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.
CAP urges the Penang state government and Forestry Department to investigate the felling of mangrove trees in Kuala Jalan Baru, Balik Pulau. Stringent action should be taken immediately on those responsible in committing this atrocity.
Penan villages in Sungai Patah, Baram, facing a double threat from logging and the proposed construction of Baram Dam
SAM (Sahabat Alam Malaysia) has been informed by Penan villagers in Sungai Patah, Baram that their native customary land is now confronted by a double threat simultaneously. The first threat comes from the attempt of a logging company to encroach into their communal forest reserve which has been successfully protected since the people’s last blockade in the area in 2008-2009. The proposed construction of the Baram Dam meanwhile poses another looming threat to their lives.
Friends of Ulu Muda (FOUM), a coalition of concerned Malaysian civil society organisations of which CAP and SAM are members of has called on the Kedah State Government to gazette the Ulu Muda forests as water catchment forests under the National Forestry Act 1984.
CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very glad that the proposed creation of offshore concrete structures for mixed development slated to be developed on the West Coast of Penang Island has been scrapped.