Can Adenan Save Sarawak’s Forests? Will He?

Can Adenan Save Sarawak’s Forests? Will He?

Since he came into office two years ago Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has made all the right moves and noises about conservationism. He has decried the “desecration” of Borneo’s extraordinary biodiversity; promised decisive action against illegal loggers; and recently scrapped plans for a controversial new dam on the Baram…

Najib: Malaysia’s on Course to Reduce its CO2 Emissions

Najib: Malaysia’s on Course to Reduce its CO2 Emissions

Malaysia is on course to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions significantly in its bid to help tackle the global threat of climate change. The country seeks to reduce those emissions by 40% overall by 2020 and has already succeeded in reaching the 33% mark. That’s according to Prime Minister Najib…

Indigenous People Score an Epic Win: the Baram Dam has been Scrapped

Indigenous People Score an Epic Win: the Baram Dam has been Scrapped

Chalk a victory up to grassroots activism. And a giant victory at that. Sarawak’s government has officially backed down from its plan to build a hydroelectric dam on the Baram river, following fierce opposition to it from local indigenous communities. Local villagers had been fighting tooth and nail against the proposed dam…

Environmental Protection is both a Collective and Individual Duty

Environmental Protection is both a Collective and Individual Duty

Many Malaysians feel strongly about the wellbeing of their country’s natural environment. They take great pride in the stunning diversity of Malaysia’s world-renowned exotic wildlife; they keep up to date about environmental issues; and they wax rightfully indignant about blatant cases of poaching, illegal logging and environmental pollution. The question,…

The fate of Malaysia’s Wildlife ‘is in Your Hands’

The fate of Malaysia’s Wildlife ‘is in Your Hands’

Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has been in the news lately and for all the right reasons. He’s warned Malaysians of the climatic threat facing the nation’s scenic coral reefs and has issued a call on citizens to better protect their nation’s endangered species by refusing to engage in any…

Environment Minister Calls on Citizens to Protect Endangered Species

Environment Minister Calls on Citizens to Protect Endangered Species

Wildlife crimes in Malaysia are daily occurrences. Rather, make that thrice daily occurrences. According to official figures, a total of 4,040 such crimes were recorded in a four-year period between 2011 and 2015, amounting to at least three wildlife crimes on average every single day. And that is, of course,…

Seeking to Stop Corrupt Politicos Monkeying Around

Seeking to Stop Corrupt Politicos Monkeying Around

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), a leading Malaysian think-tank, wants to catch monkeys. No, not those arboreal acrobats that enliven the canopies of the country’s forests. They ought to be left to their own natural ways, thank you very much. Rather, the think-tank would like to see…

Muftis in Perlis Issue a Fatwa against Pollution

Muftis in Perlis Issue a Fatwa against Pollution

First came a fatwa by Islamic authorities against the poaching of protected species in Terengganu. Now comes another equally welcome religious edict issued by the Perlis Fatwa Committee: a ruling against polluting the environment. Through that fatwa, the committee has made it “haram,” or forbidden, for Muslims to pollute Malaysia’s…

Putrajaya Revises National Policy on Biodiversity. Fingers Crossed?

Putrajaya Revises National Policy on Biodiversity. Fingers Crossed?

Seventeen. That’s the number of targets that the Malaysian government’s revised National Policy on Biological Diversity contains for the coming decade. Among the new targets: conserving a fifth of terrestrial areas and inland waters as well as a tenth of coastal and marine areas by 2025. The government also promises…

Anti-Graft Watchdog Seeks a Probe into Bauxite Fiasco

Anti-Graft Watchdog Seeks a Probe into Bauxite Fiasco

A lesson from the recent bauxite mining fiasco in Pahang, which has inflicted massive damage on the local environment, has been this: local politicians and authorities cannot be trusted to have nature’s and local people’s best interests in mind. They are supposed to be in charge, and yet when push…