Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Terengganu State Government and local authorities to review plans for issuance of license for bauxite mining because the mining has potential to cause adverse impacts to the environment and harm the lives of the people in the State.
SAM commented on a report in a local newspaper (Sinar Harian: 23 November 2015) which states that the government is willing to consider license application for bauxite mining in Terengganu because it could generate revenue for the state since the current market price of bauxite is very high.
We wish to respond to the article "Securing our food supply with GM crops" by Dr. Hoe-Han Goh published in the New Straits Times on 14 November 2015. Dr. Goh extolled the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops in several countries, but his article failed to provide the full picture and we seek to address this important gap.
In the case of India, after 10 years of Bt cotton (a GM cotton) cultivation, the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture released a report in August 2012 stating that "There have been no significant socio-economic benefits to the farmers because of the introduction of Bt cotton. On the contrary, being a capital-intensive agricultural practice, investments of the farmers have increased manifold, thus exposing them to far greater risks due to massive indebtedness, which a vast majority of them can ill afford. The experience of the last decade has conclusively shown that while [GM agriculture] has extensively benefited the industry, as far as the lot of poor farmers is concerned, even the trickle down is not visible".
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to avoid eating meat for the benefit of our health and environment.
A latest study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found "sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of meat especially processed meat causes colorectal cancer."
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) finds the response from the Rural and Development Minister on the serving of turtle eggs at a function in a restaurant in Sabah baffling.
If the plate of turtle eggs had not been included in the list of menu would it be served to the diners seated with the Minister or is it a complimentary dish from the restaurant?
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) reproached the authorities because weakness of enforcement has brought about environmental disaster such as the landslide in Lentang, Bentong District, Pahang on 11 November.
The relevant authorities should have learned from a number of disasters that had happened in the past and be more responsible and committed in managing the environment and natural resources.
The landslide is located on the main range, which is known as the “Central Forest Spine (CFS)”, Titiwangsa Range. According to the National Physical Plan (NPP), the region is categorised as an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA), which needs to be conserved.