A Man in Sarawak does the Right Thing and Turns in a Protected Animal

A Man in Sarawak does the Right Thing and Turns in a Protected Animal

Oftentimes it may seem like that all is gloom and doom about the environment. Poachers and traffickers remain unrelenting and many Malaysians seem oblivious of the threats facing the country’s endangered animals. Yet now and again citizens around the country do decide to do the right thing. A recent case…

Another Elephant Dies on the East-West Highway. For Shame

Another Elephant Dies on the East-West Highway. For Shame

Another day, another dead elephant. And to make matters worse, this latest casualty, too, has died under similar circumstances on the same road. Soon after a baby elephant died after being hit by a vehicle near Gerik in June, a grown bull elephant has now also perished after being hit…

Air Pollution is “Worse than You Think’

Air Pollution is “Worse than You Think’

We all know that burning sensation: acrid smog stings the eyes and irritates the throat. During the periodic haze from burning forests in Sumatra that envelopes much of Malaysia for days and weeks at a time, millions of Malaysians are exposed to massive amounts of harmful air-borne pollutants. Yet not…

‘Teach children’ to Love Animals

‘Teach children’ to Love Animals

Malaysians need to reevaluate their views of animals. Animals aren’t unfeeling and unthinking brutes as many people may take them to be. Rather, they’re sentient beings and ought to be treated as such. “Many humans today have yet to reach what we call ‘civilised thinking’ level when it comes to…

Dogs in India turn Blue … from Water Pollution

Dogs in India turn Blue … from Water Pollution

We’ve all seen blue dogs. We’ve seen them in cartoons and children’s books. Yet in Mumbai some residents were recently surprised to see real-life blue dogs walk the streets. In an industrial area of the Indian metropolis several stray dogs recently took on distinct bright blue hues. While the canines’ new…

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…

Two Dugongs make a Rare Appearance

Two Dugongs make a Rare Appearance

Dugongs are among Malaysia’s rarest animals. Yet now and again people get a chance to take a gander at them. Unfortunately, however, when that happens it may well mean that the elusive and shy creatures may be in trouble. And so it has proved with two dugongs that were sighted…

A Lucky Break for Turtles in Pahang

A Lucky Break for Turtles in Pahang

Officers on a marine police boat spotted two pump boats at dawn heading into an estuary of Sungai Batu Putih in Pahang from the direction of the sea. They decided to investigate. When the boatmen tried to flee, they gave chase and tailed the boats into a nearby mangrove swamp….

Shut ‘all Illegal Factories’ in Penang

Shut ‘all Illegal Factories’ in Penang

Scores of factories may be operating illegally on the island of Penang. That’s bad enough. What’s worse is that some of those factories may have been causing considerable harm to the environment. A case in point is a carbon filter-processing factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu, where it has reportedly been operating…

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

Malaysia has been losing much of its peatlands and their ongoing loss bodes ill for the country’s environment. Peat swamps are home to a great deal of biodiversity with a fascinating kaleidoscope of species. They also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. In fact, peat swamps in Malaysia may store…

Environmentalists: Put ECRL on Hold

Environmentalists: Put ECRL on Hold

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will connect Port Klang on the east coast with Kuantan Port on the west coast before winding its way north along the coast all the way to Kota Baru in the north. The RM55 billion project will be a boon to travelers and commuters…

A Wild Elephant is Shot dead in Sabah

A Wild Elephant is Shot dead in Sabah

The female pygmy elephant was found dead on a plantation just outside a forest reserve in the Kinabatangan area of Sabah. The adult jumbo, which was around 10 years old, was riddled with wounds from shotgun pellets. She might have taken days to die of her wounds in great agony….

Spoiling our Pet Cats and Dogs Rotten can Harm the Climate

Spoiling our Pet Cats and Dogs Rotten can Harm the Climate

For many of us, pets are invaluable parts of our lives. Cats and dogs and other beloved animals are members of our families and we treat them accordingly by lavishing attention on them. That’s great, of course. But there’s a drawback. By spoiling our animal companions too much, we risk…

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…

Experts: Malaysia isn’t well Prepared for Extreme Weather Events

Experts: Malaysia isn’t well Prepared for Extreme Weather Events

Summer floods in neighboring Thailand have been especially bad this year. The deluge, triggered by heavy seasonal rains, has killed at least 23 people in the country’s north and eastern regions. Flash floods have caused damage in excess of $300 million (RM1.3 billion) and affected rice farming over 1,554 square…