Press Statement 27 May 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal Government to urgently expedite efforts to secure international funds to help states protect and conserve their forests, which are vital for addressing climate change and protect biodiversity, instead of allowing them for logging and other purposes.
SAM makes this call in view of media reports yesterday that Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor had said that 40 forest concession holders had to be paid RM1 billion in compensation or be given replacement forests due to the withdrawal of their concessions in permanent reserve forests by the previous government.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
Halt the de-gazettement and development. It is not the right answer to solving issues of fire-prone forests, experts say
PRESS RELEASE : SAVE KUALA LANGAT NORTH FOREST RESERVE FROM DE-GAZETTEMENT
SELANGOR, 16 APRIL 2020: As the country is mired in COVID-19 crisis, the situation of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) remains unknown. The Coalition for the Protection of Selangor’s Forests had demanded through its press statement on March 26 that the de-gazettement process for the KLNFR to be suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The current Movement Control Order (MCO) has made it impossible to have any proper assessment of impacts or dialogue on the proposed de-gazettement. The Coalition also disagrees with the justification provided by the Selangor state government that the land is being developed because it is “fire-prone”.
Leela Panikkar, Director of Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) and coordinator of the Coalition said, “The extension of the MCO to April 28 has made it impossible to undertake any detailed environmental and social impact assessment as it will involve site visits and consultation with all related stakeholders. Local communities are still unaware of the proposed project. The Selangor state government until now has not provided any explanation of how the proposed development will benefit the indigenous people living near KLNFR and other stakeholders. This needs to be formally clarified publicly to all stakeholders”.Read more
Encroachment And Illegal Cultivation In Part Of Compartments 37, 38 & 33, Bukit Larut Forest Reserve In Larut Matang & Kuala Kangsar Forest Districts, Perak
Explored Bukit Larut Forest Reserve Picture : SAM
Media Statement 22 March 2020
During the period of the Movement Control Order it is highly probable for activities related to forest offences to escalate. Among the activities related to forest offences include entering a Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF) without a permit, and clearing or breaking up any land in the PRF for cultivation or any other purpose.
Based on information from the public and referring to coordinates in a topography map, it is suspected that forest clearing activities for agriculture are being carried out at part of Compartment 33 of Bukit Larut Forest Reserve (HS Bukit Larut) in the Forest District of Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Part of Compartment 37 and Compartment 38 of HS Bukit Larut in the Larut Matang Forest District had been cleared long ago. Compartment 33 adjoins Compartment 37.Read more
Letter to editor 5 March 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) echoes the recent call by His Royal Highness, Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, on the need to protect forests and trees.
According to media reports, Sultan Nazrin had said that “trees and forests were no longer appreciated, as they both were increasingly seen as commercial produce for timber, while forests were seen as land for commercial farming that resulted in rampant logging”. He is reported to have made these remarks at the at the opening of the state-level Landscape Day celebration on 3rd March.
SAM completely agrees with him on how our forests and trees are not valued enough, especially the important role they play in the sequestration of carbon dioxide, which is the main gas in Malaysia’s greenhouse gas emissions.Read more
Media Statement 20 January 2020
SAM is greatly alarmed by the news on the sharp drop of the water level of dams in Penang and Kedah over the last two months. The water level capacity of the Air Itam and Teluk Bahang dams on the Penang Island was reported to stand at 62 and 39 per cent currently. Meanwhile in Kedah, the capacity of its Ahning, Pedu, Muda, Beris and Malut dams was recorded at 62 per cent, 48 per cent, 18 per cent, 81 per cent and 86 per cent, respectively.
According to the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), between September and December 2019, the total rainfall recorded in the Air Itam dam area was only 702 mm. This was equivalent to only 44 per cent of the three year average of 1,577 mm, recorded during the same period between 2016 and 2018. For the Teluk Bahang dam, the total rainfall recorded in the dam area between September and December 2019 was 1,732 mm, equivalent to only 56 per cent of the same three-year average of 3,101mm.
We definitely agree with the assessment of the chief executive officer of PBAPP that the low rainfall in Penang in the last four months of 2019 is linked to climate change. Today, we have to accept that climate change is the new normal.Read more
Press Release 21 July 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the launch of our publication – ‘The Land We Lost – Native customary rights and monoculture plantations in Sarawak’, the outcome of our research on how large pulp and paper, timber tree and oil palm plantations have caused deforestation, river pollution and the violations of native customary rights (NCR) in Sarawak.
This publication stresses on the importance of understanding the context of large monoculture plantations in Sarawak accurately, as it entails two destructive factors that cannot be denied in any way. First, it involves the destruction of forests, rivers and the environment. This is in fact a post-logging development, which began in the 1990s, as a result of the depletion in natural timber resources caused by the excessive logging conducted between the 1980s and 1990s. Second, it involves the violations of the NCR. Both factors are caused by various systemic weaknesses in governance, policy and law, which have failed to ensure sustainable forestry management and provide land tenure security for the NCR.Read more
HENTIKAN AKTIVITI PEMBALAKAN DAN PEMUSNAHAN HUTAN - Pemberian Tong Percuma Bukan Jalan Penyelesaian Masalah Bekalan Air Di Kedah
Longgokan balak yang ditebang di Hutan Simpan Ulu Muda Gambar : SAM
Kenyataan Media 15 Jun 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Kedah mengambil tindakan menghentikan segera aktiviti pembalakan dan pemusnahan hutan dalam usaha mengatasi masalah kekurangan bekalan air yang dihadapi oleh penduduk-penduduk di negeri ini.
Tumpuan utama yang perlu diberikan ialah punca kawasan tadahan air yang terancam akibat aktiviti tersebut. Kalau beri tong kepada pengguna atau menukar paip lama kepada yang baru pun tidak ada gunanya jika paip akan terus kering kerana sumber air iaitu hutan di negeri ini terus dimusnahkanRead more
Siaran Akhbar 21 Mac 2017
Pada Hari Perhutanan Sedunia 21 Mac ini, 200 pertubuhan mengingatkan Pertubuhan Makanan dan Pertanian Sedunia (Food and Agriculture Organisation - FAO) bahawa definisi hutannya sejak 1948 mengelirukan dan mestilah ditukar. Definisinya membolehkan industri perladangan menyembunyikan kesan buruk ekologi dan sosial daripada perladangan pokok monokultur berskala besar di sebalik imej hutan yang positif.
Definisi hutan FAO membolehkan industri perladangan memanggil ladang monokultur yang menggunakan spesies cepat membesar seperti eucalyptus, pain, getah atau akasia sebagai “hutan” kerana definisi hutannya hanya dengan bilangan, ketinggian dan sudur yang melindungi pokok di sesuatu kawasan. Definisi hutan FAO digunakan sebagai rangka tindakan bagi lebih 200 definisi hutan di peringkat antarabangsa dan kebangsaan sejak 1948.Read more
Press Release 21 March 2017
On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are reminding the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that its misleading forest definition dating back to 1948 must be changed. The definition has allowed the plantations industry to hide the devastating ecological and social impacts of large-scale monoculture tree plantations behind a positive forest image.
FAO’s forest definition has allowed the plantations industry to call their monoculture plantations of fast-growing species such as eucalyptus, pine, rubber or acacia “forests” because it defines a forest only by the number, height and canopy cover of trees on an area. The FAO forest definition has been used as blueprint for over 200 national and international forest definitions since 1948.Read more