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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

A community from Long Meraan Sarawak Malaysia blockading a logging company © Friends of the Earth Malaysia SAM.

Now more than ever we stand in solidarity with indigenous communities in their historic struggle: statement from Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific

Today on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific (FoE APAC) groups from 12 countries are celebrating the stories of the indigenous communities.

Globally, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples, the majority of whom are living in the Asia Pacific region. UN figures indicate that they make up less than 5% of the global population and are considered to belong to the poorest 15%.

Halt construction of more dams in Sarawak

SAM is gravely concerned with the proposal to proceed with the construction of the Trusan dam in Lawas, Sarawak, as announced by its Chief Minister on July 21. The dam has a planned generation capacity of 275 MW. It is one of the 12 hydroelectric projects proposed for Sarawak, which also include the Murum, Baram and Baleh dams. The Murum dam has already been completed. The construction of the Baleh dam, with a planned generation capacity of 1,285 MW, is expected to commence in October 2018 and completed in 2025.

However, the construction of the Baram dam was called off by the former Chief Minister of Sarawak, the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, in March 2016, amid the sustained blockade and protest by affected communities. As reported by Channel News Asia later in May 2016, Adenan stressed that the cancellation of the Baram dam was the result of his examination on the matter. “Thereʼs no need to have another big dam. We can have mini dams and so on, but not a big dam especially when we donʼt supply (power) to west Malaysia anymore.”

Quarrying Approved in Segari Melintang Forest Reserve: Perak State Authority Not Adhering to Resolution of the National Land Council

Road across the river not constructed properly, hence obstructing water flow and can contribute to erosion and sedementation.

Statement by the Perak State Forestry Director Datuk Mohamed Zin Yusof that logging areas in part of Compartment 13, 14, 15 and 16, Segari Melintang Forest Reserve (HS Segari Melintang) in  Manjung District, Perak has been approved for quarrying confirms Sahabat Alam Malaysia’s (SAM ) prior assertions on this matter.

The approval of quarry activities in the Permanent Reserved Forests (HSK) is contradictory and does not comply with the 70th Meeting of the National Land Council in 2014.

TREES CHOPPED DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS IN KUALA KANGSAR, PERAK

This Rain Tree is probably more than 100 years old. Field officer from Sahabat Alam Malaysia survey in Kuala Kangsar with journalists.

This big tree that was cut down has 2 species Rain tree wrapped by Banyan.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) sadly discovered that several trees have been felled in a number of areas in Kuala Kangsar, mainly in Sungai Perak Square (Dataran Sungai Perak) and Jalan Dato' Sagor.

SAM found that the trees that had been cut down were mature trees. The trees at Jalan Dato' Sagor that were chopped down were estimated to be over 30 years old.

SAM questions the justification and the need for these trees to be chopped down, as to whether the area concerned would be used for public benefit that was inevitable, or was there an urgent need for the trees to be destroyed.

Were there no other alternative besides cutting down the tree? Or if it was absolutely necessary in the interest of the public, why did not the Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (MPKK) move the affected trees and plant them elsewhere?

Among the trees that have been felled are Ara (Ficus spp.), Raintree (Samanea saman) and Khaya (Khaya senegalensis).

Therefore, SAM urges the MPKK to account for the felling of the trees in Kuala Kangsar.

MEDIA STATEMENT, 24 July 2017

"Noise will be an issue":Penang elevated highways will pass near highrise apartments

“Noise and vibration from traffic movement” will be an issue for residents living in a string of apartment blocks, according to the environmental impact assessment for three proposed highways in Penang.

The tower blocks affected are:

Package 1

  • Taman Leader Condominium
  • Surin Condominium
  • Taman Tanjung Bungah
  • Waterfront Condominium
  • Coastal Tower
  • Desa Mar Vista Apartment
  • Beverly Hills
  • Sri Sayang Service Apartment
  • Ferringhi Delima Condominium

Package 2

  • All Season Palace Condominium
  • Boulevard Condominium
  • Greenlane Heights
  • Delima Palace and others

The visual landscape will also change. “Residents in the highrise buildings will no longer see clear sky but in place an elevated road passing their homes”, which will “change the visual aesthetics in the area”.

For More Details Read: http://anilnetto.com/economy/development-issues/noise-will-issue-penang-elevated-highways-will-pass-close-apartments/