Former lawyer finds calling in nature conservation

PETALING JAYA: Having spent 20 years of his life in the government quarters at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) in Selangor, love for nature is in environmentalist Andrew Sebastian’s blood. “My father was attached to FRIM and later, its Forest Training Unit. His involvement with nature led to my strong bond with the […]

RM100mil not enough to gazette more forests, marine areas, say activists

GEORGE TOWN: Putrajaya’s RM100 million incentive for states to keep more forests and marine areas intact may be too little to hold off the timber industry, say environmental activists. Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (Peka) chief Damien Thanam Divean said with the timber industry’s exports reaching RM22 billion just two years ago, the government incentive might […]

Conservationist: Culling animals for farm encroachment an over-reaction

HUMAN-wildlife conflict can be avoided with proper resources and a bigger mandate provided to the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan), says a conservationist. Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) president and chief executive officer Andrew Sebastian said culling animals in response to encroachment into farms was an “over-reaction”. Instead, he said the department should […]

Food Delivery Guy Chased By A Tiger, Narrowly Escaped Death

The food delivery rider was startled by the presence of the tiger, but managed to accelerate his bike at full speed. A food delivery rider in Dungun, Terengganu was almost attacked by a tiger while at work recently. Mohd Syafiq, 27, was quoted by Berita Harian as saying that the incident happened behind Taman Bersekutu […]

Meet Malaysia’s 12 Award-Winning Eco-Friendly Airbnb Stays

Airbnb today revealed twelve incredible award-winning Airbnb Stays that are pushing the boundaries of sustainable travel in Malaysia – from a gorgeous Selangor retreat built out of reclaimed sand, to a cleverly converted bus-turned-mobile home and a lovingly-restored permaculture farmstay. Launched by Airbnb in collaboration with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the Malaysian Green […]

Sayangi Alam welcomes King’s decree to prioritise environment, hopes govt will do more

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 – A coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Sayangi Alam, has welcomed the call made by Malaysia’s King Sultan Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Monday to the government to prioritise the protection of environment in the face of challenges posed by climate change. His Majesty in his address had also […]

Protect habitat of big cats this Year of the Tiger

THE public can play a proactive role in protecting the habitat of wildlife, especially that of tigers, says a conservationist. Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) president and chief executive officer Andrew Sebastian said with this year being the Year of the Tiger, the public should get more involved directly, or indirectly. He said it […]

FMT: Environmentalist shocked by Zuraida’s ‘bizarre, ignorant’ orangutan claim

PETALING JAYA: An environmentalist has expressed shock over plantation industries and commodities minister Zuraida Kamaruddin’s “bizarre and ignorant” claim that orangutans kill people when they see them. Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Malaysia (Ecomy) president Andrew Sebastian said he was appalled by Zuraida’s lack of knowledge and that her claim did a disservice both to […]

Flood Hit Orang Asal Too

It’s the season to be merry as we countdown to Christmas and the New Year celebration. But this year has been a rough and tough year for many due to the Covid19 pandemic and the massive floods in many parts of our country. The phenomenon of the flood this year is huge and hit many […]

The SoWild series of “Art Meets Conservation”

In conjunction with World Wildlife Conservation Day 4th December 2021 today, three local entities came together to unveil a new pioneer programme aimed at creating awareness and the love for nature conservation through art! The SoWild series of ‘Art Meets Conservation’ kicked off at ZooTaiping & Night Safari with the first workshop series dedicated to […]