Depression: Is Malaysia prepared to handle this mental health crisis?

A recent report  released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders estimates that in 2015 there were over 1.1 million cases of depressive disorders in Malaysia[1].  The report further states that depression is a major contributor to suicide deaths accounting for 800,000 or 1.5% of all deaths globally.  If …

Selangor Needs to Increase Its Commitment to Protect Forests

Despite the fact that the country’s administration has changed and is now popularly known as ‘Malaysia Baharu’, however, the governance of forest resources, especially Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) is still frustrating and worrying. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) had anticipated that when the overall change in the system, pattern of administration and administrative policy of the …

SAM CONCERNED OF THE POLLUTION INCIDENT AT SUNGAI KIM KIM

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Johor government and the Department of Environment (JAS) to take stern action against the culprits who dumped chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang which had affected the health of students and school canteen workers in the surrounding yesterday. In the incident, 35 victims were reported to have experienced breathing difficulties, vomiting and with some fainting upon inhaling what is believed to be methane gas. …

Support for Bar Council’s call for the government to protect Orang Asli customary land rights

SAM would like to voice our support for the statement from the Malaysian Bar Council on February 26 for federal and state governments to take all the necessary actions to protect the Orang Asli customary land rights. The statement illustrates the need for our policymakers to look at the law in its entirety. The law …

Stop Reclaiming Our Seas!

SAM launches report on Impacts of Coastal Reclamation in Malaysia Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls upon the Malaysian government to cancel all proposed coastal reclamation projects in the country. The call is based on findings of SAM research and field surveys which indicate that coastal communities and the marine ecosystem have been adversely affected by …