Consumers Association of Penang

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The China Ban’s Wake-Up Call: Recycling is Not Enough

Leaders from Around the World Demand Less Plastic

January 22, 2018-Recycling professionals, environmentalists, and policy influencers are calling for a significant reduction in the production of plastics, citing China’s recent ban on plastic waste imports from other countries as a “wake-up call” that we can’t recycle our way out of plastic pollution.

SAM Urges Authorities To Address Problems Faced By Teluk Bahang Coastal Fishers

PENANG: Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Penang state government and local authority to investigate and take immediate action to address the problems faced by the Teluk Bahang coastal fishers here.

In a survey conducted by SAM after receiving complaints from the fishermen, we found that the pollution from concrete wastes on coastal and marine areas here was severe and endangered the fishermen. The rocks and piles found in this area can cause injuries not only to fishermen but also to the public who frequent this area.

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Objection of Clearcut Logging Bukit Enggang Forest Reserve

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) objects to clear cut logging of trees covering 500 hectares in parts of Bukit Enggang Forest Reserve (Compartments 12, 13, 14 & 15 of HS Bukit Enggang) for the purpose of establishing a forest plantation (monoculture cultivation in a Permanent Reserved Forest).

The extractive activity (logging) by uncontrolled clear cutting of original forest trees had caused erosion of many watercourses and tributaries in the licensed area and also resulted in sediment deposition.

The impact of the destruction of watercourses and tributaries has affected the ecosystem and the community's water resources, particularly in the nearby settlements.


Need to review Penang State Enactment on State Park and Botanic Gardens

The Consumers’ Association of Penang, while welcoming the move to create a statutory corporation for managing State Parks, including the Penang Botanical Gardens, is disappointed that there was no public consultation on the provisions contained in the law establishing the Corporation.

The Bill was rushed through and adopted by the State Assembly without sufficient discussion. After the first reading, a special committee should have been created to gather views from the public, and then only, after those views have been taken into consideration, the Bill should have been put to vote. There was no reason for hurrying the process.