Blockade on Potentially Disastrous Baram Dam May be Lifted

Blockade on Potentially Disastrous Baram Dam May be Lifted

Mass flooding, environmental devastation and the displacement of countless indigenous people have characterized a hydroelectric dam campaign ramming its way through public opposition in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.  Construction of the Baram dam (the most recent of 12 proposed dams) has begun, but locals – having seen thousands of…

Kota Kinabalu Makes Headlines for More than its Majesty

Kota Kinabalu Makes Headlines for More than its Majesty

The jagged peaks of Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu are the stuff of legends.  Iconic to its surrounding state of Sabah, the mountain is especially revered by the Kadazan Dusun people who live nearby.  Their ancestors believe that Kinabalu rises to the heavens, making it the final resting place for those who…

Waste Management in Malaysia: In the Dumps

Waste Management in Malaysia: In the Dumps

Malaysians produce an average of 30,000 tons of waste every day.  Only 5 percent of it is recycled. These two statistics were recently revealed by the national Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, and they’re causing enormous problems for Malaysia.   The country’s buildup of solid waste is resulting…

Malaysian Chairman Misleads Public about Dangerous Bauxite Pollution

Malaysian Chairman Misleads Public about Dangerous Bauxite Pollution

Illegal bauxite mining in Malaysia has been causing an uproar of late, as the unregulated practices and resulting pollution pose dire risks to human, animal and environmental health.  The bauxite-rich state of Pahang has been hit particularly hard by mining pollution, but the state’s Environment Department (DoE) is misleading the…

Mandatory Recycling hits Malaysia

Mandatory Recycling hits Malaysia

As of September first, residents of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah are required to separate their waste to facilitate recycling and improve waste management in Malaysia. “The implementation of this new rule is part of the government’s effort to reduce the amount of solid…

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…

Malaysian Government Uses Social Media to Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Malaysian Government Uses Social Media to Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Four men were recently arrested – and the two juvenile Orangutans they were trying to sell were saved – thanks to a social media program the Malaysian Government is using to ambush wildlife traders. Code-named Ops Taring III, the social media crackdown is showing promise. In March, seven other wildlife traffickers were caught. They…

Comprehensive New Protections Announced for Orangutans in Malaysia

Comprehensive New Protections Announced for Orangutans in Malaysia

Chief Minister of Malaysian state Sarawak, Adenan Bin Satem, recently announced detailed plans to protect critically endangered orangutans and other wildlife under his jurisdiction. Video of Chief Minister announcing protections. Sarawak, Eastern Malaysia has been the scene of great environmental destruction for many years. Considered one of the 12 most…

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…

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;…

UNESCO Malaysia Day Highlights Developmental Objectives

UNESCO Malaysia Day Highlights Developmental Objectives

This year’s annual Malaysia UNESCO day was recently held in Dataran Merdeka, an iconic square in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The theme was “Togetherness,” and the celebration was in part a reminder of all Unesco’s efforts in Malaysia. Malaysia UNESCO day, more commonly known as Hari Unesco Malaysia, became…

Malaysia Cracks Down on Illegal Poaching and Environmental Offenses

Malaysia Cracks Down on Illegal Poaching and Environmental Offenses

In a recent workshop entitled ‘Environmental Protection in Sarawak – The Way Forward,” Malaysian Chief Judge Richard Malajum urged the public to act more considerately towards the environment, and explained that the purpose of this and following workshops would be to crack down on environmental offenses. The workshop followed a…

Malaysia Rolls Out Big Tax Incentives for Green Technology

Malaysia Rolls Out Big Tax Incentives for Green Technology

Malaysia’s government is strongly backing nationwide growth and development of green technology by proposing generous tax incentives surrounding that business sector. Malaysia’s 2014 budget introduced two big incentives for investments and expenditures in green technology. The first is a green investment tax allowance (GITA) of up to 100 percent on…

Malaysian Government Blocks UK Environmental Site over Corruption News

Malaysian Government Blocks UK Environmental Site over Corruption News

Malaysia has blocked all access to Sarawak Report, a UK activism news portal reporting on deforestation and corruption in Malaysia. The comprehensive Internet ban came shortly after Sarawak Report produced a series of articles detailing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s alleged embezzlement of US$700m. The Report’s coverage detailed an investigation…

Democratic Activists Plan Mass Protest against Government Corruption

Democratic Activists Plan Mass Protest against Government Corruption

  The movement for Democracy in Malaysia, called Bersih, has planned a major protest against the allegedly corrupt and decidedly struggling Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his administration. Called Bersih 4.0, the protest is planned for August 29-30 and arises amidst allegations that Najib smuggled some US$700m into his…

Malaysian State Revokes Bauxite Mining Licenses to Curb Pollution

Malaysian State Revokes Bauxite Mining Licenses to Curb Pollution

In reaction to rising concern over pollution caused by illegal Bauxite mining in Malaysia, the state of Pahang recently revoked the mineral ore licenses of 34 contractors. Home to 1.5 million people, Pahang is a highly populous area that is also rich in Bauxite. The heavy metal is extracted in…