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 –…

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…

Eco Farm Leads the Way for Sustainable Agriculture in Malaysia

Eco Farm Leads the Way for Sustainable Agriculture in Malaysia

An organic farm and resort in Malaysia has been teaching food health, sustainable agriculture and green eating to all comers for the past 18 years.  This kind of education is hard to find in Malaysia, but is a breath of fresh air for a country struggling to achieve sustainability. Nestled…

Big Bauxite Deal Underlines Need for Mining Regulation in Malaysia

Big Bauxite Deal Underlines Need for Mining Regulation in Malaysia

In the past year, Malaysia has emerged as one of the world’s leading producers of bauxite, the raw ore used to create aluminum.  The discovery and feverish exploitation of bauxite in Malaysia (a reaction to Indonesia’s drop-out as a supplier to bauxite-hungry China) has been a boon to the nation’s…

Communities Clean up Streets and Parks in Malaysia

Communities Clean up Streets and Parks in Malaysia

Waste management in Malaysia is a serious problem, but local communities are fighting back.  One program at a time, responsible citizens are investing their time and effort into cleaning up the communities, streets and parks in Malaysia. Just east of Kuala Lumpur, a neighborhood campaign in south Klang is working…

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

A research team at University Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has just developed the world’s first stable perovskite solar module.  This might not mean much to the casual reader, but perovskite cells could be the future of solar power, and Malaysia has just found the key to unlocking their power. The reason…

Threats to Bornean Sun Bear Evidence Illegal Poaching in Malaysia

Threats to Bornean Sun Bear Evidence Illegal Poaching in Malaysia

The Malayan sun bear is a little-known species.  The smallest bear in the world, it is a playful, honey-loving tree-climber that once roamed much of Southeast Asia.  Now, though, it lives mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, where it is threatened by deforestation and poaching. Thanks to these two threats, the…

Sarawak Raids 240 Companies Linked to Illegal Logging in Malaysia

Sarawak Raids 240 Companies Linked to Illegal Logging in Malaysia

A recent sizing-up of illegal logging in Malaysia revealed that the Forest Department of Sarawak conducted 240 raids, confiscated 12,000 cubic meters of timber and submitted a total of 122 investigation papers to the state government as of July this year. Much of this legal action has to do with…

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

As Malaysia’s flagship green technology conference and exhibition rolls onward, the disposition of all things green business are looking sunnier and sunnier for the country playing host. Aggressive green tech goals are being set, groundbreaking deals are being made and IGEM 2015’s theme of ‘Powering the Green Economy’ is being…

Blockade on Potentially Disastrous Baram Dam May be Lifted

Blockade on Potentially Disastrous Baram Dam May be Lifted

Mass flooding, environmental devastation and the displacement of countless indigenous people have characterized a hydroelectric dam campaign ramming its way through public opposition in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.  Construction of the Baram dam (the most recent of 12 proposed dams) has begun, but locals – having seen thousands of…