Malaysia Dropping the Ball as ASEAN Chair

Malaysia Dropping the Ball as ASEAN Chair

For the first time in 10 years, Malaysia is official chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).  This honor rotates each year between member nations, and carries with it expectations of high achievement.  As one of ASEAN’s five founding members, Malaysia especially has been expected to lead…

The Boss of Business Sustainability in Malaysia

The Boss of Business Sustainability in Malaysia

Malaysia’s business world doesn’t have the brightest history when it comes to sustainability.  The entire country is famous for profit-driven and explosive growth at the cost of environment, the people are notorious for a “so what” attitude towards their environment, and the land has been heavily polluted and exploited to…

The Corporate Mother of Green Invention

The Corporate Mother of Green Invention

Focused on finding sustainable solutions for the future, a global business and environmental solutions provider called IRIS Corporation Berhad is a world apart from many Malaysian businesses. IRIS is a business is of significant influence in Malaysia.  Some achievements include pioneering the world’s first electronic passport in 1998 and introducing…

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

A new addition to Kuala Lumpur’s host of luxury residential developments is being planned.  Like others, it comes complete with amenities like a 50-yard lap pool, 100 retail shops, a garden lounge, penthouse and other recreational facilities.  Unlike the rest, the project has been designed from the very beginning with…

Shopping Center Leads the Way for Recycling in Malaysia

Shopping Center Leads the Way for Recycling in Malaysia

Tackling the serious issues of poor recycling rates and waste management in Malaysia, a large shopping center in the bustling city of Petaling Jaya has championed the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) with a recycling and used product buy-back program. Home to 180 ‘tenants’ (shops and vendors like Ace…

How Shopping could Save Malaysia’s Seafood

How Shopping could Save Malaysia’s Seafood

Malaysia is the biggest consumer of seafood in Southeast Asia, but its love for marine cuisine is putting the future of the entire fishing industry at risk. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, consumption of fish in Malaysia increased by 150 per cent since 1961.  Malaysians now…

Will Malaysia’s Biggest new Solar Investor Hurt Sustainability?

Will Malaysia’s Biggest new Solar Investor Hurt Sustainability?

One of the world’s biggest solar panel producers is about to open up shop in Penang, Malaysia.  Excitement has been rallied over the over JA Solar’s brand new RM300 million (US$70 million) facility and it’s been hailed as a furtherment of Malaysia’s goal to become a regional hub for green…

GreenTech Malaysia: Pulling for Progress

GreenTech Malaysia: Pulling for Progress

For some years now, Malaysia has had its eyes set on the goal of becoming a regional hub for green technology.  By driving socio-economic growth with green industries like renewable energy, environmental technology and sustainable construction, Malaysia hopes to expand in a way that profits its people and environment as…

How the TPP Could Trouble Malaysia

How the TPP Could Trouble Malaysia

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – an enormous ‘free-trade’ agreement between Malaysia, the United States, Australia and numerous other countries – is steadily marching towards ratification.  Billed as a catalyst of international trade and booster of economies, the multinational agreement is extremely controversial as it includes many laws that…

Wanted: Sustainable Finance in Malaysia

Wanted: Sustainable Finance in Malaysia

“Whether it is air pollution in China, haze in Singapore, or water scarcity in India, the evidence that environmental and social issues present growing risks to economic growth is mounting across Asia.” Thus begins the executive summary of a brand new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report singling out banks in…

Sharing a Ride to Sustainability

Sharing a Ride to Sustainability

Kuala Lumpur loses an estimated RM5.5billion ($1.3billion) in productivity every year due to traffic.  In fact, every one of Malaysia’s major cities has a nasty traffic problem, and together they create a big, ugly obstacle to sustainable development.  With bus lines backed up, public transportation expansions years away from completion and…

Malaysian Eco Film Festival nurtures a Blooming Sustainability Culture

Malaysian Eco Film Festival nurtures a Blooming Sustainability Culture

Seven years ago, a little film festival focused on environmental movies kicked off in Kuala Lumpur.  Now in its eighth successful year, the International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is the biggest and longest-running event of its kind in Malaysia.  Conceived and organized by environmental NGO EcoKnights, the festival…