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 […]

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 […]

State of Sarawak Map: No Easing Up On Concessions for Timber, Oil Palm, Wood Fibre

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 –The map of Sarawak as seen through the latest Global Forest Watch (GFW) indicates that the state’s economy will continue to revolve around the exploitation of its natural resources, with new and more allocations of concessions for logging, oil palm cultivation and wood fibre. Half of the state is covered by […]