NGOs object to proposed fish terminal project in Kuala Kedah

Source: The Star Online

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S. M. Mohamed Idris - pic taken from The Star Online

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S. M. Mohamed Idris – pic taken from The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) have objected to the Kedah Government’s proposal to construct a fishery terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah.

CAP president S. M. Mohamed Idris (pic) said the project would adversely affect the environment and livelihood of 2,000 coastal fishermen in Kuala Kedah and surrounding areas.

“Their fishing area, which is Zone A will be reduced and there is possibility of the waters being polluted, and fish breeding grounds threatened.

“We are disappointed with the states decision because the government is not taking into consideration the adverse impacts of the project on the marine environment and livelihood of the local coastal communities,” he said in a statement here Tuesday. Read more

Wrong to approve sensitive hill lands development — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

PenangForum.netFEBRUARY 20 — The Penang Appeals Board has struck out the planning permission given to a developer to build dwelling places and condominiums on sensitive hill lands in Sungai Ara. Land that is 250 feet above sea level and with a steep slope exceeding 25 degrees. The Penang State’s Structure Plan 2020 prohibits any development on such land.

But it allows ‘limited development for special projects’. The 3-member Appeals Board decided that it was neither a special project nor a limited development; and set aside the flawed approval given to Sunway City.

The ruling vindicates the stance of NGOs such as the Penang Forum and CAP. They, together with the irate neighbours, were front-liners in agitating for years against the grant of planning approval to build on vulnerable hill lands. Read more