Malaysia’s ‘Shark Problem’ isn’t What you Think

Malaysia’s ‘Shark Problem’ isn’t What you Think

by SL Wong Committee Member, MNS Selangor Branch Marine SIG Question: Why did the shark cross the road? Answer: To get to the other tide! Now if only people made jokes (even bad ones) about sharks rather than be scared of them. Sharks’ bad reputation certainly doesn’t help them when…

Malaysia could Learn from China’s Environmental Woes

Malaysia could Learn from China’s Environmental Woes

A welcome departure from the Malaysian habit of favoring short-term economic growth over environmental responsibility and long-term sustainability has come – quite surprisingly – from the government. A Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department by the name of Datuk Mah Siew Keong recently took a trip to China. He…

Big Bauxite Deal Underlines Need for Mining Regulation in Malaysia

Big Bauxite Deal Underlines Need for Mining Regulation in Malaysia

In the past year, Malaysia has emerged as one of the world’s leading producers of bauxite, the raw ore used to create aluminum.  The discovery and feverish exploitation of bauxite in Malaysia (a reaction to Indonesia’s drop-out as a supplier to bauxite-hungry China) has been a boon to the nation’s…

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…