. Drains here are not only filled with variety of residual waste including plastic but also the water in it is of dark black colour and is foamy.
Near the channel at the side of the drain, reddish fluid spots are visible and it is very dubious and worrying is it contains harmful substance.
SAM believes that is the drain is not clean and the act of throwing residual waste carries on, pollution problems in this area will spread especially during rain where all the waste will be carried by the current to the sea.
Concerns are more if the residual waste contains toxic substance causing more harm to the environment, human life and sea life in the coming future.Read more
Keadaan Sungai yang kotor Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Akhbar 17 Januari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP),Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) menyiasat serta mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah pencemaran sisa buangan di dalam longkang dekat Batu Maung di sini.
Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati keadaan di kawasan itu amat menjijikan serta bau busuk. Longkang di sini bukan saja di penuhi berbagai sisa buangan termasuk plastik malah air di dalamnya juga berwarna hitam pekat dan berbuih.
Berhampiran saluran yang terdapat di tepi longkang di sini kelihatan tompok cecair berwarna kemerah-merahan dan ia amat meragukan dan dibimbangi mengandungi bahan berbahaya.
SAM percaya jika longkang terbabit tidak dibersihkan dan perbuatan membuang sisa di sini berterusan masalah pencemaran di kawasan tersebut akan merebak terutama ketika hujan di mana segala bahan kotoran akan di bawa arus ke laut.Read more