Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Landslide in Paya Terubong shows need for hill protection

Landslide site in Paya Terubong.

We, as representatives of residents from several residential areas in Penang, express our grave concerns over the landslide at a hillslope near Lebuh Rambai 13 in Paya Terubong, Penang, that took place morning of Friday, 14 July.

The landslide happened following heavy thunderstorms that occurred early morning of Friday. Luckily this time, there were no fatalities.

Proposed three major road projects in Penang: NOT A SOLUTION TO TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

Many Penangites may not be aware that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed three major road projects in Penang has been displayed for public comments since 19 June 2017.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) have written to the Department of Environment (DOE) to request an extension of time for public feedback (which is due on 19 July 2017). We are awaiting a response.

Support for appeal by Sungei Ara residents against Sunway Hills project on hillslopes

Several Residents’Associations and organisations in Penang have come together in a show of support and solidarity for the Sungei Ara residents who are appealing the decision of the Penang High Court, delivered on 29 May 2017.

The High Court had ruled in favour of Sunway City and overturned the decision of the Penang Appeals Board which had decided in favour of the residents in not granting planning permission for the Sunway Hills project.

IS MALAYSIA A DUMPING GROUND FOR CONTAMINATED PLASTIC WASTE?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is appalled to learn that hundreds of containers filled with plastic wastes and scrap tyres have been shipped to and left abandoned at Port Klang.

Despite imposing stringent measures, it was reported that at the height of the problem, the port had almost 800 containers of such waste and had to clear them over the years until 280 of such containers remained.

Heed alert by Bank Negara on so-called ‘environmental investments’

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw the attention of the State Governments and the general public to the listing of Climate Protectors Sdn Bhd (CPSB) and EcoBit (a cryptocurrency-based investment project) on Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Financial Consumer Alert service on 23 June, 2017 as ‘companies and websites which are neither authorised nor approved under the relevant laws and regulations administered by BNM.’(See http://www.bnm.gov.my/document s/2017/20170629_FCA_EN.pdf)

We welcome the alert by BNM as the ‘investment’ promoted by these entities is purportedly banking on the Kelantan forest carbon offset project that was signed early this year between Climate Protectors and the Kelantan State Government.