Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

SAM CALLS ON KELANTAN GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL CARBON OFFSET DEAL

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is deeply concerned by the intention of the Kelantan State Government to enter into a carbon offsetting deal with a carbon trading company involving 25% of its forested land.

It is equally troubling to read the positive angle adopted by media reports in praising the 30-year concession which covers a staggering 396,000ha of forests with the credit generated to be sold to the European carbon market.

CABLE CAR WILL DESTROY ENVIRONMENT OF PENANG HILL, BOTANICAL GARDENS AND SURROUNDINGS

Penang Hill transformed - NST

Sahabat Alam Malaysia is deeply concerned and objects to the proposal of a cable car system in Penang as it would bring about devastating impacts, result in a drastic change in the hill’s atmosphere and surrounding the ground stations.

SAM therefore calls on the Federal and State government to scrap this proposal.

The proposed cable car plan, estimated to cost RM325 million will consist of a line linking the Penang Botanic Gardens and the peak of Penang Hill, and another that links the hill top to Teluk Bahang in the northwestern part of the island.

CAP: DIRECT SEEDING METHOD CAUSES MANY PROBLEMS FOR PADDY FARMERS

The direct seeding method practised by farmers in the country particularly in the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (MADA) area for the past thirty years have brought about many problems in rice cultivation, affecting the income of the farmers.

In a survey conducted by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP), we found that the direct seeding method that has replaced the traditional method (wet rice cultivation where rice seedlings are transplanted from nursery beds to paddy fields), although saves time and labour, is detrimental to farmers due to various threats.

Violations of Orang Asli customary land rights caused by systemic conditions

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the release of the publication Encroachment on Orang Asli Customary Land in Peninsular Malaysia: Causes and Solutions, a result of a collaborative project undertaken with the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM).

SAM AND CAP SUPPORT CALL TO HOLD OFF RECLAMATION WORKS PENDING NEW EIA REQUIRMENTS

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcome and support the call yesterday by Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to put off all land reclamation work in Penang until new and improved requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Detailed Environment Impact Assessments (DEIAs) are put in place.

According to news reports, the NRE is coming with the new requirements which will be sent to the Cabinet, the National Land Council and National Physical Development Council for approval, after which they will apply to the entire country.