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Author: Lai Cheng

Illegal rare earth mining incident in Kuala Pilah must not be allowed to repeat

SAM is extremely concerned by media reports today that revealed the discovery by the Negeri Sembilan and Melaka authorities of illegal rare earth mining activities in Kuala Pilah, following a complaint that was lodged with the Kuala Pilah Land and District Office on May 16. While we applaud the swift response and openness of all the state and federal agencies involved, we feel it is important...
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MODERN STREET vs TRADITIONAL STREET

Streets were once a form of public space where people could walk and linger, so they were narrow with compact buildings. Today, the majority are built for motor vehicle travel, so they're wide with spread-out buildings. The picture shows a modern wide street with spread-out homes (on the left), versus a traditional narrow street with compact homes (on the right). Which is the stronger street?...
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KALE – A NUTRITION SUPERSTAR

Kale is a nutrition superstar due to the amounts of Vitamins A, B6, C, K, folate, fibre, carotenoids and manganese it contains. One cup of raw kale has just 20 calories. Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips and bok choy. These vegetables offer health benefits, including...
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PLASTIC RECYCLING IS NOT THE ANSWER

A new Greenpeace report "Forever Toxic" shows that plastics pose health threats throughout the recycling stream. Recycling is not a fix for the plastics problem – we need to dramatically reduce plastic production. (IPEN) Some excerpts from the Greenpeace report: "Many consumer goods companies, including Nestlé, Unilever, and Coca-Cola, tout the use of recycled plastic in their packaging as an...
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries have many health benefits, from anti-ageing to killing cancer cells and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease and diabetes. The rich source of phytochemicals in blueberries are called polyphenols and many studies including the one by researchers at the University of Maine published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, shows that having wild...
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THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO KEEP THE PROMISE OF PRESENTING THE SMOKING PRODUCT CONTROL BILL

The  Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urged the government to keep its promise by presenting in the parliament the Smoking Product Control Bill (RUU) along with the Generational Endgame (GEG) provisions. This bill with GEG provisions needs to be presented and approved immediately to overcome the issue of the lack of legal control over electronic cigarettes or vape products after the...
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Australia Quietly Reopens Plastic Waste Export; UNEP Promotes Burning Plastic Waste as Alternative Fuel in Cement Kilns 

FALSE SOLUTIONS AHEAD OF GLOBAL PLASTICS TREATY Greenwashing tactics and false solutions to the plastic waste crisis continue to be spewed out that ignore the health and environmental effects of plastic pollution, ahead of the global Plastics Treaty. On 16 May 2023 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a controversial report (meant to help national governments negotiate a new,...
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TOXIC MR. D.I.Y. BABY BIBS

Chain Store Voluntarily Removed the Product in the Philippines Parents, beware. Plastic baby bibs may harbour toxic chemicals that are hazardous to your baby’s health. In the Philippines, white polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic sheet of the MR. D.I.Y. Plastic Baby Bib was found in a lab analysis to contain di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) at 86,700 parts per million (ppm). The finding was made...
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Tackling Transboundary Haze: Strengthening the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

It has been announced that Malaysia will be meeting with its ASEAN neighbours in Singapore in early June 2023 to discuss the transboundary haze issue and develop a new roadmap for the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP) 2002. While this meeting and the roadmap development are positive steps, the question remains whether the criticisms and weaknesses of the AATHP will be...
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EAT REAL FOOD, NOT SUPERMARKET JUNK

When it comes to our health, one of the most important things we can do is to eat real food (Organic Live Food) but if you think the supermarket is the answer to this, think again. A 2016 study found that supermarkets are the primary source of empty calories consumed by US adults, far surpassing convenience stores, vending machines, entertainment venues and fast-food and full-service...
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