An open letter from Malaysian NGOs on GM mosquitoes

This is an open letter from organisations in Malaysia concerned by the recent Government approval to release GM mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment.

Kindly support our cause by highlighting the issue for the welfare of the public  and the conservation of our environment by copying and personally sending this letter to its intended recipients.

S M Mohamed Idris
Consumers Association of Penang

Senseless arrests reign In Sarawak

Sahabat Alam Malaysia is gravely concerned over the recent arrest, four-day remand and the subsequent charge under Section 307(1) of the Penal Code of an Iban Mr. Liam Rengga from Rumah Kilat in Sungai Senga, Pandan-Sebauh, Bintulu on Nov 23, 2010. We indeed have cause for serious concern over this latest arrest of a Sarawak indigenous community activist, as Section 307(1) carries the very serious charge of attempted murder. It carries a sentence of between 10 and 20 years jail, and a fine.

The arrest of Mr. Liam, 41, took place during the late afternoon of Nov 17, 2010 at his farm hut in Ulu Sungai Seplai (see attachment) which also saw his traditional parang, or the Duku Latuk, used for work on his farm, seized by the police. His arrest is believed to be connected to a police report made against him by a personnel of an oil palm plantation company, whose operations are said to have encroached into Mr. Liam’s traditional village territory.

Nuclear in Malaysia: Shortsightedness in a greening global economy

By Ken Yeong

Every Malaysian must decide if nuclear power is the right choice for our nation. The keyword here is choice because there is now an increasing number of truly clean and renewable energy in solar, wind, tidal, wave, etc. For some, however, the threat of climate change and peak oil has forced a false dilemma of either nuclear or unabated global warming.

The recent UK Sustainable Development Commission answered a clear 'No' to nuclear as a solution to our energy and climate crisis. Nuclear is neither renewable nor clean. Nuclear is not only potentially catastrophic to human lives, but is also now economically, socially and environmentally inferior to the new technologies mentioned.

Move towards zero waste, incineration not the answer

incineratorThe Malaysian government is heading the wrong way in managing municipal solid waste.  It is reported that the government has plans to build more incinerators in the country. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) opposes incineration and other end-of-pipe interventions.
The public bears the financial burden of all types of incineration or landfilling. Costs to local governments will escalate, and communities would end up paying with tax money and public health costs. Alternatively, waste minimization, recycling and composting make more sense economically than either incineration or landfilling.