Misplaced priorities of the Malaysian Registrar of Society

The Registrar of Societies Datuk Mohd Alias Kalil should be proud and grateful that we in Malaysia have societies like SAM (Sahabat Alam Malaysia) who go to the extreme to protect the environment against commercial logging, plantation development and the building of dams in the country.

SAM president has rightfully stated that issues related to the protection of the environment should not be considered anti-national. Instead the laws must be amended to make such activities as legal. These are great services to the nation and to regard it as anti-national is pure ignorance and misguided thinking.

Environmental protection is the crying call for the whole world today. Malaysia and the whole world need more societies like SAM to protect the world from global warming and other disasters.

Without such aggressive campaign against powerful businessman and government politicians how would Malaysia achieve the promise of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Najib has pledged that Malaysia would reduce up to 40% in terms of emissions per GDP by 2020 compared to the 2005 level. It is quite surprising that senior officers like Datuk Mohd Alias can’t see it and therefore is not committed to work towards this goal.

Datuk Mohd Alias should not urge SAM to be a more civil and friendly NGO towards logging companies, plantation companies and energy companies. It is deplorable that a senior officer can make such remarks.

With such an attitude, how could a civil servant provide quality service and decision making for a better Malaysia. SAM’s core activity is to lead campaigns against destruction of forest and I call upon ROS to support their mission and vision.

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