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…

How Much Rests on the Survival of Malaysia’s Largest Seagrass Bed?

How Much Rests on the Survival of Malaysia’s Largest Seagrass Bed?

What happens when the largest seagrass bed in Malaysia disappears due marine pollution and coastal development?  We may soon find out, and the answer won’t be a welcome one. Just off the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, sandwiched between Malaysia and Singapore, sits the uninhabited island of Pulau Merambong.  It’s…

Burning Down the House: Indonesian Fires and their Toll on Development

Burning Down the House: Indonesian Fires and their Toll on Development

Years of illegal forest burning in Indonesia have created a haze epidemic that’s become a serious problem for more than breathability.  The issue has taken a massive toll on development in much of Southeast Asia. Between school closures, respiratory health issues, environmental destruction and money spent on disaster mitigation, these…

The Rice of Sustainable Agriculture

The Rice of Sustainable Agriculture

A strain of rice that produces higher yields with less fertilizer will help Malaysian farmers provide food security and sustainability for their country in a single stroke. Rice is the most common grain for both production and consumption in Malaysia.  It generates important revenues for Malaysia from exports and has…

El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

A recent analysis of dry El Nino weather patterns suggests that they could persist even longer than usual this year – into rice planting seasons for Malaysia. The threat of El Nino on rice farming still looms in Malaysia’s future, but its effects are being felt now in the US. …

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Malaysia was singled out for its innovative achievements upon the release of this year’s Global Innovation Index rankings earlier this month.  The honorable mention speaks to Malaysia’s social and economic growth, but leaves something to be explained considering the country’s troubled state. A worldwide rating system for innovation, the Global…

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

There’s a storm of controversy surrounding Malaysia’s recent rise as a major bauxite producer.  Bauxite mining has become a very profitable industry for the struggling country, but the pollution it creates is poisoning Malaysian citizens and ecosystems. About RM750 million (US$170.6 mil) has so far been generated from bauxite mining…