Orang Asli Development Blueprint must recognise their customary land rights

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the New Straits Times editorial published on April 24, 2019, titled, NST Leader: “A meaningful future for the community.”  The editorial was written in conjunction with the recently held 2019 Orang Asli Convention, where the Prime Minister announced the plan to develop a National Orang Asli Development Blueprint.  SAM welcomes the …

Call for urgent action to stop demolition of Palestinian village in occupied West Bank

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Malaysian government to urgently take all measures necessary to stop the impending illegal demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan al Ahmar, located in the occupied West Bank.  SAM is a member of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and we have been alerted by our Palestinian member of FOEI, …

Secret RCEP trade deal fails international standards of transparency experts warn

The 23rd round of negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand this week. The mega- Asian trade deal will impact the lives of over 3 billion people, yet a new study which is available at https://www.foei.org/wp- content/uploads/2018/07/RCEP- trade-deal-secret-deal.pdf    reveals how the deal fails international standards of transparency and public engagement. …

CAP: Call for proper auction procedures in the awarding of spectrum 

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is extremely concerned that our government has lost billions of Ringgit in potential revenue in the awarding of spectrum licences to mobile phone operators in the past, through lack of transparency in the awarding process, as well as in the low pricing.  It is significant to note that India, which …