Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970


Pollution of Sungai Pahang, Tasik Chini and Tasik Mentiga

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Pahang government to stop logging and mining activities in the state to curb the worsening problem of pollution of the Pahang River, Tasik  Chini and Tasik Mentiga in the district of Pekan.  

The problem that has persisted for more than 20 years does not only affect the water catchment and water supply for more than 10,000 Felda Chini settlers and communities in the surrounding areas but also the livelihood of the Orang Asli communities in the district whose source of income has been affected.


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the  Sungai Petani Municipal Council (MPSPK), Department of Environment (DoE) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to take urgent action to resolve the river pollution in Sungai Petani which is getting worse.

The river pollution that has been on-going for more than 10 years now has not only caused the river to be full of rubbish and waste but has also made the water become black and smelly.

FAO definition must recognize that plantations are not forests!

On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are reminding the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that its misleading forest definition dating back to 1948 must be changed. The definition has allowed the plantations industry to hide the devastating ecological and social impacts of large-scale monoculture tree plantations behind a positive forest image.

FAO’s forest definition has allowed the plantations industry to call their monoculture plantations of fast-growing species such as eucalyptus, pine, rubber or acacia “forests” because it defines a forest only by the number, height and canopy cover of trees on an area. The FAO forest definition has been used as blueprint for over 200 national and international forest definitions since 1948.

Treat alien fish species with the same concerns as oil spills

Sahabat Alam Malaysia learnt to our horror, as reported in a Bahasa Malaysia daily, the irreversible damage to our environment with the invasion of an alien fish species, in this particular case - the African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) into our rivers and ecosystem.

Alien species that enter a biological niche where they have never before existed can be difficult to control and predict,  which  can have  catastrophic economic consequences, but the authorities do not see it that way.  One of the greatest dangers is that some alien species create synergies with other aliens, with disastrous consequences. As more invaders are accumulating in ecosystems, it can be expected that they will be more disruptive.


This is the condition of the polluted Sg. Nipah.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to take urgent action to address the pollution of the Keluang and Nipah Rivers  near Bayan Lepas.

The pollution of these two rivers for the past 10 years has caused the water of both the rivers to become black and muddy.  The rivers are not only an eye-sore and revolting, but also emits a nauseating stench.