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
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
New Straits Times April 12, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: Two civil societies have called on the Sarawak government to stop further turning peatland into oil palm plantations. Sahabat Alam Malaysia vice-president Mohideen Abdul Kader claimed large-scale development had damaged large tracts of swamp forest resources. Click to read