ANWAR IBRAHIM MUST RESOLVE WATER POLLUTION AND DEFORESTATION ISSUES IN SELANGOR

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 20 Oct 2020

While Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, head of the Pakatan Harapan coalition is busy trying to convince the country that he has the majority in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister, the citizens of PH-run Selangor would rather he resolves two pressing issues, namely, the never-ending water pollution in the state and the Menteri Besar’s proposed degazettement of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve.

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Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) De-gazettement Inconsistent with Malaysia’s International Environmental and Human Rights Obligations

We, representatives from various civil-society organisations, are writing to raise serious concerns related to the proposed development and de-gazettement of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLFNR). Our organisations are extremely disappointed with the Selangor State government for the manner in which they handled the Town Hall Meeting that took place on the 29th of September 2020 in Pulau Carey to discuss this issue.

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THERE SHOULD BE NO FACTORIES IN RIVER BUFFER ZONES

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 8 Sept 2020

The Selangor State government still does not get the seriousness of the situation. Judging from today’s newspaper reports their pathetic response to the crisis simply means there will be more water pollution of our rivers in the future. That is certain. Instead of creating an urgent plan to ensure the removal of all factories in river buffer zones and that no factories are built in such sensitive and important zones, their solution seems to be to legalise the unlicensed factories already in place.

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DIRTY BUSINESS AS USUAL DURING A CLIMATE CRISIS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 24 Sept 2019

During the week when the whole world was marching for change to address the climate emergency, was there outrage among Malaysians over the shocking “business as usual” article by Mangai Balasegaram, “We’re polluting the air to generate power we don’t need”? (The Star, 22 Sept 2019)

Mangai was highlighting the abominable RM3.5bil contract awarded to Tadmax Resources to develop a coal-fired power plant in Pulau Indah, Klang:

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COMMIT TO URGENT CLIMATE ACTION NOW!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong & Anne Munro-Kua, SUARAM 20 Sept 2019

We, the inhabitants of Planet Earth, are already having to deal with unprecedented and alarming events from flooding to forest fires, in what is clearly a Global Climate Emergency. In the face of this challenging scenario, millions of concerned citizens across all 7 continents are going on Climate Strike this September 20th to demand that our respective governments take urgent significant action to address this crisis. First of all, we need an urgent response and clear strategies from the Malaysian Government that demonstrate a commitment to addressing these universal demands:

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