Press Statement 1 Oct 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn from media reports that an illegal granite quarry has been carrying out its activities despite the authorities knowing of its operations since 2016. According to media reports today (in the Star), the state government has known about the illegal quarry since its expose in May 2016.
Further, it has been reported that the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had issued a stop-work notice in February and May this year but the operator continued to carry out the quarry works.
It is indeed mind-boggling and shocking that the government authorities have not acted with more urgency, despite the non-compliance by the quarry operator of the stop-work orders and the violation of all the relevant laws in place.
To compound matters, the illegal operations have been taking place partly on hill lands above 76m (250 ft.), which is contrary to the Penang Structure Plan, especially for activities of this sort which involves quarrying and blasting.Read more
Media Statement 28th May 2019
The fate of more than 5,000 fisherfolk in Penang is in critical condition following ongoing and proposed reclamation projects and the increasingly serious marine pollution problem in the state.
Although the problems pervaded by pollution and coastal development have long plagued fisherfolk's livelihood but they have yet to receive proper attention either from the state government or the relevant departments and agencies.
Commenting on the issue of pollution reported in The Star of 28 May 2019, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very concerned because Penang's waters are not only threatened by pollution of solid waste, factory waste, sewage, mud and pig waste but also chemicals that are poisoning and killing marine life as well as potentially affecting public health.
Press Statement 19 March 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang government, Department of Environment (DOE) and the Marine Department to conduct investigation and take immediate action to overcome the mud waste pollution at the waters off Teluk Bahang.
The problem which has been going on for the past one year has escalated recently and threatens the livelihood of more than 200 inshore fishermen in the surrounding area.
In a survey conducted by SAM, the affected fishermen informed us that the cause of the pollution is believed to be from vessels/barges containing mud waste or sludge, disposing the waste on their way from the reclamation site at Gurney Drive to Pulau Kendi.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 19 Mac 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Pulau Pinang,Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan Jabatan Laut menjalankan siasatan dan mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi pencemaran sisa lumpur di perairan Teluk Bahang ketika ini.
Masalah yang berlarutan sejak lebih setahun yang lalu itu kini semakin kerap berlaku serta mengancam kehidupan lebih 200 nelayan pantai di kawasan berkenaan.
Dalam tinjauan yang dibuat nelayan-nelayan yang terlibat memberitahu SAM bahawa ia di percayai berpunca dari tindakan kapal pengangkut sisa lumpur dari tapak projek penambakan laut di Persiaran Gurney membuang bahan itu ketika dalam perjalanan ke Pulau Kendi.Read more
The Star & Star TV May 01, 2016
GEORGE TOWN: Unknown to many people here, massive clearing has been taking place over the years on a hillslope in Teluk Bahang near the dam, probably even without the knowledge of the authorities.
There is lush greenery on most sides of the site close to the Teluk Bahang dam but the said lot itself has been stripped bare. Click to read