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. …

How Long a Shadow will the 1MDB Scandal Cast on Malaysia’s Economy?

How Long a Shadow will the 1MDB Scandal Cast on Malaysia’s Economy?

By now, most of the world knows about the scandal gripping Malaysia’s government.  If you’re new to the issue, the nutshell version is that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been accused of funneling some $700 million into his personal accounts through a “strategic development fund” called 1MDB that is…

US-ASEAN Summit 2015: Will Obama call Malaysia to Task on Environment?

US-ASEAN Summit 2015: Will Obama call Malaysia to Task on Environment?

– Originally published on International Policy Digest by Clean Malaysia’s Editor in Chief Brandon Taylor – President Barack Obama has just packed his bags and embarked on a trip to Kuala Lumpur.  The reason for the trip is the third US-ASEAN Summit, and the meeting will have important implications for the environment…

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…