Foreign Poachers are on the Loose in Sabah

Foreign Poachers are on the Loose in Sabah

Two pygmy elephants and a hundred sea turtles. These are just the latest victims of poachers in Sabah. Conservationists and government officials are duly outraged at the continuing slaughter of the state’s endangered wildlife. “The recent discovery of hundreds of turtle bone fragments and turtle carcasses floating in the sea…

A Crackdown on Illegal Bauxite Mining

A Crackdown on Illegal Bauxite Mining

At last Malaysian authorities are stepping up their efforts to clamp down on illegal bauxite mining in Pahang. A few days ago the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested a senior Customs officer and nine officials from the Pahang Land and Mineral Office (PTG) for allegedly abetting miners in their illegal…

Let’s Make Ecotourism Work

Beautiful beaches. World-class diving spots. Scenic forests. Picturesque landscapes. Misty mountaintops. Fantastic biodiversity. Malaysia is a land of unsurpassed natural beauty with unique treasures. Not surprisingly, tourists from around the world keep flocking to the country. Last year alone nearly 27 million visitors came, generating MR82 billion in tourism income….

Malaysia ‘can help’ Indonesia tackle Forest Fires

Malaysia ‘can help’ Indonesia tackle Forest Fires

As the peak of the dry seasons looms, so does the risk of forest fires. And forest fires in Malaysia and Indonesia can spell disaster. To forestall that eventuality, Malaysia is ready to send firefighters to Indonesia to help extinguish open fires, according to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan…

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

If Malaysia’s beleaguered tigers have something to fear more than poaching, it’s habitat loss. The majestic predators have seen their numbers drop precipitously over the past decades in tandem with the loss of the country’s forests and jungles. Once there were thousands of tigers roaming vast swathes of jungle. Today, a mere 340 tigers (at most)…

Illegal Logger shoots a Forestry Officer

Illegal Logger shoots a Forestry Officer

It’s not as if we’ve needed further proof that wildlife wardens and forestry officials across Malaysia can face significant dangers, but here it is: an enforcement officer of Terengganu’s State Forestry Department was shot during a raid on an illegal logging site. The officer was part of a 10-man team inspecting an illegal logging…

Mining Ban may be extended Further

Mining Ban may be extended Further

Another three months. That’s how long Malaysia’s government may extend the moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang. A good thing, too, all things considered. The ban has been in place, through repeated extensions, since January 15 last year and is due to expire at the end of this month. The cause…

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

The annual transboundary haze that has long been a scourge on the lives and environment of Malaysians will not materialize this year. Or even if it does, I won’t be too bad. Certainly not like in 2015, when the Air Pollution Index (API) reached a level of more than 200, or “very unhealthy,” around parts of…

To ban Kapcai or not to Ban them; That’s the Question

To ban Kapcai or not to Ban them; That’s the Question

The legions of motorcycles can be a scourge on Malaysian towns and cities. There they constantly are, whirring, zigzagging and whizzing by, creating health hazards and polluting the air. So should “kapcai” motorcycles (small mopeds with engines of between 50cc and 150cc) be banned from city centers? Yes, if you ask Federal Territories…

Wan Junaidi: Malaysia is ‘committed’ to Saving its Forests

Wan Junaidi: Malaysia is ‘committed’ to Saving its Forests

Malaysia is fully committed to managing its forests sustainably. So says the country’s minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. Speaking at a UN conference on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco, the minister stressed that Malaysia would protect its forests while it would also fulfill its commitments on tackling…

Malaysia wants Trade Ban lifted on wild Saltwater Crocodiles

Malaysia wants Trade Ban lifted on wild Saltwater Crocodiles

Malaysia wants the international trade ban on saltwater crocodiles listed. Good idea? That depends how you look at it. The crocs might certainly take issue with that, but many locals in Sarawak and Sabah might probably not. The country has asked for permission at the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties,…

Keeping a Beady Eye on Illegal Loggers

Keeping a Beady Eye on Illegal Loggers

Malaysia’s permanent forest reserves measure slightly over 18 million hectares around the country. They are home to 2.5 million trees. The government says it wants to boost that number to 4 million trees through its Sustainable Forest Management scheme. “[W]e held firmly to our commitment to maintain at least 50…

Sharks need better Protection in Sabah

Sharks need better Protection in Sabah

Consuming sharks, or their fins, isn’t illegal in Malaysia. It should be. Sharks are at risk of being driven extinct in Malaysian waters, and unless they are treated as protected species by law, these majestic fish will indeed go extinct in Sabah and elsewhere. The animals are considered simply as…