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…

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…

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…

Why the Elusive Bike Commute in Malaysia should Become More Commonplace

Why the Elusive Bike Commute in Malaysia should Become More Commonplace

In a Malaysia swamped in traffic, tangled with highways and choking on exhaust fumes, one would think any alternative to driving would be embraced.  Frustrating hours spent in gridlock, transportation infrastructure stretched well beyond its capacity and the world’s second-highest car prices call for something cheap, sustainable and that utilizes…

The Promising Plight of Environmental Students in Malaysia

The Promising Plight of Environmental Students in Malaysia

The following story has been drawn from the experience of Xiwen Wendy, an environmental student at University Putra Malaysia.  Wendy explores Malaysia’s outlook on Environmental Sciences, a discipline whose graduates could help stabilize their country’s environment and economy, but a subject that is undervalued and often misunderstood. Wendy writes: Looking…

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Malaysia and China have entered discussion about partnering to produce a car especially for Southeast Asia.  Referred to as the ASEAN car, it would be produced within the region and lower the currently prohibitive cost of automobile purchase for nearby countries. Being the second most expensive place in the world to…

1MDB Now Under Investigation by Six Countries

1MDB Now Under Investigation by Six Countries

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is at the center of a scandal involving what could be billions of dollars, and the case has blown up into a multinational episode of epic proportion. The case of Najib’s allegedly smuggling well over $700 million of government money into his personal accounts through…

Four Baby Orangutans Give Hope to Wildlife Protection in Malaysia

Four Baby Orangutans Give Hope to Wildlife Protection in Malaysia

For the first time ever, four baby orangutans were born in close succession at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.  The achievement is a proud one for the orangutan conservation effort, but these four baby orangutans give hope to more than their species. Baby orangutans Spike, Camelia, Daniel…

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…

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…

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…