Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970


The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urged the Kedah government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to build a well-functioning irrigation system in Mukim Padang Terap near Kuala Nerang to irrigate 500 hectares of paddy fields here.

The villages involved are Kampung Lubuk Labi, Kampung Tanjung, Kampung Padang Gelanggang, Kampong Pok and Kampung Tanah Merah.

Immediate action should be taken by the relevant agencies as roughly 100 farmers in the area may face serious adverse impacts due to insufficient water supply for the paddy fields they are working on.


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Langkawi Municipal Council to take immediate action to address the solid waste pollution problem that is affecting the environment and the beauty of the island.


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and Penang Inshore Fishermen Welfare Association (PIFWA) are requesting the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and related agencies to monitor and address the water pollution problems in DID’s drainage systems that are becoming more noticeable day by day.

The drains that are found polluted includes Parit D3 (Parit Paya Mahang B), Parit A3/PT.SIAM A3, Parit E2 (Parit Kg.Baru B) and few other drains around the area of Seberang Perai Selatan. These drains can be clearly seen from the main road and the North-South Expressway, from the Batu Kawan toll exit. Other than that, these drains can also be seen by accessing the following roads: Sungai Bakap, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat (SPS District) as well as Mukim 12 Jalan Kebun Baru and Jalan Ban Sungai Sembilang, Juru (Seberang Perai Tengah District).

From the survey done, it was observed that the water in the drains were dark in color, foamy and foul-smelling. It is very likely that the water pollution that occurred is due to the release of animal feces and aquaculture waste as well as waste released from the business and industrial premises around the area.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

A community from Long Meraan Sarawak Malaysia blockading a logging company © Friends of the Earth Malaysia SAM.

Now more than ever we stand in solidarity with indigenous communities in their historic struggle: statement from Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific

Today on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific (FoE APAC) groups from 12 countries are celebrating the stories of the indigenous communities.

Globally, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples, the majority of whom are living in the Asia Pacific region. UN figures indicate that they make up less than 5% of the global population and are considered to belong to the poorest 15%.

Halt construction of more dams in Sarawak

SAM is gravely concerned with the proposal to proceed with the construction of the Trusan dam in Lawas, Sarawak, as announced by its Chief Minister on July 21. The dam has a planned generation capacity of 275 MW. It is one of the 12 hydroelectric projects proposed for Sarawak, which also include the Murum, Baram and Baleh dams. The Murum dam has already been completed. The construction of the Baleh dam, with a planned generation capacity of 1,285 MW, is expected to commence in October 2018 and completed in 2025.

However, the construction of the Baram dam was called off by the former Chief Minister of Sarawak, the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, in March 2016, amid the sustained blockade and protest by affected communities. As reported by Channel News Asia later in May 2016, Adenan stressed that the cancellation of the Baram dam was the result of his examination on the matter. “Thereʼs no need to have another big dam. We can have mini dams and so on, but not a big dam especially when we donʼt supply (power) to west Malaysia anymore.”