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.
Sebahagian daripada kandang babi yang terdapat di Tanjung Sepat, Selangor. Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Akhbar 28 November 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Selangor memberi perhatian serius dan mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah pencemaran najis babi yang berlaku di Tanjung Sepat daerah Kuala Langat ketika ini.
Masalah yang berlarutan sejak berpuluh tahun yang lalu itu bukan saja menjejaskan alam sekitar di kawasan berkenaan malah turut mengancam sumber pendapatan nelayan, hutan paya bakau dan hidupan laut di perairan tersebut.
Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat SAM mendapati kira-kira 1,000 nelayan di kawasan ini mengeluh kerana tempat mereka mencari rezeki semakin teruk tercemar dan tidak ada tindakan berkesan yang diambil walau pun masalah itu sudah sampai ke pengetahuan pihak berkuasa berkenaan.
Media Statement 28 November 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Selangor government to pay serious attention and take immediate action to curb the problem of pig waste pollution in Tanjung Sepat in the District of Kuala Langat.
The long-standing problem from decades ago not only threatens the environment here but also affects the livelihood of fishermen and marine life in the waters here.
About 1,000 fishermen in this area lament that their source of livelihood is very polluted and no effective action has been taken to resolve the problem although the authorities are well aware of the situation here.
In SAM’s recent survey we found that food vendors and their customers complained of the nauseating, unbearable stench. The food vendors were worried that their business will decline and public health will be affected if the State government keeps silent on this issue.Read more
The dilapidated jetty in Chukai that has not been repaired to date. SAM Picture
PRESS STATEMENT 19 August 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Terengganu government, relevant departments and agencies to take immediate action to address the problem faced by 200 inshore fishers in Chukai, Kemaman district.
For the past ten years the fishers had to put up with a damaged jetty to moor their boats and land their catch. In addition, fishermen in the area are often threatened by trawlers and many of them lamented that they have not received the monthly incentive of RM300.00. SAM is dismayed that although the problems are long-standing but until now no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to resolve the fishers predicaments.Read more