Besides rampant smuggling of cockle spats to our neighbouring country which we have failed to curb effectively, marine pollution and destruction of mangroves threaten cockle breeding in the coastal areas, causing its near extinction.
Commenting on a statement by University of Science Malaysia (USM) marine biologist Professor Dr. Zulfigar Yassin published in a local daily recently, CAP is concerned that the government has not given due attention to this 10-years long matter.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is infuriated with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP)’s road widening projects that involve relocating 16 roadside trees in Green Lane. We reiterate our objections to the “sentence” akin to “death knell” imposed on these trees.
Trees are one of the most natural valuable assets of any streetscape. An iconic image of Penang is its beautiful tree lined roads. Remove them, and you remove the charm and character of Penang. However, the MBPP gives scant regard to these roadside trees.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with the Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah’s statement regarding the problem of water supply faced by Kedahans because it ridicules CAP’s suggestion to overcome this problem.
Without making any comments about CAP’s call, he spurned and arrogantly said " … we know how to do our job. No need to teach us what to do", as reported by Malaysiakini on 12 July 2016.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Kedah state government to conserve forests in the state in its efforts to resolve the water problem faced by Kedahans. Besides taking actions to stop logging and conversion of forest for plantations and large-scale agriculture projects, the Kedah state government must gazette all the forests in this state as Permanent Reserved Forest to protect them as water catchments.
Logging and forest encroachment have affected water sheds and cause serious soil erosion. In the meantime dams in the state are becoming shallower due to sedimentation and cannot hold as much water. CAP has also received many complaints that community water supply sourced from hills and streams has become polluted due to logging and sand mining activities.
At the same time, water from dams’ spills over and eventually flows into the sea. This situation has triggered frequent flash floods that damage people’s property and crops. CAP is disappointed that although the problem of water supply for daily needs and paddy cultivation in the state has been ongoing for more than ten years, yet until now no effective action has been taken by the relevant parties to resolve the problem.
Areas that are badly affected include Baling, Sik, Padang Terap, Pendang, Pokok Sena, Kuala Muda, Merbok, Kulim, Kubang Pasu and Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda (Muda Agriculture Development Authority - MADA) area. CAP’s survey found that annually more than 100,000 water consumers in the state face difficulty due to insufficient water supply for their daily use and for paddy cultivation.
This problem has not been dealt with satisfactorily but has worsened especially during the dry season. CAP is also dismayed that many villages close to dams such as in the districts of Padang Terap, Sik and Baling do not get proper water supply.
CAP urges the government to replace or repair old water pipes and irrigation systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water supply to users. Stringent legal action must be taken on all those who are responsible for causing adverse effects to water sources and water supply in this state. Weakness in enforcing relevant laws is one of the reasons why Kedah’s water problem remains unsettled until now.
Media Statement, 12 July 2016
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very concerned over the coastal erosion in a section of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) which is becoming critical.
The Penang State Government, the concessionaire of the BORR i.e. Lingkaran Lebuh Raya Butterworth (Penang) Sdn. Bhd. (LLB), the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and other relevant agencies must investigate this matter immediately because the erosion is closing on to the outer ring road.