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Day: April 14, 2011

Norwegian Pension Fund’s divestment of Samling Global Limited an embarrassment

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the announcement last month by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to exclude Malaysian-based Samling Global Limited from its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) investment portfolio. The pension fund is described as Europe's largest institutional investor that held 2,792 billion kronor (approximately RM1.5 trillion) in international stocks and bonds as...
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Don’t approve field release of genetically engineered Aedes mosquitoes

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) call upon the Director General of Biosafety to reject the application for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes and all related experiments. We in Malaysia are being subjected to an experiment which could bring adverse effects to public health and the environment. The National Biosafety Board...
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Water conservation initiative in Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (PBAPP) Aquasave programme to promote water conservation in the state. This water conservation effort has been long due. PBAPP has stated that Penangites are high water users, consuming 286 litres of water per person daily, compared with the national recommendation of 220 litres and United...
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BP’s trail of destruction

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is yet another of a series of spills involving the giant oil company. By Ash Pemberton The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has exposed the obscene behaviour of the world’s fourth-largest corporation, British Petroleum (BP).   Evidence has come from many sources revealing BP was...
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Stop the pollution of Sungai Pinang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP) to take immediate action to stop the continued pollution of Sungai Pinang.  CAP is upset that until now no concrete action has been taken to curb the persisting pollution which has been plaguing the river for more than 20 years. Among other polluting activities along the river, the dumping...
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Scrap incinerator project in Cameron Highlands

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) objects to the installation of the thermal treatment plant in Cameron Highlands as it would poison our environment, bodies, and food supply with toxic chemicals. There are alternatives to incineration which are cheaper, more flexible and better for the environment. The Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment Report of the proposed thermal...
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Nuclear power should not be the option for Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) oppose the development of nuclear power plants in Malaysia. Our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expressed his objection of nuclear energy in Malaysia and had brought up the issue of dumping of radioactive waste in Perak.  However the former PM is reportedly not aware where the waste was...
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Malaysia must reject the Copenhagen Accord

The Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia urge the Government of Malaysia to reject the controversial Copenhagen Accord which was not adopted by Parties in the December 2009 climate talks. The Copenhagen Accord was controversial as it was drafted in a non-transparent and undemocratic manner, and arose from an exclusive meeting of 26 political leaders, whereas the...
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