Investing in the Environment is a Must

Investing in the Environment is a Must

To protect Malaysia’s wildlife and environment, you have to invest in them. That is the gist of a call by Dionysius Sharma, who is executive director and CEO of WWF-Malaysia, on the country’s government. “Fiscal measures need to be put in place to assist the State governments in setting aside forests…

An Elephant is Killed after Trampling a man to Death. Was that Fair?

An Elephant is Killed after Trampling a man to Death. Was that Fair?

A wild bull elephant that trampled a middle-aged worker to death at a timber plantation in Tawau, Sabah, is now himself dead. The animal was shot and killed by an official of the Sabah Wildlife Department. Justice done? It depends how you look at it. The department’s director Augustine Tuuga explained…

Scrambling to Save Malaysia’s Wildlife

Scrambling to Save Malaysia’s Wildlife

In its newly released Living Planet Report 2016, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has painted an alarming picture of the impending prospects of the planet’s wildlife. Unless we change course, the numbers of wild animals will have declined by a staggering 67% by the year 2020, a mere…

WWF: Malaysians are eating less Shark Fin Soup … At Last

WWF: Malaysians are eating less Shark Fin Soup … At Last

Plenty of Malaysians still love their shark fin soup, but not as many as used to do. The local consumption of shark fins has fallen almost by half over the past six months, according to the World Wide Fund For Nature’s Malaysian chapter (WWF-Malaysia). That is certainly something to celebrate….

Perak wants Citizens to Save its Sharks

Perak wants Citizens to Save its Sharks

To save sharks, we have to know and understand sharks. Appreciate them more too. That’s the message behind a government-sponsored campaign in Perak, which seeks to educate locals, from fishermen to school children, about the embattled predators. “We want to start by educating fishermen about the importance of shark conservation,…

WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

The question is: “Do Malaysians really care about Sharks?” The answer, according to WWF-Malaysia, is disheartening: not that much. “Apart from encounters shielded by glass thicker than the Great Wall of China,” the conservationist group posits, “Malaysians’ emotional involvement with sharks has been mostly recreational or gastronomical,” it explains. In…

Treat our Water Sources much Better

Treat our Water Sources much Better

Water. Malaysians have a lot of it. Except when they don’t. In Selangor alone, on a weekend in late September, more than a million people at 30 locations did not. They found themselves without enough treated water for days. The cause: contaminants were discovered at the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment…

Seven Elephants perish in Sabah

Seven Elephants perish in Sabah

Losing one wild elephant is bad enough. Losing seven is absolutely tragic. Yet that is the number of wild Bornean pygmy elephants that died recently at an abandoned quarry in southern Kalabakan after being stuck in mud for more than a week. The pachyderms succumbed to dehydration, stress and hunger….

Run like a Shark for Sharks in Penang

Run like a Shark for Sharks in Penang

Come October 16, you can run like a shark. Dressed as one, that is … in a FINtastic Fun Run 2016, organized by WWF-Malaysia at Occupy Beach Street in George Town on the island of Penang. The 5km shark-themed event will serve to draw attention to the plight of all endangered…

Ban all Shark Fishing in Malaysia? Yes

Ban all Shark Fishing in Malaysia? Yes

If the federal government has its way, seven species of sharks and rays may soon enjoy better protection in Malaysian waters. The seven species newly designated as endangered will include four species of hammerhead sharks, the oceanic white tip shark, the giant oceanic manta ray and the reef manta ray….

Large haul of Sea Turtle Eggs is seized in Sabah

Large haul of Sea Turtle Eggs is seized in Sabah

Chalk one up for successful law enforcement against wildlife crimes. Marine Police in Sabah scored a victory against a wildlife smuggling syndicate operating in the Sandakan area by intercepting four boats packed with 19,000 eggs of sea turtles. The seizure of turtle eggs, which would have been worth around RM30,000 on…

Wildlife Corridors: The Secret to Conserving Biodiversity

Wildlife Corridors: The Secret to Conserving Biodiversity

It’s becoming painfully evident that setting aside a few national parks just isn’t enough to save endangered species in Malaysia.  Sure, there may be a hopeful-sounding number of pygmy elephants in Malaysia (FIND THE NUMBER), but if they’re marooned in separate plots of land, they either can’t find each other…

Sabah: Turning Back the Clock for Malaysia’s Environment

Sabah: Turning Back the Clock for Malaysia’s Environment

Sabah is Malaysia’s second-largest state and is, in many ways, setting an example in sustainability and environmental protection.  Sabah’s laws, protections and regulation of industry have essentially turned back the clock for its extremely biodiverse rainforests – some of which are over 130 million years old. To date, the Sabah…

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

A fuel subsidy program for the Malaysian fishing sector may encourage overfishing throughout the country, worries WWF-Malaysia’s Head of Conservation for Sabah, Bernard Tai. The sentiment was brought forward at a July seminar entitled “WWF-Malaysia Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah.” It was by-and-large a conversation about…