Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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.

Investigate Cause of River Pollution in Kangar and Curb the Pollution Immediately

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has urged the Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to investigate the cause of the river pollution in Kangar, Perlis and take appropriate measures to curb the pollution.

SAM’s observation found a variety of waste materials, particularly plastic items floating in the river here and the water looked dirty and silted. SAM is disappointed that although the river has been polluted for some time but until now effective action has yet to been taken by the authorities to stop the pollution.