June 12, 2019
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As a Malaysian, I feel grateful for living in this country, which has no major disasters, unlike many other countries around the world. Blessed with tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches, a resilient economy, and relative low cost of living, Malaysia has always been promoted as a paradise, and indeed this is still largely true.
However, for a small minority, the indigenous peoples (Orang Asli) of Malaysia, life cannot be said to be great, especially if you happen to rely on the forest for your living and sustenance. Logging and destruction of their ancestral lands, and being marginalized and discriminated against, are sadly very common occurrences in Malaysia unfortunately. And for the case for the Bateq tribes living at the fringes of north Taman Negara (the National Park) in Kelantan, at Kuala Koh, it has turned very tragic. Continue Reading →
August 11, 2018
The Krau Widlife Reserve in the center of Peninsular Malaysia, near the town of Temerloh, is one of the least known but most important conservation areas within Malaysia’s network of protected areas. Ask the average Malaysian on the street if they know where or what the Krau Wildlife Reserve is and chances are, they would have never even heard of it. Yet today at about 63,395 hectares, Krau is one of the last remaining areas of lowland tropical rainforest left untouched in Peninsular Malaysia – and therefore one of the most important. Continue Reading →
September 2, 2017
Taman Negara is Malaysia’s largest and (relatively speaking) best protected conservation area, spanning across three states in the center of Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan). The name is a literal Malay translation of the word, “National Park”. It is officially 4343 square kilometers in size, which makes it much larger than any other protected area in Malaysia. Continue Reading →
January 23, 2017
Trees are the biggest living organisms on our planet. It is hard to grasp the fact that a tiny seed can grow into a mighty tree one day. But nonetheless, I am in awe of how great the force of life is, illustrated through the trees of the earth. And what better way to pay homage to such literal living giants of our time than to climb and photograph them?
That is exactly what a group of tree enthusiasts from Australia are doing, with projects to capture the grandeur of trees from around the world (eventually) via portrait photography of the entire tree, from the roots to the crown. This provides a perspective of trees that is both unique and innovative. Continue Reading →
October 2, 2015
A phenomenon that is totally man-made and happens yearly in Malaysia, is the haze. The haze is basically smog caused by open burning due to clearing of vegetation for agriculture, and it is a practice done mainly in Indonesia and to a smaller extent, Malaysia, and other South East Asian nations. You want to clear off vegetation in order to plant your palm oil or crops? Want to get to rid of plant waste cheaply? Burn them. That is what these folks do, from small scale farmers to plantation companies (the main culprits). Continue Reading →