A Baby Elephant is Killed on a Highway in Perak

Malaysia’s beleaguered wild elephants face a variety of daily dangers. They may be poached for their body parts. They may be poisoned by smallholders and plantation owners to keep them off their properties. And they may be killed in road accidents. A young elephant calf has just suffered that fate…

Let’s Stop Littering Once and for All

Malaysians are notorious litterbugs. Not all of them, to be sure, but enough of them to have made the country’s roads and streets into trash-strewn eyesores. Beaches, parks, forest trails and mountain passes have not escaped the blight of habitual littering, either. The question is why? The answer: bad habits…

Trash taxis? Now there’s an Idea!

Walk along many a street in Malaysia, and you’ll pass mounds of uncollected garbage. Waste disposal services remain rather wanting around the nation. But it’s not always that the municipal garbage collectors have fallen behind with their jobs. Malaysians have a propensity for littering and dumping trash almost at random….

Where Tigers are on the Menu

Tiger farms are horrible places. That we have long known. What we have not known is just how horrible some of them are: they operate as little more than meat factories where the predators are cooped up in small cages where visitors can gawk at the majestic creatures before the…

‘Super’ Corals might Save dying Reefs

The increasingly frequent mass bleaching of corals, driven by climate change, has placed the very existence of numerous reefs at risk from Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean. And as water temperatures continue to rise and ocean water continues to acidify owing to global warming, there’s little cause…

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…

Seeking to Replant Borneo’s lost Trees

Malaysia, sad to say, is better known for cutting down trees wholesale than for planting them. That, however, might change. Encouragingly, several tree-planting initiatives have been taking root across the country from  Shah Alam to Sarawak. In Borneo, members of the Malaysian Red Crescent have recently pledged to plant 100,000…

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…