Consumers Association of Penang

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Asian Governments Urged to Work Doubly Hard to Ratify Mercury Treaty

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.

Farmers in Kedah Continue to Face Problems

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.

SAM Urges Immediate Solution to Pollution of Sungai Nyior

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.

Loud Explosion from Batu Kawan Quarry Raises Concerns

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.

Development Marring Forest, Sea and Beach in Pantai Kok Langkawi

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is concerned that Pantai Kok in Pulau Langkawi, Kedah will be marred and polluted following coastal reclamation works and deforestation currently taking place in this area.

SAM’s recent survey found that development works are under way here for a tourism related project and preliminary works by the developer had begun a few months ago.

SAM was surprised and upset to find traces of mud sedimentation at the beach area, believed to be siltation caused by soil erosion from the project site. The situation here will become worse when it rains and if not controlled will cause serious marine pollution in the near future.