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
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very anxious of the eventual release of the GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka despite objections and concerns raised by NGOs, public and scientists.
The 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.