Penang Hill transformed - NST
Sahabat Alam Malaysia is deeply concerned and objects to the proposal of a cable car system in Penang as it would bring about devastating impacts, result in a drastic change in the hill’s atmosphere and surrounding the ground stations.
SAM therefore calls on the Federal and State government to scrap this proposal.
The proposed cable car plan, estimated to cost RM325 million will consist of a line linking the Penang Botanic Gardens and the peak of Penang Hill, and another that links the hill top to Teluk Bahang in the northwestern part of the island.
The direct seeding method practised by farmers in the country particularly in the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (MADA) area for the past thirty years have brought about many problems in rice cultivation, affecting the income of the farmers.
In a survey conducted by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP), we found that the direct seeding method that has replaced the traditional method (wet rice cultivation where rice seedlings are transplanted from nursery beds to paddy fields), although saves time and labour, is detrimental to farmers due to various threats.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the release of the publication Encroachment on Orang Asli Customary Land in Peninsular Malaysia: Causes and Solutions, a result of a collaborative project undertaken with the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM).
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcome and support the call yesterday by Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to put off all land reclamation work in Penang until new and improved requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Detailed Environment Impact Assessments (DEIAs) are put in place.
According to news reports, the NRE is coming with the new requirements which will be sent to the Cabinet, the National Land Council and National Physical Development Council for approval, after which they will apply to the entire country.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Perak State government, Manjung Municipal Council (MPM) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to take immediate action to overcome the problem of frequent flooding at Kampung Padang Serai near Pantai Remis here.
The floods have been ongoing since ten years ago but until now no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to identify the causes of the floods that has led to 20 families in this village to be hit by floods every monsoon season.