Target: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, Member of Malaysian Parliament
Goal: Stop illegal deforestation and clean up pollution in Malaysia’s rivers
Unregulated land clearing activities in Malaysia’s forest reserves are causing serious river pollution issues in the Cameron Highlands. While illegal farms are springing up throughout the highlands, the Malaysian government has taken no action to protect the natural forests or the water sources. Force Malaysia’s government to take action against illegal deforestation and take control of its toxic pollution issues.
Local environmental group, Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH), is making residents aware about the deteriorating quality of their water supply. The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia recently conducted tests that revealed toxic pesticides in the Cameron Highland’s river waters which will inevitably affect the health of residents and tourists. REACH president, R. Ramakrishnan, commented, “The toxic water pollution is caused by the opening of farms, particularly upstream of the Terla river water catchment areas and treatment plant.”
Not only do Malaysia’s forest areas provide vital habitats for native species, but the effects of deforestation trickle down to the human food supply. Opportunistic farmers are planting vegetables in the deforested areas and using harmful pesticides with no regulation. Sign the below petition to urge the Malaysian Parliament to closely monitor the activities in the Cameron Highlands so that no more forests are destroyed and no more pollutants affect human health.
Dear Datuk Seri G. Palanivel,
Illegal deforestation in the Cameron Highlands is affecting the quality of the water throughout Malaysia. Because there has been no effective government regulation of land clearing activities in this region, illegal farming with harmful pesticides has become very common. These pesticides are leaking into the rivers and streams that supply the region with drinking water.
Not only is the toxic drinking water affecting local residents, but also the many visitors who come to this popular tourist destination. I am urging you to work with REACH and other local environmental groups to closely monitor the Cameron Highlands area for illegal activity. Violators must be prosecuted to make a statement that the Malaysian government will not tolerate disrespect towards the environment.
If you do not do your part to stop illegal deforestation and harmful farming practices, the heath of your people will suffer greatly. We need your help to preserve forest habitats, fresh water sources, and human lives throughout your country.
[Your Name Here]
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