TPP Could Well Prove to be a ‘Disaster’ for the Environment

TPP Could Well Prove to be a ‘Disaster’ for the Environment

The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) may well be good for Malaysia’s economy, but it will do little to protect the country’s environment. So says a new study published by the research institute Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). In the study, “Bait-and-Switch: The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Promised Environmental Protections Do Not…

Property Development Association Agrees to Go Greener

Property Development Association Agrees to Go Greener

When it comes to sustainable building practices, Malaysia hasn’t exactly been a world-leader. Less than 2% of buildings in the country has been rated with a sustainability tool, and many local construction businesses have yet to adopt more environmentally friendly practices of the kind that are already common in neighboring…

Pollinators Will Need Our Attention

Pollinators Will Need Our Attention

Let’s be honest: Few of us, save for insect enthusiasts, spend much time fretting about bees or moths or wasps or beetles – except when they set their sight on our lunchboxes. We definitely ought to care about them a whole lot more, however. That’s because a myriad of insects,…

MYCarbon Project Gets Further Boost

MYCarbon Project Gets Further Boost

A useful insight for successful environmental policies is this: If you want people to act responsibly, incentivize responsible behavior. And so the Malaysian government’s new carbon tax incentives for local companies are a welcome development. Under a new government scheme, which is supported by the Finance Ministry, companies that voluntarily…

Coastal Development Plan in Penang Draws the Ire of Environmentalists

Coastal Development Plan in Penang Draws the Ire of Environmentalists

The island of Penang has often been heralded as a forerunner in Malaysian sustainable development (such as it is), but that does not necessarily mean local authorities never put a foot wrong. In fact, they are false-stepping right now. An environmental NGO, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, has warned that proposed new coastal reclamation projects…

Some Villagers in Kuantan Lost More Than Just Incomes in Bauxite Fiasco

Some Villagers in Kuantan Lost More Than Just Incomes in Bauxite Fiasco

We live in a complex world with people often having competing agendas, and so the case has been with the three-month moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang. Whereas environmentalists across Malaysia celebrated the government’s decision to outlaw all mining activities, effective of January 15, some locals in Kuantan, the ground…

Penang is set to get its First Green Condos

Penang is set to get its First Green Condos

Penang is an architectural gem renowned for its historic mélange of buildings constructed in British colonial, Indian, Chinese and Malay styles, all of which vie for attention in scenic arrangements. Now the island’s architectural landscape is set to be enriched further still – this time with a project promising green standards. A…

How Much More Forest can Malaysia cut Down?

How Much More Forest can Malaysia cut Down?

In perhaps one of Malaysia’s biggest environmental promises to date, the country has pledged to retain 50% of its forest cover.  The commitment was made during the global climate change convention COP21 in December.  It’s a brave promise, and will be a big win for Malaysia’s beautiful, rich, and quickly…

Malaysia’s Trees could be Worth $2.4 Trillion (If They’re Kept Alive)

Malaysia’s Trees could be Worth $2.4 Trillion (If They’re Kept Alive)

About 60% of Malaysia is covered by forest.  Though the country’s woodland environments have suffered mightily at the hands of short-sighted industrial, agricultural and urban development over the past several decades – Malaysia once enjoyed almost 100% forest cover – the trees remaining provide much to the nation.  The benefits trees and forests…

Sabah’s Kaiduan Dam will Provide Water but Destroy Homes

Sabah’s Kaiduan Dam will Provide Water but Destroy Homes

In yet another example of Malaysia being caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to sustainability, plans for the controversial Kaiduan Dam were just approved. The Kaiduan Dam is planned for construction on the Papar River in Sabah, a Malaysian state facing a looming water crisis. …