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.
Sand mining at Sungai Kelian.
The Consumers Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia demand that the Penang State Government immediately orders the stopping of sand dredging and mining at the estuaries of Sungai Kelian and Sungai Kechil in Tanjung Bungah in Penang.
We share the grave concerns of residents and fishermen living near the coastline near these areas reported in the news today. Such activities are destroying the beaches and the coastline in the areas concerned.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Land and Mines Office, Drainage and Irrigation Department and local authorities to investigate a sand mining activity in Kampung Jawa, Pinang Tunggal, in the district of Kuala Muda, state of Kedah because the operation has caused problems and the villagers are concerned about the adverse effects.
The sand mining activity in Sungai Mati at the village had started operation two months ago and has caused soil sedimentation, cracks in houses here, noise pollution and damaged the road.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls for the protection of frog habitat and a halt in eating of this useful amphibian, all for sensible reasons that we often choose to ignore in pursuit of the so-called economic development.
We desperately need them to control the insect population. Frogs feed on pests such as grasshoppers, mosquitoes, and flies. Largely insectivorous, each frog can eat more than its weight (about 200 grams) each day and this can be translated into a significant amount of insects.