Speech by President of Consumers Association of Penang, Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris at launching of CAP book “Moving Towards Zero Waste: Community Actions in Penang”
First of all the Consumers’ Association of Penang would like to thank the President of Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP), Dato’ Sr Haji Rozali bin Haji Mohamud, for the cooperation rendered to jointly launch CAP’s book titled “Moving Towards Zero Waste: Community Actions in Penang”.
This book amplifies community-led solutions to the waste problem. Many of the Zero Waste actions and champions highlighted in this book are initiatives taken in Seberang Perai since many years ago. We are happy that the schools, community-based organizations, residents associations and individuals portrayed in this book are here to join us in this occasion.
By Dzulkifli Abdul Razak In 1969 the second Malaysian university was established in the north known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. It was later renamed Universiti Sains Malaysia. Under the dynamic inaugural vice-chancellorship of Tan Sri Hamzah Sendut, UPP made its mark worldwide with many firsts to its name. I was privileged to be among its pioneer students. Little did I know then that there was another organisation in the making at the same time. Soon enough I got entangled with it in my search for a balanced education. In a short time, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) took its rightful place in society, led by S M Mohamed Idris as its president. Like USM it too has many firsts to its name, perhaps more. Indeed I was fortunate to be a student of both institutions right from their inception.
Drain at Jalan Sungai Bakau so filthy and need urgent attention from Local Council authorithy. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP), Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID), Health Department of Penang and other authorities to investigate and resolve the problem of polluted ditches that are filled with trash at Jalan Sungai Bakau, near Hon Seng Rice Mill Sdn Bhd.
Protect critical water resources. In conjunction of World Water Day, which falls on 22nd March every year, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Malaysian government to protect critical water resources in Malaysia to ensure water security. This requires classification of permanent reserved forests for protection purposes, proper management of wetlands in Malaysia and intensifying efforts to harvest rain-water. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The central message is that nature-based solutions such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands, is a sustainable and cost-effective way to help re-balance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.
In conjunction with the International Day of Forests on 21 March, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is pleased to learn that the government of Malaysia is currently reviewing the National Forestry Policy that was launched in 1992 (NFP 1992). As with policies that require relook after some time, we welcome the move as the nine-page document is in need of an update in view of emerging challenges and international commitments that the country has taken on.