Press Statement 27 February 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls upon the Malaysian government to cancel all proposed coastal reclamation projects in the country. The call is based on findings of SAM research and field surveys which indicate that coastal communities and the marine ecosystem have been adversely affected by coastal reclamation projects. The reclamation projects also infringe on fishers rights to livelihood.
SAM’s new publication titled “Impacts of Coastal Reclamation in Malaysia” details the biological, physical, socio-economic, socio-cultural and other impacts of reclamation, highlighting several cases in Malaysia. SAM’s study finds that coastal development and reclamation projects have robbed fishers and communities of use and access to coastal and marine resources.
Thousands of hectares of fishing grounds and marine habitat have disappeared due to the craze for reclamation.Reclamation projects are abound in Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang and Kelantan. For example in Penang, the state government plans to reclaim 4,500 acres south of Penang island, neglecting the heavy toll on fisher communities and marine resources.Read more
Coastal erosion in Tanjung Bungah Picture : SAM
Media Statement 14 June 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned of erosion of the beach in Tanjung Bungah. We urge the Penang State Government and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to immediately investigate the cause of the coastal erosion here.
SAM's survey here found that coastal erosion is quite significant. A nearby resident whom SAM met said that the erosion problem has occurred since 2016, and complained that the DID not take effective action to address the problem despite complaints by residents in the areaRead more
Malaysiakini June 09, 2016
Penang-based environment NGO Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has expressed deep concern over the coastal erosion in a section of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR). Click to read