Consumers Association of Penang

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Tree Removal Causes Massive Traffic Jam in Green Lane, Penang

Tree uprooting work being carried out.

The Penang Island City Council (MBPP)’s road widening project in Green Lane caused a massive traffic jam early this morning.

Sixteen trees along a stretch of Jalan Masjid Negeri were slated to be moved for the road widening project. The uprooting of the trees was done at night, beginning last week. When it came to the twelfth tree, the operations hit a snag because workers alarmingly discovered live electricity cable at the roots.

Forest Destruction Threatens Water Supply

Mr Idris commenting on forest destruction in Kedah.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kedah State government to immediately stop the destruction of forests and logging activities in the State to protect these natural resources and ensure sufficient water supply.

The 2015 Annual Report of the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia states that the forested land area in Kedah covers 342,431 hectares or 36.33% of the total land area of ​​the state. This indicates that the forest cover in the state is at an alarming rate and if further deforestation is not curbed it will lead to a more precarious situation.

Director of the Forestry Department of Kedah in a press statement in February 2016 mentioned that more than 2,000 hectares of forest in the state’s forest reserves had been encroached and cleared for development of new agricultural areas.

Apart from reducing the total forest area which threatens biodiversity and wildlife, deforestation also affects water resources and contributes to soil erosion, sedimentation, slope failure and landslides.

SAM Is Concerned That Pollution In Kebun Kuyung Will Threaten Kerian River

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang state government and Department of Environment (DOE) to take urgent action to curb industrial waste pollution in Kebun Kuyung, near Nibong Tebal in Seberang Perai Selatan district.   

There are three factories operating in Kebun Kuyung.  The pollution that has been persisting since 10 years ago is not only causing a stink and turning the drain water in this area black but also polluting the nearby Sungai Kerian.

 

Malaysia Needs To Urgently Beef Up Its Climate Actions

With the adoption of the Paris Agreement, an international treaty for post-2020 climate action, at the Paris climate summit last December, signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are committing themselves to enhancing climate actions to halt further alteration of the climate system and its adverse impacts on human societies.

Malaysia, as one of the 197 Parties that negotiated and adopted the Agreement and subsequently was one of the 175 countries that signed the Agreement on 22 April in New York, will now have to walk the talk.

Environmental Destruction Cause Of Decline In Cockle Production

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is of the opinion that deteriorating environmental quality is the main cause of the decline in breeding and production of cockles in the country.

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.