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SAM calls for review and scrapping of the Langkawi reclamation project

On 31 May 2018, the late Sarawak developer, Ting Peh Khiing famous for the Bakun Dam project announced that he would be launching a RM30 billion development project to be built on reclaimed land off the west side of Langkawi island on 01 June 2018. Called the Langkawi New City project, it would be located on 81 hectares of reclaimed land. The proposed project was envisioned to be a high-end...
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The Idea Of Growth Was Planted

Economic growth is now sacrosanct all over the world. All governments adopt it and most citizens just accept it. Governments don't pay the price and keep doing the easy sell to their citizens. Economists do creative accounting and externalise all the social and environmental costs that citizens bear. If all the externalities are added (or rather deducted), in the calculation of GDP, the...
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Dissatisfaction and Unhappiness Guaranteed

­­ The industrialists had planned to create dissatisfaction decades ago to boost consumer demand. With the help of economists, PR agencies, advertisers and governments... they succeeded in creating the consumer society and made us ideal consumers for the factories and industrialization. Consumers are seen as the engines of growth. This organized approach succeeded and made us dissatisfied and...
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Consumer Society: Dream or Nightmare?

Industrialists, governments, advertisers and PR agencies want us to believe that consumption is the way to attain happiness. We are made into consumers to keep the factories and economic activities flourishing. Chasing status and materialism by consumption. Buying unnecessary goods, getting new models, getting miracle products... the cycle never ends and our greed is never satisfied. And the...
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Many individuals and communities out there are still participating in the month-long #GrowWithCAP2021 campaign

..... Many individuals and communities out there are still participating in the month-long #GrowWithCAP2021 campaign, and in so doing help to create solutions for the world’s environmental crisis. Trees have existed for about 400 million years, about 2,000 times longer than modern humans. Let’s not chop down trees indiscriminately, let’s grow more trees instead for the benefit of present...
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Coming Together For A Common Cause

..... .....   The month-long #GrowWithCAP2021 campaign initiated by CAP has managed to bring together men, women, children, friends, families and neighbours for a common purpose – greening up homes, neighbourhoods, schools/universities and other common localities for a healthy environmental impact as well as practising sustainable living. Many of you have posted what you have done and...
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OBJECTION TO SITING BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT IN JENJAROM, KUALA LANGAT, SELANGOR

  Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Selangor State Government, Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) and related government departments to take heed and seriously consider the protest of the local community here against the proposed re-operation of the battery manufacturing plant near their residential area. The state government and the relevant authorities need to learn from past...
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Rain Is Not the Main Cause Of Floods In This Country

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) negates the claims by some quarters that extraordinary rains were the cause of the massive floods that hit several states recently. Putting the blame on rain, which is a natural phenomenon, has resulted in the problem of floods not being addressed effectively and has now become more serious. Therefore, CAP urges the government to take action in...
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The Healthiest People Don’t Go To Gyms

According to a Time magazine article, people in towns or cities who have exercises worked into their daily routines have the healthiest and longest lives (like having good public transport where passengers walk to the station, many bicycle lanes, and cities with pedestrianisation, thus reducing dependence on cars). In the past, there were no gyms and trainers and we have much less...
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Back To The Good Earth

In the 21st century, we will look for places worth staying in. Back to nature, to peace and quiet, to less crowded places and fresher air. The trend is already here, big cities are depopulating due to many factors, including unaffordable prices, polluted air, overcrowding, traffic jams, not enough nature, etc. Simply not a good place to stay in. This is aided by the work-at-home movement, better...
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