Sarawak Forest Parks get a Facelift

Sarawak Forest Parks get a Facelift

Facilities and amenities at national parks in the Malaysian state of Sarawak are about to get an upgrade.  The move continues a statewide push to attract more tourism in 2016, and will highlight the region’s natural beauty for visitors from around the world. The Malaysian state of Sarawak has long been…

Bauxite in Malaysia | It’s in the Water

Bauxite in Malaysia | It’s in the Water

It appears that some of Malaysian resident’s worst fears concerning the irresponsible bauxite mining sweeping parts of their country may have come true – traces of known bauxite contaminants have been discovered in treated water. A December analysis of treated water in and around bauxite mining hotspot Kuantan revealed the…

Bauxite in Malaysia | Monsoons could mean Mayhem

Bauxite in Malaysia | Monsoons could mean Mayhem

As the monsoon season approaches in Malaysia, a wave of anxiety larger than normal is washing over areas of Pahang used for bauxite mining.  Flooding is normally a big problem for the port city of Kuantan, but the many open-pit bauxite mines dug this year threaten to unleash torrents of…

Bauxite Mining already Tainting Malaysia’s Water Supply?

Bauxite Mining already Tainting Malaysia’s Water Supply?

Bauxite mining in Malaysia – and the heavy metal contamination it sews across land, air and water – is coming under increasing scrutiny as its industrial activity causes more and more public and environmental health problems. The latest in a series of worries including cancer risks, economic upset, groundwater corruption…

Malaysian Hotel Chain Legitimizes Orangutan Abuse

Malaysian Hotel Chain Legitimizes Orangutan Abuse

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Sabah is under the spotlight for its exploitation of orphan orangutans for financial gain under the facade of rehabilitation. The Rasa Ria Resort has been fed a continuous supply of orphan orangutans for almost 20 years.  They are used as a sort of…

Malaysia’s First Environmental Magazine

Malaysia’s First Environmental Magazine

Malaysia’s first-ever environmental magazine is here (has been for a few years) – and it’s available for free, around the world. EcoMalaysia is an online magazine focused on all things green in Malaysia. Wildlife conservation, Eco Education, sustainable shopping, environmental NGOs, Eco Transport – all these topics and more are…

Request for Ban on Bauxite Mining Highlights Malaysia’s Latest Addiction

Request for Ban on Bauxite Mining Highlights Malaysia’s Latest Addiction

The debate surrounding Malaysia’s bauxite mining industry is nearing a fever pitch.  National bauxite exports have exploded from around 100,000 tons in 2013 to over 2.5 million last year to what could be more than 20 million for 2015.  Legal and illegal mining operations have sprung up everywhere, spreading carcinogenic…

A Potential Export Ban on Bauxite in Malaysia

A Potential Export Ban on Bauxite in Malaysia

After months of suffering from intense industrial pollution, the residents of Pahang – Malaysia’s unofficial bauxite mining capital – could be looking at some relief.  The Malaysian Federal Government agreed on November 16 to suggest a temporary suspension of bauxite exports from Pahang. In order to carry on with the…

A New Weapon in the Fight against Dengue Fever

A New Weapon in the Fight against Dengue Fever

The symptoms range from mild to incapacitating high fever, severe headache, rash, and muscle and joint pain that give the affliction its nickname of “break-bone fever.”  There is no vaccine to make one immune to it, no medications to treat it once it’s contracted, and cases in Malaysia have been…

Malaysian Pulp Giant makes Sustainability Guidelines; Breaks Them

Malaysian Pulp Giant makes Sustainability Guidelines; Breaks Them

Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) introduced a new sustainability policy in June.  The updated policy was greeted with guarded skepticism by environmental NGOs including Greenpeace, and it seems their doubt may have been well-founded. APRIL’s new policy stated that they had stopped all…

Malaysian Installer Offers Community Free Solar PV System

Malaysian Installer Offers Community Free Solar PV System

In a display of well-planned corporate social responsibility, Malaysian sustainable construction firm Green Eco Builder has offered a free solar power setup to a community building. Applications closed in mid-August for a clever corporate social responsibility initiative in which a large solar panel system will be installed for free atop…

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

A new addition to Kuala Lumpur’s host of luxury residential developments is being planned.  Like others, it comes complete with amenities like a 50-yard lap pool, 100 retail shops, a garden lounge, penthouse and other recreational facilities.  Unlike the rest, the project has been designed from the very beginning with…

Borneo’s Massive Ecological Experiment

Borneo’s Massive Ecological Experiment

One of the largest ecological experiments in recorded history is being conducted in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.  It has to do with three hot-button issues – palm oil, deforestation, and biodiversity – and it hopes to find a way to point them all in the direction of sustainability. Launched in 2010,…

Deforestation in Malayisa Releases Fast-Acting Malaria Parasite

Deforestation in Malayisa Releases Fast-Acting Malaria Parasite

A dangerous and potentially deadly monkey-borne parasite has reared its head in Malaysia.  Once rarely seen in humans, it is now responsible for more than two-thirds of hospitalized malaria patients in Malaysian Borneo.  The cause?  Deforestation in Malaysia. Plasmodium knowlesi is a Southeast Asian malaria parasite that, in a healthy…

Factory Extension a Stunning Example of Sustainable Construction

Factory Extension a Stunning Example of Sustainable Construction

Reflective panels that capture the sun’s light, a roof that gets watered, and a central tower shaded by swathes of creeping ivy characterize a recent extension to the JST Malaysia factory in Johor.  The project aims to use the power of rainwater, sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and vegetation to minimize…