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.
Destruction and Excision of Part of Segari Melintang Forest Reserve: SAM’s Response to Perak Menteri Besar
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refers to Menteri Besar Perak, YAB Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, statement to the media which was published in local dailies on 7 October 2016. The MB had questioned whether the State Government is in the wrong for excising part of the Segari Melintang Forest Reserve (HS Segari Melintang) for the purpose of developing public housing.
The issue here is not about right or wrong, but compliance with existing policies and regulations.
6 October 2016, Quezon City. Civil society groups exhorted Asian governments to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury as environmental and health officials from several countries converge in Pasay City for a three-day regional forum.
In a joint statement, the EcoWaste Coalition, the Collaboration Center for Minamata Disease Victims and IPEN (a global NGO network for a toxics-free future) called upon the participants of the “Regional Forum on Environment and Health in A Southeast and East Asian Countries” to endorse the rapid ratification of the mercury treaty and promote the early implementation of activities, with full participation of public interest groups, to prevent and reduce mercury pollution.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Agriculture Department and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) of Kedah to investigate and take immediate action to resolve the water supply problem faced by rice farmers who had joined the Kampung Baru Mini Estate project in Padang Sanai, PadangTerap district in the state of Kedah.