Dozens of new Rangers ‘will be on Patrol’ in Sabah

Dozens of new Rangers ‘will be on Patrol’ in Sabah

Across Malaysia’s wildlife reserves and national parks rangers and officers are invariably undermanned and underfunded. Yet in the Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon this will change. Teams of 50 wildlife rangers, armed and alert, will be taking turns to hunt down poachers in the areas falling within the…

Thieves of Songbirds are now Jailbirds

Thieves of Songbirds are now Jailbirds

For many Indonesians, songbirds aren’t just pretty little things that gladden the heart with their joyful chirps. They are invaluable parts of their culture and very identity. Many of these hobbyists will go to great lengths to acquire prized birds. Those lengths include poaching rare songbirds relentlessly from forests. And…

Wild Elephants ‘can Inflict Harm on Plantations.’ So What to Do?

Wild Elephants ‘can Inflict Harm on Plantations.’ So What to Do?

Millions of ringgit in losses over an area of 30 hectares. That’s how much damage a herd of feeding elephants can inflict on a plantation, according to the Sabah Wildlife Department. In just a single night elephants can destroy six hectares of crops, the department’s head Augustine Tuuga explained. “Elephant…

Pollution kills 9 Million People Yearly

Pollution kills 9 Million People Yearly

HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis. These deadly diseases continue to take horrible tolls on the lives of millions of people, especially in developing countries. Yet the combined death toll from these three diseases pales in comparison with the death toll caused by pollution. So say researchers who have published a study in…

Brigitte Bardot: Free Lasah

Brigitte Bardot: Free Lasah

Recently some two dozens protesters gathered at Malaysia’s consulate in New York. They were holding signs and calling on tourists to boycott the country. The reason: Lasah, an ageing work elephant, remains in bondage at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah. The 37-year-old pachyderm was born…

‘Protect Sharks Better’ in Sarawak

‘Protect Sharks Better’ in Sarawak

The juvenile zebra shark was recently on sale at a market stall in Miri, Sarawak. When Iqbal Abdollah, chairman of the local branch of the Malaysian Nature Society, saw it, he instantly knew there was a problem. This species is listed as “endangered” on the IUCN’s Red List. Therefore, it should…

Corrupt Forestry officials Aid and Abet illegal Logging

Corrupt Forestry officials Aid and Abet illegal Logging

Forestry officials are our eyes in forests. They are tasked with keeping an eye on logging to ensure that no illegal activity takes places in the country’s much-depleted forests. But what happens when the eyes of these officials are willfully blind to such logging? What happens is this: loggers can…

Sabah’s Leopards are in Trouble

Sabah’s Leopards are in Trouble

Clouded leopards are elusive creatures that hunt at night and spend most of their time away from prying eyes within dense forests. Thus, estimating their numbers in places like Sabah’s forests is a challenging undertaking. Yet a team of scientists led by researchers at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)…

WWF: Loggers in Sarawak should Adopt sustainable Ways

WWF: Loggers in Sarawak should Adopt sustainable Ways

Deforestation continues apace in Sarawak, and much of that deforestation is illegal, or at the very least suspect. Sarawak needs to ensure that no forest is cleared illegally and that all trees that are cut down are done so in a sustainable manner. With this in mind, the prominent conservationist…

Sabah and Sarawak are taking Steps to better Protect their Wildlife

Sabah and Sarawak are taking Steps to better Protect their Wildlife

When it comes to protecting Malaysia’s world-famous wildlife, it often feels like the proverbial “one step forward, two steps back.” Officials in Sabah, for instance, report making progress in their ongoing clampdown on the sale of so-called bushmeat in Sabah. One step forward. But then comes news that there has…

An Indonesian Flying Squad saves wild Elephants from Harm

An Indonesian Flying Squad saves wild Elephants from Harm

When wild elephants begin trampling around plantations in search of food, they may unwittingly place themselves at risk. Irate farmers may take their anger out on the gentle giants by shooting or poisoning them. That is why officials and conservationists have to ask fast whenever elephants show up at plantations….

Air Pollution harms Children’s Memory

Air Pollution harms Children’s Memory

Air pollution is bad. We all know that. Yet what you may not know is just how bad it can be when it comes to our health. As we have explained here on Clean Malaysia repeatedly, prolonged exposure to air pollution can lead to several debilitating medical conditions from preterm…

Fishermen in Penang protest Coastal Reclamation Projects

Fishermen in Penang protest Coastal Reclamation Projects

If there is a constant about Penang’s environmental woes, it’s this: land reclamations on the island continue to threaten its environment. At its core, it’s a clear-cut matter: developers on the island want to develop, but space is at a premium because there is only a very limited supply of…

Much of Wildlife suffers Even in Canada

Much of Wildlife suffers Even in Canada

Canada. Mention the country’s name, and many people can’t help but instantly picture vast stretches of unspoiled natural bounty with scenic mountains and meadows teeming with wildlife. That’s hardly a surprise. Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia, with a whopping 9.984 square kilometers of land…

Johor wants Better Laws on Water Pollution

Johor wants Better Laws on Water Pollution

A problem with water pollution is this: those who actively engage in polluting Malaysia’s water sources can routinely do so with impunity. Why? Because environmental laws are wanting and rarely enforced vigorously enough. If the government in Johor has its way, however, this will change not just in the Malaysian…

Foreign Poachers are on the Loose in Sabah

Foreign Poachers are on the Loose in Sabah

Two pygmy elephants and a hundred sea turtles. These are just the latest victims of poachers in Sabah. Conservationists and government officials are duly outraged at the continuing slaughter of the state’s endangered wildlife. “The recent discovery of hundreds of turtle bone fragments and turtle carcasses floating in the sea…