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
Press Statement 19 September 2016
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are part of the newly-launched Break Free from Plastic movement to stem the tide of plastic pollution across the globe.
It is reported that each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean. Estimates suggest that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean today. In a business as usual scenario the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025 and by 2050 more plastic than fish by weight.Read more
Harakahdaily 22 Ogos 2016
Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa kerajaan Pulau Pinang dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah banjir yang kerap berlaku di Kuala Jalan Baru, Balik Pulau di sini.
Kejadian itu berlaku berpunca daripada keadaan sistem saliran di kawasan berkenaan gagal berfungsi dengan berkesan menyebabkan air dari sungai serta parit di sini melimpah ketika hujan dan membanjiri kawasan tersebut. Klik untuk membaca.
FMT News May 31, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: The government must step up the monitoring of mercury use in view of recent accidents making the news, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said.
CAP President S M Mohamed Idris said a nationwide situation analysis was needed to arrest the problem from spreading. Click to read
The Star May 27, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: Opposition leaders and NGOs who are vocal critics of the state government have been made members of the Penang Transport Council. Click to read
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