Penang alarmed over extensive logging in Kedah affecting water supply

Predeep Nambiar -April 25, 2019 5:29 PM• 5 minute read46Shares 39

Penang, Kedah and Perlis heavily rely on the Sungai Muda, which runs from the forest reserve, for their water supply. (Facebook pic)

GEORGE TOWN: A water utility company today said Putrajaya should widen its protection of areas beyond the Ulu Muda forest reserve as more jungles are being cleared in remote parts of Kedah near Kuala Nerang.

Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBA) CEO Jaseni Maidinsa said with news that the Bukit Keramat forest had been authorised for clearing by the previous Kedah government, the federal government ought to step up efforts to protect water catchment areas there.

A large tract of forest close to the Ahning Dam, near Bukit Keramat, 25km north of the large Ulu Muda forest reserve, was reportedly cleared with permission from the local authorities there.

The Ahning Dam is among four dams in Kedah, the others being the Pedu, Beris and Muda dams.

In a statement, Jaseni said the report was shocking as PBA had on many occasions called for the main water catchment area for the northern region — the greater Ulu Muda Forest Reserve — to be protected.

He said the only way to protect it was through proper laws, strict enforcement and fair compensation to Kedah for losing logging revenue to keep Ulu Muda safe in perpetuity.

Jaseni Maidinsa.

“How many hectares of ‘forest reserve lands’ have been approved for logging by the former Kedah state government in water catchment areas, including the 163,103ha of rainforests in Ulu Muda?

“Are these approvals still valid with the change in state government? Is the Kedah Forestry Department issuing more permits for logging ‘independently’?

“Is the ban on logging in Ulu Muda a blanket ban that covers all 163,103ha of the Greater Ulu Muda Forest Complex that serves as a regional water catchment area?

“Which government department is enforcing the ban on logging in Ulu Muda, as announced in September 2018?”

Jaseni was responding to The Star’s report that the previous Kedah administration had approved 1,400ha of forest reserve land to be cleared on Aug 1, 2017.

Of the 1,400ha site, close to 700ha of the forest have been cleared.

The daily also quoted the Department of Environment as saying that no environmental impact assessment was done for the logging, despite a requirement to do so.

The present Kedah government was not aware of the logging, the report read.

Meanwhile, at a different event, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Ulu Muda forest reserve ought to be protected for the sake of water security for the northern states.

He said Penang, Kedah and Perlis heavily relied on the Sungai Muda, which runs from the forest reserve, and that it should be protected from any form of destruction.

“The federal government is now looking at compensating the state for the loss in revenue so we hope the federal government will gazette Ulu Muda as soon as possible,” he said on the sidelines of a Water Security Conference here today.


Umno just because we back 90pc Bumi intake policy

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Opalyn MokMalay Mail23 April 2019, 1:45 pm GMT+8

Khaliq expressed his regret at Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy’s statement yesterday. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Khaliq expressed his regret at Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy’s statement yesterday. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, April 23 — Penang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has voiced its support for the Education Ministry’s decision to maintain the intake policy of 90 per cent Bumiputera students and 10 per cent non-Bumiputera students in government matriculation programmes.

Penang Bersatu Information Chief Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq said Bersatu’s support for this policy does not mean the party’s policies are similar to that of Umno.

“We supported this policy as we believe that Malays still need government assistance in terms of educational provisions,” he said in a statement issued today.

Khaliq expressed his regret at Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy’s statement yesterday equating Bersatu with Umno for supporting a policy left by the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“His shallow statement did not hold true to the Pakatan Harapan consensus,” he said.

He said the Perai assemblyman, as a senior politician, should understand Bersatu’s political struggle within PH in this New Malaysia era.

“Bersatu, together with other PH components, are working to restore the unity of the people due to the negative effects on race and religion left by the former government,” he said.

Khaliq said Ramasamy must be more sensitive and careful with his statement as he had “hurt the feelings” of Bersatu leaders by equating the party’s struggles with that of its political foe, Umno.

The Bertam assemblyman also demanded Ramasamy withdraw his statement.

Yesterday, Ramasamy, in his Facebook posting, said “Bersatu despite being an ethnic Bumiputera party seems to be entrapped in the mindset of Umno, an extreme racist party.”

He went on to say that as part of PH, Bersatu should go beyond Umno or PAS.

“It does not do good for the party to hold to decisions made by Umno when the latter was in power,” he said.

He said there was a need to go beyond the 90:10 formula for the matriculation intake policy even though it is an existing formula.

“Clinging to old methods does not do good for Bersatu and any other component parties in PH,”

“Even if the current ratio of 90:10 is adopted, the numbers might not match,” he said.

