Consumers Association of Penang

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Malaysian wildlife trade hampering conservation efforts

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses great concern that Malaysia has been, for the wrong reasons, identified by TRAFFIC (a wildlife trade monitoring network) as a popular transit country used by criminal networks for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on 5th June, is Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife. It is apt for SAM to reiterate our call to the relevant authorities to stamp out illegal wildlife trade that put Malaysia in the wrong spotlight:

  • Malaysia was the top exporter of tropical logs in 2013 (3.5 million cu m),
  • A primary source of illegal shipment of agarwood (7 metric tonnes between 2005 and 2014 seized),
  • One of the top reptile skin illegal exporters.
  • In 2010 and 2013 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) destroyed a total of more than 2,241 poachers’ traps and 1,728 illegal camps.

Skinned Alive For The Exotic Fashion Industry

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is strongly opposed to the exploitation of wildlife for the exotic skins trade mainly for the luxury fashion industry.  The trade in exotic animal and reptile skins in particular generates thousands of animal victims to fulfil the demands of luxury fashion houses.

The  recent decision by  the Natural and Environment Ministry  to expand the python skin trade into the European market once the ban imposed by the European Union (EU) is lifted, shows that monetary gains overrides all other concerns.  It is a depressing facet of human nature that short term monetary gain is  substitute for common sense and long term planning.

SAVING 14 MINUTES OF TIME AT COST OF RM 1 BILLION IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR TANJUNG BUNGAH-TELOK BAHANG COASTAL ROAD – SAYS TBRA

Meenakshi Raman TBRA Chairperson showing the proposed road project.

The Tanjung Bungah Residents’ Association (TBRA),which represents residents in the Tanjung Bungaharea, appeals to the Penang Chief Minister to scrap the proposed construction of the North Coastal Paired Road (NCPR) from Tanjung Bungah to Telok Bahang.

The TBRA makes this call after studying the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the road. In our comments on the EIA which were submitted to the Department of Environment (DOE) on the 31 July 17, we called on the DOE not to approve the EIA.   The comments were also forwarded to the Chief Minister on the 21st of August17.