JUNGLE TALES: A JOURNEY INTO KAMPUNG ATOK

Written by Arran Hashim, Co-founder and a Project Coordinator for Project KampungKu. A thick mist descended upon the volunteers as our boats docked upon the muddy embankment of Kampung Atok, the installation site for Project KampungKu 2020. It had just finished raining, and the moisture in the cool September air glistened in the evening light as our precious cargo of photovoltaic cells, solar lamps, and food supplies was unloaded. As we unpacked the boats, a landing group of Kampung Atok asli arrived — curly-haired folk with kind eyes and polite smiles — who immediately swung into action. Before we knew it, they scooped the equipment and supplies out of our hands and nimbly ascended the stee

Forests under-represented and under attack, green groups say

An environmental group has challenged the official numbers on Malaysia’s natural forest cover, saying areas that should not fall within the category appear to have been included to meet the government’s target of 50%. Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said the 50% figure was being touted on the international level. “But our forest is less than 18% and dwindling very quickly,” she told MalaysiaNow. “It looks like Malaysia is including plantation cover as forest to meet the 50%, which should not be accepted.” Malaysian Nature Society past president Maketab Mohamed meanwhile said the government had been misinforming the people about the coun

BIRDS FLYING (THROUGH) MALAYSIA

This Saturday, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. We'll take a look at the important ecological functions our feathered friends play, and discuss why bird conservation is an important issue. Image Source: Shutterstock Produced by: Juliet Jacobs Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek, Sharmilla Ganesan

New unit ready to fight polluters

PETALING JAYA: Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man is confident that there will be a downtrend in water pollution cases with the launch of the country’s first environmental crime prevention unit (UCJAS). The unit, parked under the ministry, had given the government more bite to fight polluters as the police had also been roped in to be part of UCJAS, said Tuan Ibrahim. UCJAS was launched on Thursday and started operating administratively with several staff members placed at the ministry’s office, he added. “The ministry has given police the power to act against offenders using the Environmental Quality Act. “Integrated operations will be carried out on com

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