World Environment Day 2020: Need for urgent attention on forest conversions and flooding incidence in Sarawak
The centre of Marudi township in Baram being flooded in December 2019 Picture: SAM
Letter to Editor 5 June 2020
In conjunction with the World Environment Day 2020 with its theme ‘Biodiversity’, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw urgent attention to the serious consequences of the destruction of forests and rivers in Sarawak on human health and well-being. This is all the more critical when the impacts of climate change are upon us.
SAM is most concerned that not enough attention has been given to the issue of the increasing incidence of floods in many parts of the state, in a frequency that has not been seen before. We strongly believe that this has been exacerbated by deforestation and forest degradation for over four decades. This has caused much hardship to local and indigenous communities in several affected areas, and it will only get worse if no remedial actions are taken, primarily by protecting the forests and biodiversity and in rehabilitating degraded areas.Read more
Press Release 15 September 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers’ Association of Penang are alarmed by the massive flash floods that hit Penang both on the island and the mainland following intense downpours throughout the early morning of Friday, 15 September.
Apart from many areas in Penang under water, we also received news of landslides and mudslides in several areas such as in Tanjung Bungah and Paya Terubong, where hill cutting is going on for more high-rise projects.
Clearly, despite previous incidences of floods and landslides in Penang following intense rains, we do not seem to have learned any lessons.
Heavy tropical storms are to be expected in Penang and in the country.Read more
Atasi Segera Masalah Perparitan Punca Limpahan Air di Kawasan Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan dan Relau.
Limpahan air dari Sungai Jawi yang berlaku pada 09 September 2017 yang menyebabkan banjir kilat berlaku. Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Media 14 September 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa pihak-pihak berkenaan supaya menyiasat punca sebenar masalah limpahan air sungai ekoran dari hujan lebat yang berlaku di beberapa kawasan sekitar Seberang Perai Selatan baru-baru ini pada 9 September 2017 (Sabtu). Tindakan wajar termasuk menaik taraf sistem perparitan perlu diambil bagi menangani masalah limpahan air dari memasuki ke kawasan perumahan, kampung, premis perniagaan dan kawasan lain.
Kajian terperinci perlu dibuat oleh pihak-pihak berkenaan kerana masalah perparitan telah menyebabkan limpahan air yang serius hingga mengakibatkan kerosakan harta benda, tanaman, haiwan ternakan dan peliharaan.
Menurut orang awam yang ditemui kejadian limpahan air ini pernah berlaku pada tahun 1997 tetapi situasinya sedikit berbeza kerana warna air pada kali ini berwarna kuning dan bercampur selut.Read more
The floods in Kampung Padang Serai, Pantai Remis, Perak Picture : SAM
Press Statement 15 December 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Perak State government, Manjung Municipal Council (MPM) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to take immediate action to overcome the problem of frequent flooding at Kampung Padang Serai near Pantai Remis here.
The floods have been ongoing since ten years ago but until now no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to identify the causes of the floods that has led to 20 families in this village to be hit by floods every monsoon season.
SAM's survey found that the houses here were waterlogged and the drainage system in the area is not functioning properly. According to residents facing this problem the floods arise from the overflow of water from a nearby river.Read more
Media Statement 02 September 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang government to investigate and take immediate action to resolve the problem of flash floods that frequently occurs in Bayan Baru during the rainy season.
Flash floods occurred again today causing thousands of residents and road users in this township to panic due to overflow of muddy water which flooded the area.Read more
Malaysia Outlook 22 August 2016
Its president S.M Mohamed Idris said around 200 people living in Kampung Kuala Jalan Baru, Kampung Sungai Rusa and Kampung Permatang Pasir are affected every time after heavy downpour. Click to read.
The Star May 14, 2016
THE Government has apologised to Kuala Lumpur folk for the floods caused by the unusual heavy rainfall on Thursday night. Click to read