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Terbitan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) mengenai kesan penambakan laut adalah berdasarkan kepada kajian dan tinjauan luar SAM. Laporan ini menunjukkan penambakan laut telah menjejaskan ekosistem laut dan masyarakat persisiran pantai. Projek penambakan juga menjejaskan sektor perikanan, sumber pendapatan dan kelangsungan hidup nelayan. SAM menggesa Kerajaan Malaysia dan Negeri-Negeri untuk membatalkan semua cadangan projek penambakan di negara ini.
Press Release 19 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn of the decision by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister (WLNR), Dr. Xavier Jayakumar to lift the moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang and for activities to resume effective 1 April.
While the WLNR Ministry is responsible for regulating the mining industry including bauxite, it does not have the jurisdiction and authority to regulate the environmental impacts of such mining activities, which is within the purviewof the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) for the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 19 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) amat terkejut dengan keputusan yang dibuat oleh Menteri Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar menarik balik moratorium terhadap perlombongan bauksit di Pahang dan bagi aktiviti disambung semula berkuatkuasa 1 April.
Sementara Kementerian Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli (WLNR) bertanggungjawab untuk mengawal industri perlombongan termasuk bauksit, ia tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk mengawal kesan alam sekitar seperti aktiviti perlombongan, yang terletak di bawah Kementerian Tenaga, Sains, Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) bagi penguatkuasaan Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974.Read more
SAM is disappointed with approval of Monoculture Plantation Development Projects in Permanent Reserved Forests in Perak
Press Statement 15 February 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is disappointed and objects the approval allegedly given by the Perak State Authority for development of monoculture plantations in Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve (HS Kledang Saiong) and Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve (HS Bukit Kinta) in the Forest District of Kinta Manjung which is going viral in social media. We also object other monoculture plantation development projects planned in the state.
SAM views that the policy on promoting the development of forest plantations (monoculture plantation) within Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) should be abolished.
Typically, the justification and grounds of State Authorities to approve a monoculture plantation development project is that the identified areas are defined as poor forests or degraded forests.
It is to be noted that a PRF in Malaysia becomes a poor forest or degraded forest not because of natural factors but due to human factors, especially encroachment and illegal exploration.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 15 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) kecewa dan membantah berhubung dakwaan Pihak Berkuasa Negeri telah meluluskan projek pembangunan ladang hutan di Hutan Simpan Kledang Saiong (HS Kledang Saiong) dan Hutan Simpan Bukit Kinta (HS Bukit Kinta), Daerah Hutan Kinta Manjung yang tular terutama di media sosial serta lain-lain projek pembangunan ladang hutan di negeri Perak.
SAM berpendirian bahawa dasar berhubung penggalakkan melaksana pembangunan ladang hutan (ladang monokultur) dalam kawasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) perlu dimansuhkan.
Kebiasaannya, justifikasi dan alasan utama Pihak Berkuasa Negeri meluluskan sesuatu projek pembangunan ladang monokultur ialah kerana kawasan yang dikenal-pasti ditakrifkan sebagai hutan miskin atau hutan terosot.
Perlu diketahui bahawa sesuatu kawasan HSK di Malaysia menjadi hutan miskin atau hutan terosot bukan disebabkan oleh faktor semula-jadi tetapi disebabkan oleh faktor manusia terutama kegiatan pencerobohan dan penerokaan haram.Read more
LETTER TO EDITOR 14 February 2019
SAM has recently received reports from the Penan community of Kampung Batu Bungan in Mulu, Sarawak that in January this year, road construction for an oil palm plantation began to encroach on their customary territory, which is adjacent to the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area. In response, the community had set up a blockade and lodged a police report in Marudi to halt the encroachment. However, the blockade was then reportedly dismantled by the road construction workers.
In September last year, the federal Minister of Plantation Industries announced that the new government will not allow any more expansion of oil palm plantations in the country in its effort to ensure that Malaysia maintains a 50 per cent forest cover. By December, Sarawak was also reported to be committed to this. Although we applaud this move, as the Kampung Batu Bungan case shows, there are still many unresolved issues surrounding the matter.
According to the Sarawak Forests Department, under its Licence for Planted Forests (LPF) system, 43 timber tree plantation licences have been issued over 2.8 million hectares. These licences are located on both the reserved permanent forest estates as well as non-reserved stateland forests. Some of the licences are also allowed to devote not more than 20 per cent of their concession areas for the cultivation of oil palm. Plantable areas are estimated to be at 1.3 million hectares and 285,520 hectares for timber trees and oil palm, respectively. As of December 2013, 325,314 hectares and 146,578 hectares have been planted with timber trees and oil palm, respectively.Read more
They were discovered in horrific condition by Grant Miller, head of the national Border Force Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at Heathrow who commented, “It is just not acceptable for reptiles to be transported in this way.”
Each box only had room for four crocodiles but instead 10 foot-long reptiles had been packed into each one. Due to very limited space the crocodiles started fighting each other during the flight resulting in the death of one saltwater crocodile.
Apart from contravening of CITES regulations, this is a clear example of how Malaysian wildlife exporters and traders are only into profits without any regard for animal welfare. Squeezing as many reptiles into a box while limiting the number of boxes used in order to save costs is the norm for these wildlife exporters.
Press Release 31 Jan 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) call on the Penang state government to make public its findings into the Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide tragedy and to disclose the conditions under which works are being allowed to proceed.
This call is made in the wake of works being allowed to proceed on the road, following the lifting of stop-work orders issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health as well as the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), as reported in the media today.
Given that the State had carried out internal investigations on the tragedy which occurred on Oct.17 which saw the loss of 9 lives, it is vital for the findings to be made public, so that there is transparency in the process.
We would like to know if the relevant authorities are being held accountable for their inactions in relation to the tragedy.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 31 Januari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) dan Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang agar membuatpendedahan awam hasil siasatan yang dijalankan ke atas tragedi tanah runtuh di Bukit Kukus serta mengemukakan syarat-syarat yang membenarkan kerja-kerja pembinaan diteruskan.
Gesaan ini dibuat berikutan kerja-kerja pembinaan dibenarkan untuk disambung semula di jalan terbabit, ekoran penarikan balik perintah menghentikan kerja yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan serta Majlis Bandaran Pulau Pinang (MBPP), seperti yang dilaporkan dalam media hari ini.
Memandangkan Kerajaan Negeri telah menjalankan siasatan dalaman mengenai tragedi berkenaan yang berlaku pada 17 Oktober tahun lalu, di mana 9 nyawa terkorban, adalah penting hasil siasatan itu didedahkan kepada orang ramai agar ada ketelusan dalam proses terbabit.Read more
Scotched mangrove trees at illlegal dumpaite Picture : SAM
Press Statement 30 January 2019
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in the middle of Pekan Baru Batu Maung and adjacent to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Park is threatened by irresponsible dumping of waste.
Subsequently, the brackish river flowing through the mangrove forest here is inevitably polluted by leachates into a sensitive ecosystem sustained by the mangrove forest located at the back of the Fisheries Research Institute Malaysia.
In the 1960’s before the development of the Penang Airport, Bayan Lepas Free Trade Industrial Zone and other development, this area was fringed by thick mangroves. Most recently in the past few decades, there remained about 20 hectares of mangrove forest. However due to recent intrusive activities, two areas totalling about 15 percent of the entire area have been rendered barren.Read more