SAM calls on Pahang government to stop mining activities in Tasik Chini


KUALA LUMPUR – Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) called for immediate action by the government of Pahang State to save the natural ecosystem of Malaysia’s second largest freshwater lake, Tasik Chini in Pekan, Pahang.

Its chairman Meenakshi Raman said the actions include stopping all mining activities in Tasik Chini and its surroundings.

“Other measures that must be taken immediately are to demolish the spillway that has affected the natural ecosystem of Tasik Chini.

“SAM is also urging the state government to classify Tasik Chini and its surrounding areas as a protected area as it is an environmentally sensitive area,” she said in a statement here today.

Meenakshi said SAM was concerned that the state government ‘s failure to meet its full commitment to address the issue could jeopardize the Tasik Chini biosphere reserve status, granted by the United Nations for the education, science and culture (UNESCO) in May 2009.

The Pahang Environment Ministry, in a statement yesterday, said the water quality in Tasik Chini is clean and safe for all life.

The Tasik Chini issue went viral on social media recently following the spread of photographs allegedly showing the lake at risk due to mining activities.

It drew reactions from various parties, including Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who claimed the photographs were taken two years ago.

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