‘Stop all illegal logging’

Source: The Star

picture of deforestation

Scarred landscape: An aerial view showing part of Bukit Enggang cleared due to logging activities in Sik, Kedah. — ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is urging the relevant authorities to put a stop to all illegal and unsustainable logging in forest reserves to preserve the vital water catchment areas and their rich biodiversity.

Its president Henry Goh said it was irregular for a large swathe of forest reserve of more than 500ha in Bukit Enggang, Sik, Kedah, to be logged without an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).

“The villagers living in the foothills of Bukit Enggang have to ‘dam up the river’ to collect water for their daily use.

“This river is heavily polluted by the logging in the forest located upstream which has rendered the water unusable,” he said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Goh said other logging concessions closer to villages were given out for logging in Bukit Enggang without any consideration of the impact on people living in the vicinity.

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All stateless children in Kedah now allowed to enrol in govt schools

Source: NST Online

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

SIK: All stateless children in Kedah, aged seven and above, will be allowed to enrol in public schools in the state.

Announcing this today, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said state Education Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zin will be holding a briefing session with all district education offices (PPDs) in the state on the matter soon.

The decision came one day after the New Straits Times had highlighted the plight of seven-year-old Tan Yao Chun from Changlun, who was unable to attend school as his Malaysian father did not register his birth with the Malaysian embassy in Thailand.

Ahmad Bashah said the boy’s predicament was discussed in the state executive council meeting today.

“We were informed by Tajul during the meeting that the Education Ministry has given its permission for stateless children to be accepted in all public schools, and that he will be calling all the PPDs to brief them on this matter soon,” he told a press conference here today. Read more

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