Driven to Their Graves by Roads

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is appalled at the frequent occurrences of road kills affecting our endangered species. It has been reported that since 2011 wild animals such as civets, wild boars, marbled cats, tapirs and others etc have been killed in road accidents.
Among wildlife, mammals make up the highest number of animals killed in these accidents, accounting for 1,110 deaths.

MALAYSIA’S TOWERING INFERNOS?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is horrified by the news of the Grenfell Tower “Inferno” disaster. With the number of high rise buildings littering our country, it is not hard to imagine such an incident happening in Malaysia. More frightening is the current development trend of building high density skyscrapers – with this we have effectively increased the number of people residing in these death traps.

Based on the complaints CAP has received from residents of flats and other high rise buildings, we are faced with the unnerving fact that many of the factors that were prerequisite to the disaster on 14 June in North Kensington, London’s public housing flats are also issues that are faced by the residents of high-rise buildings in our country.

Farm Animals Need Protection from Fire

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is highly disturbed to learn of a recent fire in Yong Peng, near Batu Pahat, Johor where a chicken coop was razed to the ground along with the  74 000 chicks.  Although such incidents of fire killing thousands of chicks are sporadic, barn fires capture less public attention than they deserve because they happen in rural areas, often far from major populated centres. However this  should not be taken as a trivial matter but viewed with serious concern by the agriculture authorities.

Being burned alive is said to be the most painful way to die. When the temperatures started rising due to the fire, it basically created a wildfire like effect that just raced through the chicken house.  Often, there are too few workers on hand to do anything to help the animals. By the time firefighters arrive it is often too late.  These hens will continue to choke and burn to death, while firefighters go on putting their lives at risk to battle flames that are deadly.  In addition, farm workers and first responders are put at terrible risk every time one of these fires breaks out.

Fire Crackers And Fireworks: Just Enforce The Law!

Instead of ushering a festival in a celebrative environment, it is a yearly event for people to end up in hospital. They suffer severe injuries if they are lucky, otherwise they ended up dead. It is needless but apparently the relevant authorities are not keen in arresting this perennial problem.

This year is a mere repetition of previous years. There were already reported casualties and news of fire crackers and fireworks being blatantly sold at prices ranging from RM2 to RM65 per box at Pasar Ramadhan nationwide.

UNEVEN ROADS, CAP URGES THE PENANG GOVERNMENT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

Consumers Association Penang (CAP) urges the state government and city council to investigate and take immediate action to solve road problems such as uneven surface, deformation, cracking and potholes in several areas in Penang.

These conditions not only inconvenience and frustrate road users but also raise concerns as it may affect the safety of the road users if left unresolved.