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Category: Environment EN

Halt the Mission – Nuclear Energy is NOT an Option!

The Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (MyCAN) is appalled that the Malaysian Government is determined to go down the nuclear energy route with the completion of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission for Phase 1 of ‘readiness’ that was conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last October. When receiving the final mission report from the IAEA on March...
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HALT LOGGING AND MINING PROJECTS IN PAHANG – SAM URGES

Pollution of Sungai Pahang, Tasik Chini and Tasik Mentiga Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Pahang government to stop logging and mining activities in the state to curb the worsening problem of pollution of the Pahang River, Tasik  Chini and Tasik Mentiga in the district of Pekan. The problem that has persisted for more than 20 years does not only affect the water catchment and water supply...
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RIVER IN SUNGAI PETANI, KEDAH GETTING MORE POLLUTED

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the  Sungai Petani Municipal Council (MPSPK), Department of Environment (DoE) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to take urgent action to resolve the river pollution in Sungai Petani which is getting worse. The river pollution that has been on-going for more than 10 years now has not only caused the river to be full of rubbish and waste but has...
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FAO definition must recognize that plantations are not forests!

On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are reminding the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that its misleading forest definition dating back to 1948 must be changed. The definition has allowed the plantations industry to hide the devastating ecological and social impacts of large-scale monoculture tree plantations behind a positive forest image. FAO’s forest...
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Treat alien fish species with the same concerns as oil spills

Sahabat Alam Malaysia learnt to our horror, as reported in a Bahasa Malaysia daily, the irreversible damage to our environment with the invasion of an alien fish species, in this particular case - the African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) into our rivers and ecosystem. Alien species that enter a biological niche where they have never before existed can be difficult to control and predict,  which...
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RIVERS IN BAYAN LEPAS ARE SEVERELY POLLUTED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to take urgent action to address the pollution of the Keluang and Nipah Rivers  near Bayan Lepas. The pollution of these two rivers for the past 10 years has caused the water of both the rivers to become black and muddy.  The rivers are not only an...
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Project Without EIA Approval Threatens Coastal Mangroves and Livelihood of Fisher Communities: SAM Urges Reclamation Project in Kuala Kedah is Stopped Immediately

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Department of Environment to take urgent action to stop the reclamation project at Kampung Tepi Laut near Kuala Kedah because it has contravened environmental regulations and has destroyed mangroves and threatens source of income of coastal fisher community here. SAM is upset with the Kedah government and the local authority for allowing the activities to be...
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SAM Supports Call for Protection of Ulu Muda Forest

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the call by Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) for an immediate ban of logging in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve and to gazette the forest reserve as a water catchment area. It was reported recently that the Kedah Forestry Department had issued a stop-work order to a company conducting logging activities in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve in Sik...
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States advised to be cautious in entering into deals in the forestry sector related to climate change

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the clarification by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) that the carbon-offset deal signed by the Kelantan State Government with a private company has nothing to do with any United Nations’ mechanism. Minister Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has clarified that the UN mechanism related to the forestry sector (that was disingenuously...
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Towards environmental literacy

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes and fully supports the proposal by Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to introduce environmental education in schools. SAM believes that educators of today should promote environmental literacy in schools and as early as in pre-school level. According to the UNESCO-UNEP International Environmental Education Programme, an...
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