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Category: Development EN

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...
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Move towards zero waste, incineration not the answer

  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...
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GM Mosquitoes: Government is Liable

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very disturbed and disappointed with the Malaysian government for approving the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes for field testing.  The government must be accountable and held liable if anything untoward happens if they proceed with this trial release. We can not comprehend why the Government wants...
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Healthy growth of renewable energy

By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society Despite the severe downturn of the global economy in 2009, renewable energy continued its meteoric rise. At the end of 2009, fully one quarter of global power capacity (1230 GW) is renewable, delivering 18% of global electricity supply, according to the report issued by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21 Century (REN21). This is...
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Rethink plan to release GM mosquitoes

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to note the statement by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as reported by the media yesterday, that field testing for genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes has been approved by the National Biosafety Board. This, despite the globally acknowledged fact that anything that is genetically modified, plant or animal, is not stable....
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Abolish subsidies for sustainable water supply and water wastage reduction

  CAP is against any water supply subsidies that are being given to consumers in Penang and Malaysia if we are to become a water-efficient nation.  We are appalled to learn that the domestic water subsidy in Penang had reached the level of RM41 million last year. Without appreciating the true value of water, consumers will not use water wisely. Cheap water is not the solution.  If...
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Leaving oil in the ground to fight climate change

An innovative new initiative to tackle climate change and conserve forests has taken off in Ecuador. The Yasuni initiative has received support from many famous individuals, international organisations and NGOs. By Martin Khor   What would a country’s leaders do if oil reserves were discovered beneath the tropical rain forests of that nation’s premier national park? The...
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Nuclear plants move offshore

By Karl Grossman Russia has embarked on a scheme to build floating nuclear power plants to be moored off its coasts — especially off northern and eastern Russia — and sold to nations around the world. “Absolutely safe,” Sergei Kiriyenko, director-general of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy corporation, told Reuters as the barge that is to serve as the base for...
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Malaysian nuclear programme lacks genuine public consultation

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is very disturbed to read that the government has already decided on the proposed nuclear energy programme as it is included as one of the 131 entry-point projects (ETP) of the Economic Transformation Programme unveiled to the public on Tuesday at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). We recall that Prime Minister...
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Norwegian Pension Fund’s divestment of Samling Global Limited an embarrassment

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the announcement last month by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to exclude Malaysian-based Samling Global Limited from its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) investment portfolio. The pension fund is described as Europe's largest institutional investor that held 2,792 billion kronor (approximately RM1.5 trillion) in international stocks and bonds as...
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