The haze that occurred from the burning Picture: SAM
Media Statement 7 May 2020
The implementation of Phase 1 to 3 of the movement control order (MCO) not only reduced infection rate of the COVID-19 but also helped to educate the public to better appreciate the environment and recognize how it plays an important role in our daily lives.
Although the government has announced a Phase 4 conditional movement control order (CMCO) beginning May 4, 2020 and ending May 12th, 2020, it is not a ticket for us to revert to business-as-usual practices that contribute to environmental pollution or breach environmental laws.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
Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Perlu Tegas Membendung Kegiatan Pencerobohan dan Penerokaan Haram Kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal dan Tanah Kerajaan
Kenyataan Media 28 April 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Kelantan tegas dalam membendung kegiatan pencerobohan dan penerokaan haram untuk tujuan perlombongan di kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) dan Tanah Kerajaan terutama dalam tempoh perintah kawalan pergerakan (PKP).
Walaupun negara masih dalam tempoh pelaksanaan PKP, Pihak Berkuasa Negeri perlu mengarahkan agensi-agensi yang berkenaan melakukan tindakan proaktif apabila menerima aduan awam atau laporan yang disiarkan oleh pihak media.Read more
Indigenous communities depend on food from their farms to supplement during the MCO Picture: SAM
Media statement 2 April 2020
SAM has been receiving reports from indigenous communities in interior Sarawak, which describe how the movement control order (MCO) has affected them. The communities are currently anxious over the dwindling supply of essential food items, daily necessities and cash, and their inability to access medical, banking and other essential services and sell their produce in the nearest rural towns.
As a result of the decline in soil fertility and the proliferation of pests brought about by logging and plantation operations, in the last 30 years, many Sarawak indigenous families had been forced to abandon the cultivation of hill rice. For such families, rice is now purchased in the nearest town, along with other food items such as cooking oil, seasoning herbs and spices, sauces, sugar, salt, infant formula, flour, coffee and tea as well as daily necessities such as fuel and personal care and cleaning products. Fortunately, they are still able to depend on their farms and rivers to provide them with vegetables, fruits and fish, proving to us how a diversified agricultural strategy is instrumental for food security.Read more