Consumers Association of Penang

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TREES CHOPPED DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS IN KUALA KANGSAR, PERAK

This Rain Tree is probably more than 100 years old. Field officer from Sahabat Alam Malaysia survey in Kuala Kangsar with journalists.

This big tree that was cut down has 2 species Rain tree wrapped by Banyan.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) sadly discovered that several trees have been felled in a number of areas in Kuala Kangsar, mainly in Sungai Perak Square (Dataran Sungai Perak) and Jalan Dato' Sagor.

SAM found that the trees that had been cut down were mature trees. The trees at Jalan Dato' Sagor that were chopped down were estimated to be over 30 years old.

SAM questions the justification and the need for these trees to be chopped down, as to whether the area concerned would be used for public benefit that was inevitable, or was there an urgent need for the trees to be destroyed.

Were there no other alternative besides cutting down the tree? Or if it was absolutely necessary in the interest of the public, why did not the Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (MPKK) move the affected trees and plant them elsewhere?

Among the trees that have been felled are Ara (Ficus spp.), Raintree (Samanea saman) and Khaya (Khaya senegalensis).

Therefore, SAM urges the MPKK to account for the felling of the trees in Kuala Kangsar.

MEDIA STATEMENT, 24 July 2017

"Noise will be an issue":Penang elevated highways will pass near highrise apartments

“Noise and vibration from traffic movement” will be an issue for residents living in a string of apartment blocks, according to the environmental impact assessment for three proposed highways in Penang.

The tower blocks affected are:

Package 1

  • Taman Leader Condominium
  • Surin Condominium
  • Taman Tanjung Bungah
  • Waterfront Condominium
  • Coastal Tower
  • Desa Mar Vista Apartment
  • Beverly Hills
  • Sri Sayang Service Apartment
  • Ferringhi Delima Condominium

Package 2

  • All Season Palace Condominium
  • Boulevard Condominium
  • Greenlane Heights
  • Delima Palace and others

The visual landscape will also change. “Residents in the highrise buildings will no longer see clear sky but in place an elevated road passing their homes”, which will “change the visual aesthetics in the area”.

For More Details Read: http://anilnetto.com/economy/development-issues/noise-will-issue-penang-elevated-highways-will-pass-close-apartments/

Landslide in Paya Terubong shows need for hill protection

Landslide site in Paya Terubong.

We, as representatives of residents from several residential areas in Penang, express our grave concerns over the landslide at a hillslope near Lebuh Rambai 13 in Paya Terubong, Penang, that took place morning of Friday, 14 July.

The landslide happened following heavy thunderstorms that occurred early morning of Friday. Luckily this time, there were no fatalities.

Proposed three major road projects in Penang: NOT A SOLUTION TO TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

Many Penangites may not be aware that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed three major road projects in Penang has been displayed for public comments since 19 June 2017.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) have written to the Department of Environment (DOE) to request an extension of time for public feedback (which is due on 19 July 2017). We are awaiting a response.

Support for appeal by Sungei Ara residents against Sunway Hills project on hillslopes

Several Residents’Associations and organisations in Penang have come together in a show of support and solidarity for the Sungei Ara residents who are appealing the decision of the Penang High Court, delivered on 29 May 2017.

The High Court had ruled in favour of Sunway City and overturned the decision of the Penang Appeals Board which had decided in favour of the residents in not granting planning permission for the Sunway Hills project.