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
Pedu Dam water level low in August 2016 Picture : SAM
Press Statement 9 March 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the call by Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) for an immediate ban of logging in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve and to gazette the forest reserve as a water catchment area.
It was reported recently that the Kedah Forestry Department had issued a stop-work order to a company conducting logging activities in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve in Sik after it was found to have breached conditions of its logging licence. Lately signboards indicating licence to take forest produce from several compartments in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve have also been encountered.
The Greater Ulu Muda area consists of several forest reserves, the biggest of which is the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve. The Greater Ulu Muda forests play an important role as a water catchment area for the Ahning, Pedu and Muda dams which supply drinking water to Kedah (including Langkawi), Penang and Perlis.Read more
Press Statement 21 September 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned that Pantai Kok in Pulau Langkawi, Kedah will be marred and polluted following coastal reclamation works and deforestation currently taking place in this area.
SAM’s recent survey found that development works are under way here for a tourism related project and preliminary works by the developer had begun a few months ago.Read more
President of SAM, S.M.Mohamed Idris at a press conference hosted by SAM in conjunction of World Environment Day
PRESS STATEMENT 03 JUNE 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses great concern that Malaysia has been, for the wrong reasons, identified by TRAFFIC (a wildlife trade monitoring network) as a popular transit country used by criminal networks for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade.Read more
Clean Malaysia May 07, 2016
Indigenous Penan communities in Sarawak are mad at the continued destruction of their ancestral forests and they won’t be taking it any more. The Penans, who have traditionally been semi-nomadic forest-dwellers, want all logging stopped in the remote Upper Baram region of Sarawak and the area declared a protected national park.
James Lalo Keso, a former penghulu (paramount chief) in the community of Long Lamai, has sent a poetically poignant letter to the state’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem, urging him to impose a moratorium on all logging. Click to read
The Star & Star TV May 01, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: Unknown to many people here, massive clearing has been taking place over the years on a hillslope in Teluk Bahang near the dam, probably even without the knowledge of the authorities.
There is lush greenery on most sides of the site close to the Teluk Bahang dam but the said lot itself has been stripped bare. Click to read