More NGOs from around the country are backing an online petition to protest the massive 4,500-acre “three islands” land reclamation project in Penang.
Among them are fishermen’s groups and those working with the fishing communities in Penang.
More than 4,000 fishermen in Penang are likely to be affected by the land reclamation. Over 6,000 more coastal fisher folk in neighbouring Perak could be affected by sand mining for the land reclamation.
At a packed press conference this morning, chaired by Consumers Association of Penang vice-president Mohideen Abdul Kadir – the first at the office since the passing of the late CAP president SM Mohamed Idris – it was revealed that more than 12,000 people had signed the online petition.
By this evening, the number had soared to over 15,000, leaving a rival petition supporting the project trailing in the dust.
An official logo for the anti-reclamation campaign was also unveiled.
The online petition against the reclamation is available in Malay, English, Chinese and Japanese. A Tamil version is in the pipeline.
The petition is endorsed by 45 groups, including Aliran:
- Penang Forum
- Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)
- Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
- Transit Malaysia
- Agora Society
- Tanjung Bungah Residents Association (TBRA)
- Penang Heritage Trust (PHT)
- Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Penang branch
- Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka)
- Johor Yellow Flame
- Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Sejahtera Malaysia (Grass)
- Klima Action Malaysia (Kamy)
- Artivist Network
- Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa)
- Klimate Action Utara Malaysia (Kaum)
- Childline Foundation
- Toy Libraries Malaysia
- C4 Center
- Pertubuhan Warisan Tanah & Teroka Bandar (Teroka)
- Persatuan Penduduk Petaling Jaya (MyPJ)
- Friends of Kota Damansara (FoKD)
- Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
- Persatuan Pendidikan dan Kebajikan Jaringan Nelayan Pantai Malaysia (Jaring Malaysia)
- Greenpeace Malaysia
- Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur – SKL Group
- Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP)
- Pertubuhan Pecinta Alam Sekitar Pantai Tanjung Bungah Pulau Pinang (NGO Pantai)
- Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia (GPSM)
- Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK)
- Shorebirds Peninsular Malaysia
- Desaria Residents Association, Penang
- Persatuan Ilmu Murni Pulau Pinang
- Solok Kelicap Residents Association, Sungai Ara, Penang
- Penang Inshore Fishermen Welfare Association (Pifwa)
- Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
- Malaysian Progressives in Australia
- Qaryah Masjid Al-Mustaghfirin Sungai Tiram, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
- Masjid Jamek Sungai Burong Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
- People, Ideas, Culture
- Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
- Perak Heritage Society
- Management Corporation of Mar Vista Resort, Penang