Why Hasn’t Australia Helped Regulate Bauxite Mining in Malaysia?

Why Hasn’t Australia Helped Regulate Bauxite Mining in Malaysia?

Despite the fact that they can both be said to exist, the bauxite industries in Australia and Malaysia couldn’t be more different.  In fact, they are directly at odds – Australia’s highly regulated and deeply-entrenched bauxite mining sector is being undercut by Malaysia’s quick and cheap exports. Both countries are…

The Particular Urgencies of Climate Change in Malaysia

The Particular Urgencies of Climate Change in Malaysia

Malaysia’s average temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees celcius since 1969.  This fact alone might not sound earthshattering, but it could be just that for a country at high risk for weather and temperature changes. Let’s break it down: Temperature changes in Malaysia are reflected by hotter days, longer droughts…

How the TPP Could Trouble Malaysia

How the TPP Could Trouble Malaysia

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – an enormous ‘free-trade’ agreement between Malaysia, the United States, Australia and numerous other countries – is steadily marching towards ratification.  Billed as a catalyst of international trade and booster of economies, the multinational agreement is extremely controversial as it includes many laws that…

Sabah Left Behind in Malaysia’s Sustainable Development

Sabah Left Behind in Malaysia’s Sustainable Development

As the sun sets on the Tenth Malaysia Plan – a blueprint for social and economic development announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2010 – it looks like the Malaysian Government has fallen woefully short of achieving the promises it made to the state of Sabah. Sabahan political figure…

Indonesia and Malaysia to set new Green Standards for Palm Oil

Indonesia and Malaysia to set new Green Standards for Palm Oil

More than a month after they started burning, Indonesian forest fires that caused a crippling haze epidemic are still raging strong.  The record-breaking burn is due largely to palm oil practices that dry out, expose and otherwise make the peatland beneath them extremely susceptible to fires.  As a result of…

Malaysian Politics: in Need of Refocus

Malaysian Politics: in Need of Refocus

At present, Malaysia finds itself in dire straits.  Prime Minister Najib Razak is at the center of an international scandal involving his alleged embezzlement of $700 million.  Two enormous protests have resulted (one anti-government and one pro-Malaysian pride) which have divided the country and brought race politics into the foreground. …

Biodiversity in Malaysia to get More Help from Government

Biodiversity in Malaysia to get More Help from Government

Malaysia’s national biodiversity policy is currently being revised to include further consideration for the country’s delicate environment.  The opportunity is a great one – the vital document hasn’t been reviewed in decades, and it could do more to protect Malaysia’s plant and animal life. On paper, biodiversity in Malaysia has…

Giant Pandas too Expensive for Malaysia?

Giant Pandas too Expensive for Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur Zoo’s two giant pandas have just had a baby.  They’ve only been in Malaysia 15 months, which makes their coupling the fastest panda birth ever achieved in captivity. The occasion was cause for much celebration, but comes with a high price tag.  The pandas are on loan from…

Agreements and Arguments Over Indonesian Fires

Agreements and Arguments Over Indonesian Fires

Because haze in Indonesia often blows over to become haze in Malaysia, both countries often suffer from Indonesian fires.  It is for this reason that Malaysia’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister will soon be meeting with his Indonesian counterpart to discuss the matter of transboundary haze pollution. The Malaysian environmental…

Will Indonesia Change After This Year’s Fires?

Will Indonesia Change After This Year’s Fires?

As fires continue to rage through Indonesia and the haze they produce chokes Singapore, Malaysia and neighboring countries, people are looking for answers.  When will it stop?  What is Indonesia doing about it?  Will it happen again next year?  Indonesia has been promising for years to step up security –…

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…

Malaysian State Wises up to Poisonous Bauxite Mining

Malaysian State Wises up to Poisonous Bauxite Mining

Heeding reports of devastating pollution and lending an ear to local unrest, The Malaysian state of Terengganu has frozen all new applications for bauxite mining. “So far we have decided to freeze [applications] and not give permission to any party that wants to mine bauxite, although some of them are…