Four national NGOs express concern that the Federal Government’s Department of Environment has ignored their request for a detailed environmental and social assessment of the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX), and reiterate their concerns about the adverse impacts of constructing a fully elevated expressway over established residential suburbs and urban areas.
On 4 June 2014, four national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM) and Third World Network (TWN) - concerned about KIDEX wrote to the Department of Environment (DOE) calling into question the findings of the preliminary environmental impact assessment (PEIA) undertaken for the project. There has been no response or even an acknowledgement from the DOE as yet.
Year after year we have Ops Sikap, now changed to Ops Selamat, to stop the carnage from our road crashes during our festive seasons. Malaysia was ranked 20th globally for the most road deaths in 2011, according to the World Health Organization. Eighteen people are killed daily in road crashes and according to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), the figure is expected to rise to 29 by 2020.
According to the traffic police chief, Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff, the previous Ops Sikap didn’t work because the police advised the public to drive slowly, don’t jump queue and be patient. Ops Selamat, however, is about total enforcement. He cautioned that enough warnings have been given and on-the-spot action would be taken against errant motorists. Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), welcomes the strict enforcement and hopes to see a positive reduction in road crashes this Hari Raya.
However, traffic law enforcement should not be seasonal. Strict enforcement must be an on-going, not a seasonal ritual to coincide with festivals.
The latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations involving Malaysia and 11 other countries including the United States began on 3 July and will continue until 12 July 2014 in Ottawa, Canada.
According to news reports, the chapters that will be negotiated there include: investment, services, intellectual property, tariffs on goods and exceptions such as for health including tobacco control and the environment.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is deeply concerned by the provisions that have been agreed to in the leaked TPPA investment chapter. Foreign investors have successfully challenged laws on health, environment and other crucial public interest areas in other countries that have signed similar treaty provisions. Those cases have even shown that when the foreign investor breaks the law of the country it is operating in and it is punished as allowed by the host country’s law, the foreign investor can still sue the host government under these treaties and win.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations are going full steam ahead.
There will be a meeting of negotiators including the chief negotiators of TPPA countries to be held in Canada from 3-12 July, 2014. We urge the Malaysian government to stand firm on all its positions during this negotiating round and to strengthen its positions further, in line with the Red Lines on the issues which civil society organisations including CAP have drawn up and submitted to the government.
We understand that at the round in Canada, the issues likely to be negotiated include intellectual property (IP), investment, state owned enterprise (SOEs) and possible exceptions for tobacco control. Each of these issues is very sensitive in which there are high stakes for Malaysia.
National NGOs Object to KIDEX and Question Findings of Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Four national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have raised their objection against the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX) because it comes at a price in terms of adverse impacts on the environment, public health and residents of Petaling Jaya. The findings of the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) undertaken for the controversial KIDEX have been called into question by the NGOs.