Consumers Association of Penang

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Groups to ASEAN: Act on plastic pollution, push Zero Waste in the region

Plastic waste at a collection centre.

On the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrated this month, environmental groups urged the regional body to act on plastic pollution in the region.

“ASEAN member countries can stop plastic pollution and protect our oceans by instituting policies that will reduce the use of single-use disposable plastics, protecting the region’s borders from becoming dumping grounds of waste and polluting waste management technologies from other countries, and implementing ecological and real solutions to the waste crisis,” said Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) movement.

CAP URGES PADANG TERAP FARMERS’ PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED IMMEDIATELY

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urged the Kedah government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to build a well-functioning irrigation system in Mukim Padang Terap near Kuala Nerang to irrigate 500 hectares of paddy fields here.

The villages involved are Kampung Lubuk Labi, Kampung Tanjung, Kampung Padang Gelanggang, Kampong Pok and Kampung Tanah Merah.

Immediate action should be taken by the relevant agencies as roughly 100 farmers in the area may face serious adverse impacts due to insufficient water supply for the paddy fields they are working on.

WASTE DUMPING AFFECTS BEAUTY OF PULAU LANGKAWI – SAM

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Langkawi Municipal Council to take immediate action to address the solid waste pollution problem that is affecting the environment and the beauty of the island.

POLLUTION IN DID DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AT SEBERANG PERAI SELATAN NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED IMMEDIATELY

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Penang Inshore Fishermen Welfare Association (PIFWA) are requesting the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and related agencies to monitor and address the water pollution problems in DID’s drainage systems that are becoming more noticeable day by day.

The drains that are found polluted includes Parit D3 (Parit Paya Mahang B), Parit A3/PT.SIAM A3, Parit E2 (Parit Kg.Baru B) and few other drains around the area of Seberang Perai Selatan. These drains can be clearly seen from the main road and the North-South Expressway, from the Batu Kawan toll exit. Other than that, these drains can also be seen by accessing the following roads: Sungai Bakap, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat (SPS District) as well as Mukim 12 Jalan Kebun Baru and Jalan Ban Sungai Sembilang, Juru (Seberang Perai Tengah District).

From the survey done, it was observed that the water in the drains were dark in color, foamy and foul-smelling. It is very likely that the water pollution that occurred is due to the release of animal feces and aquaculture waste as well as waste released from the business and industrial premises around the area.

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%.