Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Tanjung Bungah Landslide -- State Government and MBPP must explain why DOE objection ignored and be held accountable

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA) are shocked to learn that the State Government and the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) have chosen to ignore the objection of the Department of Environment (DOE) for siting the development of the residential project in Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah.

The DOE had rejected the application for planning approval after taking into consideration that the development site is located close to a permanent granite quarry and as there was no buffer zone between the apartment project and the quarrying activities nearby, as required by the ‘Guidelines of Siting and Zoning of Industries and Residential Areas’.



Why must it take a tragedy to happen in Penang before the Penang state and local governments wake up to the dangers of rampant and unsustainable development especially on hill slopes? Or will they wake up?

Two years ago, in December 2015, the Penang Forum, alarmed by such negative developments, organized a half-day event titled “Save Our Hills” in which engineering, planning and legal experts gave presentations on the dangers of hillslope development. (The presentations are available on Penang Forum’s website.) It then called on the government to review and stop further hillslope projects.  Very sadly, the call fell on deaf ears and the consequences are painfully evident today after an estimate of perhaps 14 lives could be lost in a landslide in a hillslope project in Tanjung Bungah.

Let communities instead of corporations lead us in addressing climate change

The indigenous communities involved in sustainable agricultural activities with SAM

within their customary territories in Marudi, Sarawak.

On October 13 and 14, Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) member groups across six continents are mobilising to highlight the climate emergency, fight dirty energy and false solutions in order to call for a people-led transformation of our energy system. These actions are part of our Reclaim Power Campaign 2017. Climate change and the global energy crisis threaten the lives and livelihoods of billions of people worldwide, especially the poor and the marginalised. FOEI and its members believe that the drivers of these issues are unsustainable economic and development models based on fossil fuels and other destructive energy sources and the concentration of power over energy goods and services in the hands of the wealthy few.


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned of continuing threats to the livelihoods of more than 4,000 coastal fishers in Penang due to ongoing and proposed reclamation projects in the State.

Although objections have been made in the past by affected coastal fishers and NGOs including SAM and the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP)  but there has yet to be assurance from the Penang government that the reclamation projects would not threaten the environment and the livelihood of fishermen in the state.

Wake Up Call To Reduce And Solve Penang’s Flood Problems

Representatives from 23 Residents' Associations call for action on the floods and hill erosion problem in Penang.

Alarmed by the impact of the recent floods that hit Penang on 15 September, several Residents Associations and community representatives have gathered together to make a collective call to the State Government of Penang, and their elected representatives to this time, take the situation of rainfall, floods and hill erosion very seriously.

The recent floods in Penang has exposed both short term and long term causes as well as measures needed to reduce and solve the flood problem.