State Authorities Should be Stringent in Curbing Illegal Activities in Permanent Reserved Forests and State Land

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kelantan State Authority to take stringent action to curb encroachment and illegal exploration activities for mining purposes in the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) and state land especially during the movement control order (MCO). Although Malaysia is still implementing the MCO, the State Authority should direct the relevant agencies to take proactive …

Government must be prudent regarding EPF withdrawal

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) expresses its support for a recent statement made by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) chief executive officer Tunku Alizakri Alias reminding the contributors that their savings “are for the future” and should not be withdrawn. He pointed out that 71.4 per cent of the self-employed have less than one …

Carlsberg Malaysia should not include any advertisements during their disinfecting campaign in schools

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would like to relay the mixed feelings we have about the news that Carlsberg Malaysia, through its Safer Schools campaign, is sponsoring disinfection services for 680 vernacular schools in the Covid-19 red zones as well as donating handheld thermometers to all eligible vernacular schools. In this time of uncertainty, …

RETHINK DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM IN AVERTING FUTURE CRISES DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL MISMANAGEMENT

It is Earth Day on April 22.  It is a day to remember Mother Earth and how we treat her. This time, Earth Day is happening during the time of COVID-19, when the world economy has been put on brakes, with lockdowns in place to counter the devastating health impacts of the pandemic. It is …

Use of bear bile in COVID-19 treatment should be stopped

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is gravely concerned to learn that the National Health Commission of China has recommended the use of bear bile in the treatment of severe and critical cases of COVID-19.   This move is a blow to conservationists worldwide, as on Feb 24th this year, China declared an immediate and comprehensive ban on the trade …