State Authorities Should be Stringent in Curbing Illegal Activities in Permanent Reserved Forests and State Land

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kelantan State Authority to take stringent action to curb encroachment and illegal exploration activities for mining purposes in the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) and state land especially during the movement control order (MCO). Although Malaysia is still implementing the MCO, the State Authority should direct the relevant agencies to take proactive …

RETHINK DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM IN AVERTING FUTURE CRISES DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL MISMANAGEMENT

It is Earth Day on April 22.  It is a day to remember Mother Earth and how we treat her. This time, Earth Day is happening during the time of COVID-19, when the world economy has been put on brakes, with lockdowns in place to counter the devastating health impacts of the pandemic. It is …

ENVIRONMENT MUST TAKE CENTRE STAGE TO AVERT FUTURE HEALTH AND CLIMATE CRISIS

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is of the view that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that if we relentlessly destroy, degrade and encroach on nature and ecosystems, public health will be gravely endangered in ways that we have not imagined before. Indeed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) noted last week that 75 per cent of …

ENCROACHMENT AND ILLEGAL CULTIVATION

During the period of the Movement Control Order it is highly probable for activities related to forest offences to escalate. Among the activities related to forest offences include entering a Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF) without a permit, and clearing or breaking up any land in the PRF for cultivation or any other purpose. Based on information from the public and referring to coordinates in a topography map, …