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.
I refer to the article in The Star (26 October 2016) ‘Junaidi: We need to focus on Paris Agreement’.
The Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was responding in Parliament to a question posed as to when Malaysia would ratify the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to what extent this has been discussed and agreed by the Cabinet.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) objects to a proposed development project in Kampung Tengku Laksamana and Kampung Sematang Tepi Laut, Kuala Kedah because it is causing destruction of the mangrove forests here.
The future project will also affect the source of livelihood of 200 traditional fishermen and threaten the environment in this area. It is reported in a news article that the local authority, Alor Setar City Council, has approved land clearing and reclamation for a condominium development project in the coastline near Kampung Tengku Laksamana.