Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP SAM Very Distressed By Flood Tradegy

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia  are very distressed by the tragedy that has taken place yesterday and early morning today in Penang.

The floods, landslides and the disruption of people's lives are even much worst than what happened on 15th Sept.

Yes - there was non stop rain and very high winds, but the major factor causing this has been the removal of the hill forests, silting of the rivers and overdevelopment in Penang which has replaced the green areas with concrete. This has resulted in the heavy rainfall not being able to be drained because the rivers and drainage system are clogged up by silt that cannot clear the rain water.

TBRA: Halt short-sighted urban planning

Penang: Tanjung Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA) is once again calling for the State to halt all short-sighted and patchy urban planning that continue to cause more flooded homes, uprooted trees, power cuts, and making travel inconvenient.

TBRA wants the State to relook at all its urban and sub-urban development projects to see how it can improve the State’s ability to resist and absorb floods. Flood resilience should be a matter of intense and consistent focus by the government in light of the worsening flood conditions in Penang.

SAND MINING AND LOGGING IN GUNUNG INAS PERMANENT RESERVED FOREST THREATEN ENVIRONMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM IN ULU MAHANG

Logs from Gunung Inas Forest Reserve.

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.

Tanjung Bungah Landslide -- State Government and MBPP must explain why DOE objection ignored and be held accountable

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) are shocked to learn that the State Government and the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) have chosen to ignore the objection of the Department of Environment (DOE) for siting the development of the residential project in Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah.

The DOE had rejected the application for planning approval after taking into consideration that the development site is located close to a permanent granite quarry and as there was no buffer zone between the apartment project and the quarrying activities nearby, as required by the ‘Guidelines of Siting and Zoning of Industries and Residential Areas’.

ANOTHER CALL TO STOP ALL HILLSLOPE DEVELOPMENT IMMEDIATELY

PENANG FORUM’S PRESS STATEMENT

Why must it take a tragedy to happen in Penang before the Penang state and local governments wake up to the dangers of rampant and unsustainable development especially on hill slopes? Or will they wake up?

Two years ago, in December 2015, the Penang Forum, alarmed by such negative developments, organized a half-day event titled “Save Our Hills” in which engineering, planning and legal experts gave presentations on the dangers of hillslope development. (The presentations are available on Penang Forum’s website.) It then called on the government to review and stop further hillslope projects.  Very sadly, the call fell on deaf ears and the consequences are painfully evident today after an estimate of perhaps 14 lives could be lost in a landslide in a hillslope project in Tanjung Bungah.