Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

If you ask Malaysian authorities, Lasah the elephant is well fed, well kept and well and truly happy at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah, where he has been kept for years for the amusement of visitors. Recently, government-appointed wildlife officials and animal experts tasked with investigating…

Wan Junaidi: No Haze this Year

Wan Junaidi: No Haze this Year

When it comes to the annual haze this year, so far so good. Back in March, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar stressed that the yearly scourge of billowing smoke that can make life hell for days and weeks at a time across much of Malaysia would not happen in…

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Another day, another major bust of wildlife traffickers. To wit: Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officials have busted a major network of trafficker who were operating via social media. All we can say: Hallelujah! In the latest crackdown on the exotic pet trade, Perhilitan officials nabbed a total of 11 people…

Mining Operators ‘might be breaking’ Bauxite Ban

Mining Operators ‘might be breaking’ Bauxite Ban

A ban on all bauxite mining remains in place in Pahang, but that may not have stopped some operators from trying to resume their mining activities clandestinely. Villagers have drawn that conclusion after discovering two excavators in the village of Kampung Jeram. The local contractor reportedly said he had obtained a permit to…

Teach environmental education in Malaysian Schools? Great Idea!

Teach environmental education in Malaysian Schools? Great Idea!

Teach environmental conservationism at schools across Malaysia. That’s what the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry wants to do by introducing environmental education as a subject in Malaysian schools, the better to inculcate a love of the country’s abundant natural resources in youngsters. It’s a great idea, yes. “The ministry is serious…

Online Wildlife Trade is being ‘Rolled Back,’ but Challenges Remain

Online Wildlife Trade is being ‘Rolled Back,’ but Challenges Remain

A lot of wildlife trafficking in Malaysia takes place in the laissez-faire milieu of the cyber world, where traffickers have taken to hugely popular social media platforms like Facebook to buy and sell protected and endangered species in wanton abandon. Yet if Fakhrul Hatta Musa, deputy director of Wildlife and National Parks Department…

Bauxite Ban remains in Place

Bauxite Ban remains in Place

The moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang has been extended, extended again and then extended yet again since last January, when it was first imposed initially. Now, in a move that should please environmentalists and long-suffering Pahang locals alike, the government has decided to extend the ban yet again, for another…

Illegal Mining is Going on in Pahang

Illegal Mining is Going on in Pahang

There has been a moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang for almost a year, but that has not stopped some fly-by-night operators from continuing to extract the aluminum ore on the sly. So says Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He has pointed at the mounds of bauxite…

Malaysia goes after Ivory Smugglers

Malaysia goes after Ivory Smugglers

Whether we like it or not, Malaysia is a major global hub of wildlife trafficking. Both indigenous species and foreign ones, as well as their body parts, continue passing into and out of the country at the hands of unscrupulous criminal syndicates. That must stop. Natural Resources and Environment Minister…

We must ‘show Zero Tolerance’ for Wildlife Crimes

We must ‘show Zero Tolerance’ for Wildlife Crimes

Wildlife crimes remain woefully widespread in Malaysia. What to do? The answer is for authorities to adopt and pursue a zero tolerance policy towards such crimes and the people who perpetrate them. “Although the wildlife laws in Peninsular Malaysia have been strengthened through the implementation of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 six…

Poachers Beware! Malaysian Wildlife Officials may soon be Packing Heat

Poachers Beware! Malaysian Wildlife Officials may soon be Packing Heat

Wildlife rangers in Malaysia are regularly understaffed and underfunded. At times they are also outgunned. This, though, may be just about to change. “Hunters go to the forest carrying guns, but our people carry parang (a machete-style knife),” Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar explained in a…