The MADA Farmers’ Action Committee strongly urges the Malaysian government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991) that is detrimental to the interests of small farmers.
We are very concerned that UPOV 1991 favours big seed companies and commercial plant breeders of rich developed countries’ and does not protect the rights and interests of small farmers of developing countries such as Malaysia.
CAP is Disappointed with Penang EXCO’s statement WILLING TO DESTORY MANGROVE FORESTS FOR THE SAKE OF DEVELOPMENT
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with the statement by YB Phee Boon Poh, Penang State EXCO for Welfare,Caring Society and Environment quoted in a Malay Daily implying that the State is willing to destroy the mangroves in Bagan Jermal to make way for the implementation of a reclamation project here.
According to YB Phee, the felling of the 9.38 hectares of mangrove forest here is for the purpose of generating income for the state rather than leaving it idle without producing any revenue. Commenting on a news article published in Berita Harian today, CAP requests YB Phee to produce findings that the mangroves in the said area does not have any benefits for the environment and livelihood of the local fishers.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is upset that the mangrove forests in Penang continue to be felled although there have been many protests especially by fisher communities whose livelihood is threatened following the implementation of development projects here.
Recently an area of 9.38 hectares of mangroves in Bagan Jermal has been reportedly destroyed to make way for a reclamation project in this area. This incident clearly shows that the Penang state government is not serious in protecting the environment and the lives of the people, particularly the fisher community in the State.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned of the problem of indiscriminate waste disposal in Jalan Ban Sungai Tengah, Changkat near Changkat fishermen’s jetty, Nibong Tebal in Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang.
The Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), District and Land Office of Seberang Perai Selatan, Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and the Department of Environment (DOE) Penang should immediately investigate the matter and resolve the problem of waste disposal here.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is deeply concerned by the intention of the Kelantan State Government to enter into a carbon offsetting deal with a carbon trading company involving 25% of its forested land.
It is equally troubling to read the positive angle adopted by media reports in praising the 30-year concession which covers a staggering 396,000ha of forests with the credit generated to be sold to the European carbon market.