In Praise of Malaysia’s Sun Bears

In Praise of Malaysia’s Sun Bears

Shambling gait? Tick. Mischievous personality? Tick. Boundless energy? Tick. Malayan sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) are among Malaysia’s most endearing creatures. So named for the reddish crescent-shaped marking on their chest, sun bears occupy much of mainland Southeast Asia, including Sumatra and Borneo. Yet we are seeing less and less of…

Africa’s Tragedy is Malaysia’s Tragedy

Africa’s Tragedy is Malaysia’s Tragedy

It’s not that there were any more proof needed that much of Africa’s wildlife is being decimated at appalling rates, but it has been provided again nonetheless. That evidence came in the form of 23 elephant tusks and 300kg of pangolin scales. They belong to the latest shipments of illicit…

Let’s Make Ecotourism Work

Beautiful beaches. World-class diving spots. Scenic forests. Picturesque landscapes. Misty mountaintops. Fantastic biodiversity. Malaysia is a land of unsurpassed natural beauty with unique treasures. Not surprisingly, tourists from around the world keep flocking to the country. Last year alone nearly 27 million visitors came, generating MR82 billion in tourism income….

Sabah’s Bushmeat trade now also Caters to Foreign Tourists. For Shame

Sabah’s Bushmeat trade now also Caters to Foreign Tourists. For Shame

If you thought Sabah’s infamous bushmeat culture couldn’t get any worse, think again. The Bornean state, famed for its renowned biodiversity, has long been a hotspot of “exotic” dishes made from the meat of endangered wild animals. The practice is against the law, but there’s been a thriving well-documented black…

Let Hong Kong’s Trash Woes be a Warning

Let Hong Kong’s Trash Woes be a Warning

If you want a cautionary example of wasteful human activities run amok, look no further than Hong Kong. It’s not that residents of the Chinese territory are more wasteful than others in the developed world; rather, it’s that they have run out of space to store their trash. One of…

We must Wean ourselves off Palm Oil

We must Wean ourselves off Palm Oil

Whether we like it or not, palm oil production accounts for a major part of Malaysia’s economy. On the one hand, the industry has generated plenty of income for the country’s economy and created plenty of jobs as well, although most of those jobs are low-skilled and badly paid ones….

Heading off on some Jungle Adventures

Heading off on some Jungle Adventures

First, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, an award-winning wildlife photographer and television presenter, introduced us to the heroic men and women who are helping save Sabah’s endangered wildlife. He did so in a series of short online documentariesJoin called “Borneo Wildlife Warriors” with stunning camerawork and revealing interviews. Now the intrepid conservationist has…

Throw the Book at Miners Breaking the Bauxite Ban in Kuantan

Throw the Book at Miners Breaking the Bauxite Ban in Kuantan

Since January last year all mining of bauxite in Pahang has been banned. So how come bauxite exports from the state have increased significantly? Yet increased they have, according to data on bauxite imports from China, which is the final destination of all the bauxite mined in Malaysia. And it…

Setting the Record Straight: Penang’s Green Council Responds

Setting the Record Straight: Penang’s Green Council Responds

Ask environmentalists and opposition politicians in Penang, and the island state’s environment is in a parlous state and under constant threat from development. Ask local government officials, however, and Penang is a paragon of environmental protection in Malaysia. To wit: Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, vice-president of the Malaysian People’s Movement…

Let us Report Wildlife Crimes

Let us Report Wildlife Crimes

If you participate in wildlife crimes, directly or indirectly, you should stop. If you do stop, you will be let off lightly. If you continue breaking wildlife laws, however, you risk getting nabbed and possibly slapped with a severe penalty. That’s the message that Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, director-general of…

Perak’s About-Face on Plastic Ban is a Shame

Perak’s About-Face on Plastic Ban is a Shame

Malaysians are among the world’s biggest per-capita producers of plastic waste. The country’s residents generate some 4,000 metric tons of plastic waste every single day, according to a waste management specialist. Much of that waste ends up clogging steams and rivers, as well as befouling streets and landscapes around the…

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

To her keepers, Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was a precious animal beloved for her gentle nature. To animal lovers across the country and farther afield, she was no less precious: she was one of her species’ very last Mohicans in Malaysia. Her loss has dealt a…

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

If you ask Malaysian authorities, Lasah the elephant is well fed, well kept and well and truly happy at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah, where he has been kept for years for the amusement of visitors. Recently, government-appointed wildlife officials and animal experts tasked with investigating…

Let’s get Young Malaysians to Care more about the Environment

Let’s get Young Malaysians to Care more about the Environment

In increasingly prosperous countries like Malaysia, people have been flocking to urban areas where they seek higher standards of living. In tandem, formerly rural towns are too becoming increasingly urbanized. Is that a good thing? That depends on how you look at it. Many young people in urban areas around the country…