Ramasamy said the current intake ratio on the basis of assigning importance to core subjects, inclusion of marks assigned to extracurricular activities and subjected to B40 criteria might affect the intake of Chinese and Indian students.

“I hope the Cabinet sees the flaws in admission procedures to adopt a more enlightened policy on the admission of non-Malay students,” he said.

Ramasamy was responding Bersatu information chief Mohd Radzi Mohd Jidin’s statement supporting the 90:10 ratio policy for government matriculation programmes.

Viral Videos Show Chaos Erupting On Penang Island Due To A Huge Waterspout

BY ALYSSA J. OON — 01 APR 2019Videos and photos show strong winds that left wreckage across Tanjung Tokong.  Cover image via PenangEcho/Penang Kini (Edited by SAYS)

Chaos ensued on Penang Island after a huge waterspout appeared earlier this afternoon and brought about strong winds and waves

Various videos and photos of the phenomenon, which is believed to have occurred around 1.30pm today, 1 April, have gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

According to The Star, the waterspout was seen near the UDA low-cost flats near Tanjung Tokong.

The waterspout reportedly went on for about 40 minutes…

Image from Salehi Hassan/Facebook

Image via Salehi Hassan/Facebook

Image from Penang Kini/Facebook

… Leaving wreckage across Tanjung Tokong due to the strong winds and rain

Image from Penang Kini/Facebook

Image via Penang Kini/Facebook

Image from Penang Kini/Facebook

Image via Penang Kini/Facebook

One user by the name of Muhamad Shakiran shared a photo of his stall, which was damaged by the winds. 

Image from Penang Kini/Facebook



Kulim international airport among high-impact projects costing over RM3b approved for Kedah — Azmin

Justin Lim/
March 2019 19:18 pm +08

+KUALA LUMPUR (March 19): The RM1.6 billion Kulim International Airport project is among several high-impact projects for Kedah costing more than RM3 billion announced by the Federal Government today.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who announced the projects after a special meeting with Federal and State Government officers in Alor Setar, said  they were aimed at making development in the State on par with that in the more progressive States.

The other projects include two phases of the Northern Corridor Highway project over a 70-km stretch from Bandar Baharu (Kulim) to Sungai Petani and from Bandar Baharu to the Sultan Abdul Halim Bridge in Penang, at an estimated cost of RM1.7 billion,
Also approved were an RM300 million manufacturing industries and logistics hub in Sidam, near Kulim, and a digital library in Alor Setar worth RM15 million.Advertisement

The implementation of an impact study for the construction of a petrochemical industrial park in Gurun worth RM2 million was also announced.

Azmin, in a statement, said that at the request of Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) has also approved
the Kasih Ibu Darul Aman(KIDA) programme with a budget of RM30 million a year.

The approval was made at  the 20th meeting of NCIA yesterday, chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said the KIDA programme aims to assist 5,482 poor families in the State, particularly in Baling, Sik, Yan and Kota Setar, to buy basic necessities.

“The regional development agenda is one of the promises of the Pakatan Harapan gvernment that will be realized through strategic alliances with many parties, including the State Governments,” Azmin said.

He added the Federal Government and the Kedah Government shared the same vision of delivering services to the people and implementing the wealth-sharing agenda for the people’s development and well-being.

Meanwhile, Azmin said his Ministry has approved RM1.132 billion as development expenditure for Kedah this year, comprising 201 projects worth RM1.049 billion to be continued and 51 new projects worth RM82.5 million to be initiated for the well-being of the people.


Flying model steals the show at LIMA’19

Bernama -March 27, 2019 4:07 PM• 5 minutes read1.5kShares 1.4k

The model of a flying car, known as Vector, has intrigued many visitors at LIMA’19.

LANGKAWI: If you are eager to see how the “air mobility system” looks like, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 (LIMA’19) exhibition here, is indeed a great place for you to do so.

Although it is just a model, the public can have a clearer idea of the physical look of the vehicle that could be flown someday.

Known as Vector, the vehicle’s debut at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) has been stealing the limelight of this year’s edition as many patrons are intrigued by it.

Most of them initially thought Vector was the much-talked about flying car, but it is nowhere near that.


PARLIMEN ke 14 sudah masuk sidang yang kedua, di mana sidang kedua bermula Isnin lalu yang akan bersidang selama 20 hari. Kabinet kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) yang pertama kali dibentuk sudah berusia 10 bulan. Walaupun kabinet pertama Dr Mahathir itu relatif baharu, di mana terlalu awal untuk dinilai, tetapi sudah ada aspek tertentu yang boleh dibuat penilaian.

Ketiga mereka ini sangat layak untuk sertai kabinet.

Kita tahu, hampir 95% anggota kabinet Dr Mahathir seramai 28 orang terdiri daripada orang baharu yang pertama kali menjadi anggota kabinet.