The Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (MyCAN) is appalled that the Malaysian Government is determined to go down the nuclear energy route with the completion of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission for Phase 1 of ‘readiness’ that was conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last October.
When receiving the final mission report from the IAEA on March 8, at the sideline of the 8th Annual Nuclear Power Asia Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri proclaimed that Malaysia is ‘thoroughly prepared’ to decide on adoption of nuclear power generation.
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.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban microplastics in personal care and cosmetic products in view of the health and environmental hazards associated with these tiny plastic particles.
For the last 50 years, microparticles of plastic, or microplastics, have been used in personal care products and cosmetics, replacing natural options in a large number of cosmetic and personal care formulations.
Highest loss of productivity from mental health disorders.
A recent report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders estimates that in 2015 there were over 1.1 million cases of depressive disorders in Malaysia. The report further states that depression is a major contributor to suicide deaths accounting for 800,000 or 1.5% of all deaths globally. If we extrapolate this estimate locally, in 2015 out of the over 155,000 deaths recorded in Malaysia about 2300 could have been due to suicide. Unfortunately there are no published statistics on suicides in Malaysia.
Depression is ranked by WHO as the single largest contributor to disability. Globally the total number of people with depression was estimated at 322 million in 2015, equivalent to 4.4% of the global population. The total estimated number of people living with depression increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015.