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
Media Statement 28th May 2019
The fate of more than 5,000 fisherfolk in Penang is in critical condition following ongoing and proposed reclamation projects and the increasingly serious marine pollution problem in the state.
Although the problems pervaded by pollution and coastal development have long plagued fisherfolk's livelihood but they have yet to receive proper attention either from the state government or the relevant departments and agencies.
Commenting on the issue of pollution reported in The Star of 28 May 2019, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very concerned because Penang's waters are not only threatened by pollution of solid waste, factory waste, sewage, mud and pig waste but also chemicals that are poisoning and killing marine life as well as potentially affecting public health.
Juvenile fish and fries Destructive Consequences Trawlers Picture : SAM
Media Statement 6 February 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Maritime Enforcement Agency of Malaysia (APMM) and the Fisheries Department of Kedah to take urgent and effective action to resolve the problem of trawling boats encroachment and the activities of clam vessels in the waters off Kuala Muda and Kuala Kedah.
SAM’s survey here found that the income of around 1,000 coastal fishers in both the areas has been badly affected because marine resources particularly fish and prawns that are their main catch have declined. Previously when the fishers were not faced with these problems they were able to earn an income of more than RM1,000.00 a month, but now they manage to get about RM600.00 per month.Read more
The shabby jetty walkway Picture: SAM
Press Statement 26 October 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang State Government, Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) and other relevant agencies to take the initiative to resolve the problem faced by fishermen at the Sungai Tengah jetty, Changkat in Seberang Perai Selatan. The jetty here needs to be upgraded for the sake of the fishers’ well-being and safety.
The inshore fishermen in this area have been lacking basic amenities at this jetty for years, but until now no effective action has been taken by the responsible agencies although the fishermen had brought their problems to the attention of several parties numerous times.Read more
Fishermen of Kampung Sg Batu, Pantai Remis that are threatened by trawler vessels Picture: SAM
Press Statement 12 October 2016
The daily income of nearly 200 fishermen in Kampung Sungai Batu, Pantai Remis, Perak has been affected by the encroachment of trawler vessels into their fishing zone. The problem that has persisted for more than 10 years has not only threatened the fisheries resources and various species of marine life, but also polluted the Zone A where fishermen make a living from.Read more
Malaysiakini 23 August 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) object to the Kedah state government’s proposal to construct a fishery terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah because it will adversely affect the environment and livelihoods of coastal fishers here. Click to read.
Malaysia Outlook August 19, 2016
Non-governmental organisation Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on relevant authorities to look into the plight of fellow fishermen in Kemaman, Terengganu district. Click to read
The Star May 12, 2016
OVERFLOWING leachate believed to be from a retention pond at the Pulau Burung sanitary landfill on the Penang mainland into a mangrove forest and a ditch nearby has raised concern among environmenta-lists.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said they were worried the foamy and blackish water would pollute the environment if the current situation persisted in Nibong Tebal. Click here
My Sinchew.com November 21, 2012 (news translated from Guang Ming Daily)
The Perak government's announcement of the two major development projects in Tanjung Hantu, namely a steel factory and a LNG plant, has worried villagers of Kampung Labuan Bilis, which is located less than 5km from Tanjung Hantu. Click to read