More Sharks will be Protected in Sabah

As elsewhere, so in Sabah too, sharks are increasingly beleaguered, threatened as they are by overfishing and environmental factors. Yet four species of shark will soon enjoy greater protection in the state’s waters. The great hammerhead shark, the smooth hammerhead shark, the winghead shark and the oceanic whitetip shark will…

We must Wean ourselves off Palm Oil

Whether we like it or not, palm oil production accounts for a major part of Malaysia’s economy. On the one hand, the industry has generated plenty of income for the country’s economy and created plenty of jobs as well, although most of those jobs are low-skilled and badly paid ones….

Going all Biodegradable in Sabah

Sabah is known for a number of things: its world-renowned biodiversity, its stunningly beautiful landscapes, its diving havens of marine beauty … and its rampant plastic waste. Despite frequent educational campaigns, locals continue littering with wanton abandon. Most of these campaigns, well-intentioned as they have been, have failed to make…

We ‘Need to Protect’ Sabah’s Forests

The natural environment isn’t something “out there”; rather, it’s an integral part of who we are as a species and as a people. That’s why we must stop destroying forests. By protecting natural habitats for other species, we ultimately protect ourselves. This is the gist of an inspiring speech that…

Heading off on some Jungle Adventures

First, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, an award-winning wildlife photographer and television presenter, introduced us to the heroic men and women who are helping save Sabah’s endangered wildlife. He did so in a series of short online documentariesJoin called “Borneo Wildlife Warriors” with stunning camerawork and revealing interviews. Now the intrepid conservationist has…

Food Waste has reached Stunning Proportions in Penang

People in Malaysia waste lots of food. Nothing new about that, of course. At Clean Malaysia we’ve long been issuing warnings and reminders about the wasteful habits of citizens across the country. But here comes another reminder of just how wasteful many Malaysians are when it comes to their food….

Three Turtle Smugglers are Caught

Three more down, plenty more to go. Two Thais and a Malaysian man have been arrested for trying to smuggle eight rare sulcata tortoises, also known as African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys sulcata), through Malaysia’s border with Thailand. The trio of smugglers, who were between 24 and 28, tried to cross…

A vast Haul of Ivory from Malaysia is Seized in Hong Kong

Just when we’ve thought that Malaysian officials have managed to successfully roll back international ivory-smuggling syndicates using the country as a transit point, here comes a reminder that ivory smugglers remain relentless and continue to use the country for their nefarious activities. To wit: customs officials in Hong Kong discovered…

We have Three Years to save the Planet

Three years. That’s how much time we have left to save the planet. Unless we permanently lower our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, we may well reach a threshold on climate change beyond which we will be able to do little to save ourselves and the planet from irreversible harm….

Indonesian Store sells Python Meat

Many people want wild animals as exotic pets. Other people like to eat them. And some people’s penchant for exotic “meat” is so great that they will go to great lengths and expenses just to obtain the meat of rare and endangered animals. What’s worse is that some otherwise reputable…

Setting out to Save Sabah’s Clouded Leopards

In order to save endangered animals across Malaysia, we need action. And in order for that action to work, it needs to be planned comprehensively. That’s why it’s a welcome development that a group of scientists, conservationists and officials came together in Sabah to work out a new action plan for…