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.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Pahang state government and the Department of Environment to take immediate action to address the pollution of Nyior River in Balok near Kuantan.
The pollution that has persisted for some time now has not only caused the river water to turn black but the river water has also been found to contain high level of E-coli.
An extraordinary loud explosion that occurred in Batu Kawan recently, believed to have originated from a quarry nearby has alarmed residents here. The local communities in this area, including residents of Bandar Cassia were shocked by the explosion that rocked the whole neighborhood.