The Kedah government has been urged to take immediate action to stop logging activities and forest destruction in order to overcome the problem of water shortage faced by the people in the state.
In making this call, Sahabat Alam Malaysia said the government should focus on addressing the root cause of the water shortage problem including threats to water catchment areas from destructive activities and logging.
“There is no point in distributing barrels to consumers or replacing old pipes when taps may remain dry if the state’s water source and forests continue to be destroyed,” SAM president SM Mohamed Idris said in a statement today.
Claiming that the Kedah government has yet to give serious attention to the issue of logging and deforestation activities in the state, the association expressed its disappointment over the matter, adding that this was worsening the water supply problem.
“SAM’s survey found that besides the problem of piped water supply faced in many districts in the state, the natural water resources from rivers and hills are also seriously polluted by logging activities and uncontrolled sand mining operations.
“The water level in two major dams namely Pedu and Muda is affected because the Ulu Muda forest which is a watershed is threatened by logging and mining activities,” SM Mohamed Idris said.
He added that the association hoped the Kedah government would plan for the long term and take more effective action, in view of overcoming the problem of water shortage.
“The problem will be solved only if the corrective action addresses the root cause of the water shortage.
“SAM is concerned and believes that if the cause of the water shortage problem can not be tackled by the Kedah government, in the next two or three years, the ‘rice bowl’ of Malaysia will lack water resources, resulting in adverse effects on the lives of all its citizens,” he said.