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Day: May 30, 2017

Advice on Observing Ramadhan

by CAP President Haji S.M.Mohamed Idris Ramadhan is the most sacred month in the Muslim calendar when the noble Qur’an was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a guidance to mankind.  It prescribes fasting as a way to attain Taqwa (God-consciousness) and the Prophet is reported to have narrated:  “Allah said, every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that...
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SAM Welcomes DoE Decision To Stop Reclamation Project In Kuala Kedah Pending EIA Approval

Sahabat Alam Malaysia welcomes the decision made by the Department of Environment (DoE) to issue a stop-work order to the developer of a coastal reclamation project dubbed “The Dubai of Malaysia” in Kuala Kedah . The DoE director general had confirmed to the media that the order was issued through a notice dated 15 May 2017.  SAM had brought up this matter with the DoE in mid-March 2017...
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Need for transparency over ‘Medical City’ proposal

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very concerned that more and more public lands are being transferred to private hands without transparency and public knowledge. In the latest case in Penang, we have come to learn that the State government’s 6.4-acre land owned by Chief Minister Incorporated at Peel Avenue was sold for RM156 million on a 99-year lease for the construction of a...
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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...
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AVOID CHANGING TPP-RELATED LAWS THAT DAMAGE THE HEALTH OF MALAYSIANS

The Consumers’ Association of Penang calls on the Malaysian government not to make changes to the law relating to intellectual property rights (IPRs) to comply with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Malaysia should also not join any other TPPA countries to revive the TPPA especially since the United States has confirmed it is pulling out of the agreement, as there are very...
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Our high medicine prices are killing patients

Control astronomical prices of medicines now Expenditure on medicines comprise a large share of total health expenditure. The Ministry of Health (MOH) expenditure on medicines has been steadily increasing from RM1.61 billion in 2010; to RM1.76 billion in 2011; RM1.98 billion in 2012 and RM2.2 billion in 2013. This was an increase of 36.5% in the span of 3 years. Medicines expenditure will only...
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SAM URGES LOGGING IN BUKIT PERANGIN IS STOPPED

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kedah government to take immediate action to stop logging activities in Bukit Perangin, district of Kubang Pasu  because it threatens the environment and affects the lives of residents living near the area. In addition to polluting the river water which is used by more than 400 villagers for their daily use, paddy farmers in the area were also affected....
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DISCLOSE SOURCE OF POLLUTION OF RIVERS AND LAKES IN PAHANG

The polluted Chini Lake. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to immediately disclose the findings of investigations by the Department of Environment (DOE) of Pahang on the sources of pollution of Sungai Pahang, Sungai Temerloh, Tasik Chini and Tasik Mentiga. Disclosure regarding the sources of pollution is essential because the problem is becoming...
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