Press Statement 22 July 2019
Referring to the announcement on the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) website, the National Biosafety Board (LBK), is evaluating an application from the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) to conduct a confined field trial on genetically modified rice (GM rice) that is tolerant to glyphosate and resistant to paddy diseases caused by bacteria and fungi. This experiment will reportedly to be carried out at MARDI Arau Station, located in the Tambun Tulang area, in Perlis.
The GM rice that will be tested comes from the well-known Malaysian variety of MR219 with an additional characteristic of tolerant to glyphosate herbicide and susceptibility to bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae and fungus Pyricularia spp. This GM rice is not produced by a typical hybrid method but it is produced in a laboratory using genetic modification technology to create a novel GM rice that does not exist in nature. The application to plant GM paddy in the field has raised serious concerns over its impact on humans and the environment.
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Kenyataan Akbar 22 Julai 2019
Merujuk kepada hebahan di laman web Kementerian Air, Tanah, Dan Sumber Asli (KATS), Lembaga Biokeselamatan Kebangsaan (LBK), sedang menilai satu permohonan dari pihak Institut Penyelidikan Dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI) untuk melaksanakan uji kaji lapangan terkawal padi yang telah diubahsuai genetiknya (Padi GM) supaya tahan terhadap racun glyphosate, serta penyakit padi yang disebabkan oleh bakteria dan kulat. Uji kaji ini dilaporkan akan dilaksanakan di Stesen MARDI Arau, terletak di kawasan Tambun Tulang, Perlis.
Padi GM yang akan diuji ini berasal dari varieti terkenal Malaysia iaitu MR219 dengan ciri tambahan toleran terhadap racun glyphosate dan rentan terhadap bakteria Xanthomonas Oryzae pv Oryzae dan kulat Pyricularia spp. Padi GM ini bukan dihasilkan dengan kaedah kacukan biasa tetapi ia dihasilkan di dalam makmal menggunakan teknologi pengubahsuaian genetik dengan mencampurkan bahan DNA dari tiga hidupan berbeza iaitu padi MR219, bakteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens dan padi Japonica. Permohonan untuk menaman padi GM di lapangan ini telah menimbulkan kebimbangan serius terhadap kesannya kepada manusia dan alam sekitar.
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Letter to Editor 31 May 2019
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refer to Lynas’s announcement in the press (the Sun, May 29, 2019) by Professor Dr. Ismail Bahari, the General Manager of Lynas in charge of radiation safety and compliance that its wastes can be used as a fertiliser or soil conditioner (Condisoil). He said that the Water Leach Purification (WLP) ‘residue’ contains a very low level of radioactive material, equivalent to natural occurring levels. Hence, the waste produced need not go to waste and can provide the agriculture sector an alternative supply of nutrients essential for plants.
In February 2015, the Department of Environment approved Lynas’s proposal to construct a landfill within its premises to store its Neutralisation Underflow (NUF) waste which had been classified as scheduled waste. This approval required Lynas to submit an EIA to the DOE which it did on 15 February 2019.
NUF is historically categorised as radioactive waste materials under AELB. However, the Atomic Energy Licensing (Radioactive Waste Management) Regulations 2011 on P.U. (A) 274 gazetted on 16 August 2011 conveniently created new provisions which allowed the reuse and recycling of radioactive materials.Read more
CAP dan SAM Reda Hati Dengan Penjelasan Menteri MESTECC Berhubung Kenyataan Perdana Menteri Mengenai Kilang Lynas
Kenyataan Akhbar 31 Mei 2019
Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) dan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) pada awalnya bimbang lanjutan daripada laporan di dalam media hari ini di mana Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata bahawa Malaysia akan membenarkan pengeluar nadir bumi Australia, Lynas Corp untuk meneruskan operasi kilang memproses nadir bumi di Gebeng, Pahang.
Kami kini reda hati selepas YB Yeo Bee Yin, Menteri Tenaga, Sains dan Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) menjelaskan bahawa kilang nadir bumi Australia, Lynas Corp masih perlu menyelesaikan isu sisa radioaktif yang dihasilkan kilangnya di Pahang sebelum dibenarkan untuk terus beroperasi.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) are shocked by the recent statement of Entrepreneur Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, who had said that Lynas Malaysia should not be compelled to export its wastes back to Australia, as the plant’s investments are “too big to ignore”.
We find the Minister’s statement completely unacceptable as it clearly reflects that he is putting the profits of the company over and above the safety of the Malaysian people and the environment.
Moreover, it is not the Entrepreneur Minister’s mandate to interfere with the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), who is responsible for handling the toxic and radioactive wastes generated by the Lynas Plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.
CAP Press Release 23 July 2018
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the Penang State Government is seeking a RM 1 billion loan from the Federal Government to jump start the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) to facilitate the Pan Island Link (PIL) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.
Earlier, the Penang Chief Minister Chow KonYeow and his predecessor who is presently the Finance Minister, had assured the public that the project would not involve any public funds.
Now a different story is being told and if this loan goes through, it may put at risk the financial situation of the state of Penang. There are large economic and environmental risks associated with the PTMP and it is doubtful that some key projects linked to the plan can generate revenue to pay for themselves.
Moreover, what if it is later found that the RM 1 billion is insufficient and the State would have to borrow even more? This will only add a heavier burden on the State and the people of Penang.
We have been told by the Federal government, including the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng that Malaysia cannot afford to have new mega-projects because of the trillion-ringgit national debt.
Why should an exception be made for the PTMP? The estimated cost of the project is over RM40 billion.Read more
CAP Press Release 31 May 2018
The federal government has announced it is reviewing expensive projects in view of the high debts and the need to improve the financial situation. CAP congratulates the government for this move. So far the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project and the Klang Valley MRT 3 project have been cancelled while the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and other projects are being reviewed.
CAP congratulates the federal government for these bold and quick moves to save much-needed funds and improve the nation’s finances.
This review of mega projects should not be limited to federal projects. The same review should be done by state governments, on the same principle of avoiding luxury projects and saving costs to protect the finances of the nation and state and the rakyat’s future.
The Penang state government should review the expensive projects it is involved in, and put them on hold until such a review is completed.
CAP is concerned that the new Chief Minister has made it a priority to speed up the implementation of the state’s expensive projects especially those related to the Transport Plan. He even hoped that the new Finance Minister, who is the previous Penang Chief Minister, will be able to assist Penang in getting the projects implemented.Read more