Petition: SAVE MALAYSIA’S SEA TURTLES

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Petition: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAVE_MALAYSIAS_SEA_TURTLES/

The world’s largest and most effective online campaigning community for change – SAVE MALAYSIA’S SEA TURTLES

Created by: Mat Nor M. Malaysia 

To be delivered to: The Chief Minister of Perak Malaysia, Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Bin Abdul Khadir

We feel very concerned about the plans to build a steel mill and a gas plant on 202 hectares of the beach of Pasir Panjang, Perak, which is one of only six nesting sites of the endangered Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas, CITES App.1) on the Malay Peninsula. The beach is declared as “Environmentally Sensitive Area 1” according to the “National Physical Plan”, meaning that no development, except for ecotourism should be undertaken here. The industrial development at this undisturbed nature site clearly contradicts the NPP and the plans would harm Malaysia’s positive image in the world. We support the development of Perak, which will boost the economy in the region. However, the destruction of Pasir Panjang will severely harm the highly sensitive ecosystem and the Green Sea Turtle’s population. We urge you to halt the plans immediately and to transfer the plants to more appropriate areas, e.g. the only 10 km nearby Lumut Industrial Port!

Why this is important

The plans to open one of only few nesting sites of the endangered Green Sea Turtle to industrial development severely threatens this protected species.

One of ONLY six hatching sites of this species exist on Peninsular Malaysia.Now, the plans were signed by the local government to open a steel mill and gas plant on over 265 ha of this undisturbed nature site.

The construction work will begin in a few months, maybe even weeks!

The necessary infrastructure for both projects also harms the surrounding Virgin Jungle Reserve. Parts of it were given free for logging. The reserve hosts many endemic and unique plant and animal species, like the critically endangeredDipterocarp tree Shorea lumutensis or the pangoline.

Not only the nature is under threat, also the locals depending on fisheries and tourism will lose much of their income and the toxic emissions from the plants will cause acid rain and health problems!

Just last year the Brazilian mining company Vale took one major area of pristine virgin jungle at the nearby Teluk Rubiah, Manjung, to put up their steel factory that will produce the steel pellets destined to be processed at our beach.The forest and coast is destroyed now and cannot be brought back! 

Outcries by the public and local NGOs reached nothing to prevent those plans.

WE MUST stop the cruel destruction of Malaysia’s beautiful habitats now!

Please help save this sensitive and unique ecosystem from destruction and spread the word.


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https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAVE_MALAYSIAS_SEA_TURTLES/

Nota: Poskad Memo Membantah Projek Kilang Besi Maegma & Loji LNG Atigas untuk diserahkan kepada YAB Menteri Besar Perak boleh didapati pada hari pelancaran Kempen Selamatkan Penyu Segari & Hutan Bukit Pantai Segari sempena Sambutan Hari Alam Sekitar Sedunia 2013 pada 5 Jun ini jam 8.30am hingga 1.00pm di Pusat Pengurusan Penyu Segari, Lumut, Perak.

Maklumat lanjut program dan pendaftaran rujuk dihttps://www.facebook.com/events/118347951706394/

Dokumentari : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhZT8JEdQE

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Anjuran Sahabat Alam Malaysia – SAM dengan kerjasama KUASA – Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam. Turut bersama aktivis Pertubuhan Pencinta Alam & Sukan Memancing Perak (PENCINTA), aktivis PEKA, Badan Profesional Perhutanan Malaysia dan beberapa NGO Alam Sekitar Malaysia.

Featured image provided by fredsharples under Creative Commons license.

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