Press Statement 27 February 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls upon the Malaysian government to cancel all proposed coastal reclamation projects in the country. The call is based on findings of SAM research and field surveys which indicate that coastal communities and the marine ecosystem have been adversely affected by coastal reclamation projects. The reclamation projects also infringe on fishers rights to livelihood.
SAM’s new publication titled “Impacts of Coastal Reclamation in Malaysia” details the biological, physical, socio-economic, socio-cultural and other impacts of reclamation, highlighting several cases in Malaysia. SAM’s study finds that coastal development and reclamation projects have robbed fishers and communities of use and access to coastal and marine resources.
Thousands of hectares of fishing grounds and marine habitat have disappeared due to the craze for reclamation.Reclamation projects are abound in Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang and Kelantan. For example in Penang, the state government plans to reclaim 4,500 acres south of Penang island, neglecting the heavy toll on fisher communities and marine resources.Read more
Sahabat Alam Malaysia turned 40 years old on 27.09.2017. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we produced a short video to highlight some of our work. We would not have come so far without the support of the communities we work closely with, the dedicated staff as well as friends and well wishers who have believed in our work.
Here is our story.
Malaysiakini 23 August 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) object to the Kedah state government’s proposal to construct a fishery terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah because it will adversely affect the environment and livelihoods of coastal fishers here. Click to read.
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
The Star May 12, 2016
OVERFLOWING leachate believed to be from a retention pond at the Pulau Burung sanitary landfill on the Penang mainland into a mangrove forest and a ditch nearby has raised concern among environmenta-lists.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said they were worried the foamy and blackish water would pollute the environment if the current situation persisted in Nibong Tebal. Click here
Buletin Awani, Astro Awani April 23, 2016
Ribuan ekar tanah paya bakau di Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang telah dimusnahkan untuk projek ternakan akuakultur. Staf SAM Zul teal diwawancara oleh pemberita Astro Awani berkenaan dengan project tersebut. Klik untuk menonton