Highlands and hills plundered, virgin jungles ravaged. Judging from the unceasing reports, the government machinery to stop these illegal clearing of jungles and hill slopes is clearly not functioning effectively.
In Penang, clearing of a hill near Bukit Gambier which is visible even from the Penang Bridge, appears to have not caught the eye of the authorities soon enough to stop this obvious massacre of the hill top. Likewise in Cameron Highlands, despite complaints being lodged, the matter seems to be unheeded, until it is highlighted in the newspapers.
Organic agriculture is a food production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, soil nutrient cycles and soil biological activity. It emphasizes on the use of local management practices while taking into account the fact that regional conditions require locally adapted systems.
Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, CAP President at the launching of CAP’s guidebook on Home Nutrition Garden, 18 May 2013.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
the home garden is traditionally a very important piece of land for rural households. But as our country developed and became more urbanised these backyard or kitchen gardens took a back seat, forgetting its potential for improving household food security and supply of nutrition.
Home nutrition gardening can enhance food security in several ways. Families would have direct access to a diversity of fresh nutritionally-rich foods, save on food bills, earn extra income from sales of excess garden products and have contingency provision such as chillies and tomatoes during seasonal lean periods.
CAP calls on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Department of Standards (Standards Malaysia) to immediately withdraw a Malaysian proposal that it has tabled at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations. We believe that this proposal will have potentially dangerous impacts on public health, food safety and consumer choice.
Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed
Minister of International Trade and Industry
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
15th Floor, Block 10, Government Offices Complex, Jalan Duta,
50622 Kuala Lumpur
21 May, 2013
Open letter from Malaysian NGOs on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
We refer to the statement issued by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to the press on 15 May, 2013, following the remarks made a day earlier by the chief executive officer of the Malay Economic Action Council (Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu), Mohd Nizam Mashar, in relation to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).