Penang Government has no powers to issue bonds without Federal approval

The Penang State Government has no powers to issue bonds to finance the three reclaimed islands project costing RM11 billion without the approval of the Federal Government. Article 111(2) of the Federal Constitution makes it abundantly clear that a State is allowed to borrow, for a period not exceeding five years, from a bank or …

Friends of Ulu Muda (FOUM) urge the Kedah State Government to prioritise conservation and protection of Ulu Muda Forests and develop other sustainable sources of revenue

Friends of Ulu Muda (FOUM)* is a coalition of organisations and individuals working to protect the 160,000 ha Greater Ulu Muda Forest. This forest plays an important role in supporting the livelihood and well-being of the people of Perlis, Penang and Kedah. It is an irreplaceable part of Malaysian and world natural heritage. FOUM supports …

World Environment Day 2020: Need for urgent attention on forest conversions and flooding incidence in Sarawak

In conjunction with the World Environment Day 2020 with its theme ‘Biodiversity’, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to draw urgent attention to the serious consequences of the destruction of forests and rivers in Sarawak on human health and well-being. This is all the more critical when the impacts of climate change are upon us. SAM …

CAP urges Kedah MB to disclose the RM 1.5 billion claim against the State

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Kedah State Government not to renew timber concessions that have been cancelled or grant new concessions. Deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change which is adversely affecting the livelihood of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world, including Malaysia. The State Government should put the …