Press Statement 1 November 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses its shock on the latest news by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) dated 29 of October which reported on the arrival of the first batch of Malaysian sand to Thoothukudi Port in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
The export of sand went ahead despite protest and criticism from various NGOs in Malaysia, when the issue was made public a few months back.
SAM had written to several Ministries to get clarification regarding the export of sand from Malaysia, but have yet to receive a response on this matter.
This is a sad episode for the country given how Malaysia’s own natural resources has been sacrificed by a few greedy local businesses.
Followers of this issue will be aware that the reason behind India’s decision to import Malaysia’s sand is largely due to the former’s decision to protect its own depleting natural sand reserves.Read more
Sand mining and logging in Gunung Inas permanent reserved forest threaten environmental equilibrium in Ulu Mahang
Logs from Gunung Inas Forest Reserve. Picture: SAM
Press Statement 24 October 2017
The Kedah State Government, Kedah Forestry Department, Kulim District and Land Office should pay serious attention to sand mining operations in the Gunung Inas Permanent Reserved Forest located near Kampung Ulu Mahang, Kulim, Kedah.
Although the ongoing sand mining operations has been approved by the State Authority, this has to be reviewed because it involves a permanent reserved forest. Similarly logging activities in the permanent reserved forest is still widespread because this extractive activity has been approved too.Read more