Environment group Peka says informed police, DBKL of July 18 rally

PETALING JAYA: The organiser of the "Walk Towards a Better Environment" peaceful rally has informed the police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall of its march from Padang Merbok to Parliament on Thursday (July 18).

Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) president Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil (pic) said the authorities had no problem allowing them to march to hand over a memorandum to parliamentarians.

Peka is demanding amendments to the Federal Constitution as well as the Forestry Act 1984 for greater environmental protection from the government such as indiscriminate deforestation activities.

Shariffa Sabrina said it was high time the Constitution was amended to holistically protect water resources among others, as the depleting supply posed a threat to national security.

She said that state governments should be compelled to protect the environment, the forest and its wildlife and to guarantee the right of people to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being.

Shariffa Sabrina said the Forestry Act should be amended to impose stiffer penalties to serve as deterrent.

"We propose that the fines be increased up to RM10mil to serve as a deterrent," she said.

Shariffa Sabrina added that Peka is also proposing new clauses in the Forestry Act to enable the setting up of a state forestry experts council to advise the respective state authorities and to hold public hearings.

"We want the proposed State Forestry Experts Council to be empowered to order investigations into public complaints and concerns against indiscriminate logging and mining, among others," she said.



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