Penang State must make public findings of investigations into Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide tragedy

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) call on the Penang state government to make public its findings into the Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide tragedy and to disclose the conditions under which works are being allowed to proceed. This call is made in the wake of works being allowed to proceed …

Sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in Batu Maung turned dump site

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that the sole surviving mangrove forest on government land in the middle of Pekan Baru Batu Maung and adjacent to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Park is threatened by irresponsible dumping of waste. Subsequently, the brackish river flowing through the mangrove forest here is inevitably polluted by leachates …

Break fewer coconuts during Thaipusam Devotees urged

Devotees celebrating Thaipusam on January 20th are urged to break fewer coconuts.  The money used for breaking coconuts can be channeled to fulfill the various needs of a fraction of Indian community that still lives below poverty level. Breaking coconut during Thaipusam is a cleansing ritual practiced by Hindu devotees.  It is a symbolic representation of surrendering …

SAM Supports Federal Government Move to Sue Kelantan Government

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the first of a kind civil suit brought by the Federal Government against Kelantan. SAM applauds the Government’s seriousness and sincerity in recognising, respecting and upholding the rights of the Orang Asli in the country as per our Constitution. For long, indigenous communities, the country’s most marginalised have been struggling …