Friends of Ulu Muda (FOUM) urge the Kedah State Government to prioritise conservation and protection of Ulu Muda Forests and develop other sustainable sources of revenue
Press Statement 8 June 2020
Friends of Ulu Muda (FOUM) is a coalition of organisations and individuals working to protect the 160,000 ha Greater Ulu Muda Forest. This forest plays an important role in supporting the livelihood and well-being of the people of Perlis, Penang and Kedah. It is an irreplaceable part of Malaysian and world natural heritage.
FOUM supports the conservation and protection of the Greater Ulu Muda Forest. Recently, the State government of Kedah announced to the media their intention to continue logging to avoid legal claims from 40 logging companies amounting to RM1.5 billion. This statement has raised much concern among FOUM and the public.Read more
State Authorities Should be Stringent in Curbing Illegal Activities in Permanent Reserved Forests and State Land
Media Statement. 28 April 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kelantan State Authority to take stringent action to curb encroachment and illegal exploration activities for mining purposes in the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) and state land especially during the movement control order (MCO).
Although Malaysia is still implementing the MCO, the State Authority should direct the relevant agencies to take proactive action upon receiving public complaints or reports published by the media.Read more
43,502 objections of de-gazettement of the forest reserve summited to Selangor Menteri Besar Office, ExCO of Environment, Green Technology, STI and Consumer Affairs Office, and Selangor State Forestry Office
Press Release 5 MARCH 2020
The Selangor State Government through the Selangor State Forestry Department had placed a notice inviting stakeholders in the Kuala Langat district to voice their objections to the proposed de-gazettement of 930.93 hectares of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) within 30 days.
Responding to the notice, the Coalition for the Protection of Selangor’s Forests comprising of seven environmental and social NGOs actively collected objections from the public and local residents of Kuala Langat district in the form of online petitions, petition forms, objection letters and emails. In 20 days, the Coalition collected a total of 43,502 objections, consisting of 14,422 individual objection letters and 29,080 signatures from the coalition's online petition. These objections were submitted to the Selangor Menteri Besar's Office, Y.B. Tuan Hee Loy Sian, Committee Chairman of Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Consumer Affairs Office, and the Selangor State Forestry Department yesterday at 2.30 p.m. In addition, the coalition of Orang Asli communities from four villagers submitted their objections to the proposed de-gazettement on February 26, 2020.Read more
SAM is disappointed with approval of Monoculture Plantation Development Projects in Permanent Reserved Forests in Perak
Press Statement 15 February 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is disappointed and objects the approval allegedly given by the Perak State Authority for development of monoculture plantations in Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve (HS Kledang Saiong) and Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve (HS Bukit Kinta) in the Forest District of Kinta Manjung which is going viral in social media. We also object other monoculture plantation development projects planned in the state.
SAM views that the policy on promoting the development of forest plantations (monoculture plantation) within Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) should be abolished.
Typically, the justification and grounds of State Authorities to approve a monoculture plantation development project is that the identified areas are defined as poor forests or degraded forests.
It is to be noted that a PRF in Malaysia becomes a poor forest or degraded forest not because of natural factors but due to human factors, especially encroachment and illegal exploration.Read more
Malay Mail Online August 02, 2013
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 2 — Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) or Friends of the Earth Malaysia today expressed regret at the decision of the Perak government to cultivate oil palm in the Bikam forest reserve. Click to read
This is a video (in Bahasa Malaysia) made by KUASA, a local activists group residing in Perak, Malaysia. The Pondok Tanjung Forest Reserve in Perak is the largest peat soil forest reserve in the northern Peninsula. Almost half the size of the area is swampy and has more than 100 types of plants and 54 types of fish. Click to watch