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).
About 500 residents in Kampung Sematang Tepi Laut and Kampung Tengku Laksamana, Kuala Kedah, Kedah face various problems because of the access road to their village is badly damaged.
The road conditions not only affect their comfort but also could threaten the safety of the villagers if not repaired immediately.
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.
We are slated to be a high income country by 2020 and it appears that all indicators suggest we are close to the finishing line. Incidentally depression is also lurking to be the number one disability worldwide by 2020 – just four years away. According to the 2015 National Health and Mobidity Survey (NHMS), 1 in 3 individuals have mental health problems in Malaysia. The global average according to the World Health Organisation is 1 in 4 persons who are affected by a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Perak State government, Manjung Municipal Council (MPM) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to take immediate action to overcome the problem of frequent flooding at Kampung Padang Serai near Pantai Remis here.
The floods have been ongoing since ten years ago but until now no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to identify the causes of the floods that has led to 20 families in this village to be hit by floods every monsoon season.