Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

IS MALAYSIA A DUMPING GROUND FOR CONTAMINATED PLASTIC WASTE?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is appalled to learn that hundreds of containers filled with plastic wastes and scrap tyres have been shipped to and left abandoned at Port Klang.

Despite imposing stringent measures, it was reported that at the height of the problem, the port had almost 800 containers of such waste and had to clear them over the years until 280 of such containers remained.

Heed alert by Bank Negara on so-called ‘environmental investments’

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw the attention of the State Governments and the general public to the listing of Climate Protectors Sdn Bhd (CPSB) and EcoBit (a cryptocurrency-based investment project) on Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Financial Consumer Alert service on 23 June, 2017 as ‘companies and websites which are neither authorised nor approved under the relevant laws and regulations administered by BNM.’(See http://www.bnm.gov.my/document s/2017/20170629_FCA_EN.pdf)

We welcome the alert by BNM as the ‘investment’ promoted by these entities is purportedly banking on the Kelantan forest carbon offset project that was signed early this year between Climate Protectors and the Kelantan State Government.

Investigate Cause of River Pollution in Kangar and Curb the Pollution Immediately

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has urged the Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to investigate the cause of the river pollution in Kangar, Perlis and take appropriate measures to curb the pollution.

SAM’s observation found a variety of waste materials, particularly plastic items floating in the river here and the water looked dirty and silted. SAM is disappointed that although the river has been polluted for some time but until now effective action has yet to been taken by the authorities to stop the pollution.

STOP LOGGING ACTIVITIES AND DESTRUCTION OF FORESTS

Logs from trees felled in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve.

Provision of Free Barrels Not a Solution to Water Supply Problem in Kedah

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kedah government to take immediate action to stop logging activities and forest destruction in order to overcome the problem of water shortage faced by the people in the state.

The government should focus on addressing the root cause of the water shortage problem including threats to water catchment areas from destructive activities and logging. There is no point in distributing barrels to consumers or replacing old pipes when taps may remain dry if the state’s water source and forests continue to be destroyed.

COASTAL EROSION IN TANJUNG BUNGAH

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned of erosion of the beach in Tanjung Bungah. We urge the Penang State Government and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to immediately investigate the cause of the coastal erosion here.

SAM's survey here found that coastal erosion is quite significant. A nearby resident whom SAM met said that the erosion problem has occurred since 2016, and complained that the DID not take effective action to address the problem despite complaints by residents in the area.