Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Air pollution in Malaysia, or haze, as it’s more commonly known, has been a problem for many years.  Haze is a hazard to people and planet alike, and though it plagues much of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is one of the worst affected areas. Every few years Malaysia suffers a haze…

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

A one-stop online reference for assessing the potential for renewable energy in Malaysia is pointing sustainable prospectors in the direction of a bright green future. Malaysian innovation and technology firm SIRIM came up a few years ago with a fully interactive online map that keeps track of untapped renewable energy…

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Flying camera drones are being used to monitor palm oil plantation activity, fighting illegal land clearing and deforestation in Malaysia. In order to identify protected areas, single out especially rich environments and effectively keep tabs on what’s going on in the jungle, Malaysia’s forests must be surveyed from above. Drones…

Will 535 Unclaimed Malaysian Islands be Protected or Exploited?

Will 535 Unclaimed Malaysian Islands be Protected or Exploited?

The various state governments of Malaysia have been advised to stake more official claim to their country’s minor, outlying and uninhabited islands. The advisement comes from the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry. All told, there are 535 Malaysian islands that aren’t officially claimed. Coral reefs, rocky reefs, atolls…

Green Building in Malaysia Boosted by Swanky Sustainable Housing

Green Building in Malaysia Boosted by Swanky Sustainable Housing

The rapid rise of green building in Malaysia is being exemplified by two large sustainable housing projects near Kuala Lumpur – Green Beverly Hills and Diamond City Providing low-density housing and some commercial development, these projects-in-progress are a response to Malaysia’s generous green technology incentives and rising demand for sustainable…

Rejection by Norwegian Investment Firm calls Malaysian Palm Oil into Question

Rejection by Norwegian Investment Firm calls Malaysian Palm Oil into Question

The largest sovereign wealth fund in the world has just excluded two Malaysian conglomerates from its investment portfolio due to risks of “severe environmental damage.” Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) dropped the two companies, construction firm IJM Corporation Berhad and multi-industry conglomerate Genting Berhad, on August 18 over their…

Malaysia’s Protected Selangor State Park Threatened by Highway Plans

Malaysia’s Protected Selangor State Park Threatened by Highway Plans

  In a clear-cut case of industry over environment, plans for a highway that would cut through vital water catchments and raze protected forests that drain carbon pollution from already unhealthy air were approved by a regional council in the populous Malaysian state of Selangor on Thursday, August 20. Plans…

Green Building Index Encourages Sustainable Development

Green Building Index Encourages Sustainable Development

In response to increased demand for green building in Malaysia and a national desire to protect the environment, Malaysia has created the Green Building Index, a countrywide standard for sustainable construction. Compiled in 2008, the Green Building Index (GBI) helps developers, construction companies and investors focus in on the most…

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

A fuel subsidy program for the Malaysian fishing sector may encourage overfishing throughout the country, worries WWF-Malaysia’s Head of Conservation for Sabah, Bernard Tai. The sentiment was brought forward at a July seminar entitled “WWF-Malaysia Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah.” It was by-and-large a conversation about…

Ecotourism in Malaysia Actually Protecting the Environment

Ecotourism in Malaysia Actually Protecting the Environment

A volunteer-based tourism company called Ecoteer allows travellers to experience and protect nature simultaneously through restorative ecotourism in Malaysia. Ecotourism is one of the Malaysia’s biggest tourist attractions. Characterized by ancient rainforests, beautiful beaches and reefs, spectacular natural formations and unparalleled biodiversity, Malaysia is a hotspot for tourists seeking to…

The Rise of Green Building in Malaysia

The Rise of Green Building in Malaysia

Sustainable development in Malaysia has been a national focal point for decades. Ever since the forward-thinking Vision 2020 was drafted by Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in 1991, Malaysia’s governments, businesses and citizens have cherished the thought of the clean, green, fully-developed and unified nation it proposed. Through generous green…

How Malaysia is Becoming a Green Technology Hub

How Malaysia is Becoming a Green Technology Hub

The annual International GreenTech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) will be held in Kuala Lumpur this year, from September 9th to 12th, 2015. In light of the rapidly approaching event, we felt that this would be a good time to review some of Malaysia’s green technology initiatives;…

Malaysia Joins Controversial Mekong River Dam Builders

Malaysia Joins Controversial Mekong River Dam Builders

Mega First Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian conglomerate operating mainly in property development and power generation, is building a hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River. The proposed Don Sahong dam has been met with stiff opposition and would ruin countless human and animal lives if constructed, but plans for it and…

Top 10 Malaysian Business Hires People with Disabilities, Sees Profits Rise

Top 10 Malaysian Business Hires People with Disabilities, Sees Profits Rise

VADS, one of Malaysia’s ten biggest corporations, has launched and been profiting from a shining example of successful corporate social responsibility, or CSR, in Malaysia. VADS (which stands for Visual Arts Data Service), is an enormous Malaysian business providing outsourcing services to companies all over the globe. As part of…

Malaysia Solar Industry Booms, Boosting Sustainable Development

Malaysia Solar Industry Booms, Boosting Sustainable Development

Malaysia – which did not have a solar industry before 2007 – became the world’s fourth-largest producer of solar cells in 2014, topped only by China, Taiwan and Japan. Much of this growth is thanks to an influx of large international corporations who, thanks to Malaysia’s attractive green technology incentives…

Plug may be Pulled on Devastating Dam Projects

Plug may be Pulled on Devastating Dam Projects

A massively unpopular and environmentally devastating project involving the construction of 12 mega hydroelectric dams in Sarawak, Eastern Malaysia may not come to completion after all. Originally slated to produce 7,000 MW of electricity by 2020 – and flood over 2,000 square kilometers of ancient rainforest while displacing tens of…