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.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very concerned and strongly object the decision made by the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (MADA) to encourage rice farmers to use drones for spraying pesticides onto their paddy fields as a pest control method.
Aerial spraying of pesticides will not only cause serious air pollution but also exacerbate health problems associated with pesticides, more easily and widely.
Given the new developments regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Malaysia should withdraw from the agreement. It should also stop implementing changes in domestic laws and policies designed to comply with the TPP. Also, the government should not rush into negotiations with the US on a bilateral trade agreement.
President Donald Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the TPP has effectively killed the TPP itself.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang would like to address the public on the issue of the telemarketing of insurance policies.
Based on the complaints we have received, we find that many consumers get caught in the trap of unknowingly purchasing insurance policies that are being promoted through telemarketing.
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.