El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

A recent analysis of dry El Nino weather patterns suggests that they could persist even longer than usual this year – into rice planting seasons for Malaysia. The threat of El Nino on rice farming still looms in Malaysia’s future, but its effects are being felt now in the US. …

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Malaysia was singled out for its innovative achievements upon the release of this year’s Global Innovation Index rankings earlier this month.  The honorable mention speaks to Malaysia’s social and economic growth, but leaves something to be explained considering the country’s troubled state. A worldwide rating system for innovation, the Global…

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. …

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

There’s a storm of controversy surrounding Malaysia’s recent rise as a major bauxite producer.  Bauxite mining has become a very profitable industry for the struggling country, but the pollution it creates is poisoning Malaysian citizens and ecosystems. About RM750 million (US$170.6 mil) has so far been generated from bauxite mining…

Saving the Ocean One Reef at a Time

Saving the Ocean One Reef at a Time

Coral reef destruction, ocean acidification and illegal fishing are gripping the island of Borneo, but an insightful marine conservation outfit is doing everything it can to reverse the damage. The Tropical Research and Conservation Center (TRACC) is a nonprofit organization based in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.  Running…

When will Illegal Bauxite Mining in Malaysia be Shut Down?

When will Illegal Bauxite Mining in Malaysia be Shut Down?

Illegal bauxite mining is quickly degrading life of all kinds in Malaysia.  The country’s people, environment, and potential for development are all suffering from a rush of poorly regulated mining operations – but despite promises to shut down mines, politicians have not been taking action. Pahang, a populous state in…

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 CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

Will CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

The annual CSR Asia Summit is coming to Kuala Lumpur this year, where businesses will discuss how they can contribute to social good, sustainable development and efforts to protect the environment surrounding them. Recognized as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on CSR (corporate social responsibility) in Southeast Asia, the…

Southeast Asia to Unify Against Environmental Crime

Southeast Asia to Unify Against Environmental Crime

In what could be a huge step in protecting the environment, the group of Southeast Asian nations known as ASEAN is reportedly getting close to qualifying environmental offenses as transnational organized crime. The revised definition would be fitting, as environmental crime in Southeast Asia is often a highly organized affair. …

The Invention That Could Solve Waste Management in Malaysia

The Invention That Could Solve Waste Management in Malaysia

Malaysia’s landfills are spilling over, its recycling rates are low and the country is making more trash than its infrastructure can handle, but an environmental waste management company has an idea that could solve all these problems at once. SP Multitech is a company providing environmental waste management in Malaysia. …