It has been 3 years since PUAH SZE NING met the Gerai OA (see Crafting Culture), where she fell madly and deeply in love with the mystical motifs and ingenious traditional uses of crafts by the indigenous peoples of Malaysia, the Orang Asal. Puah now invites the socially conscious consumers to go dot com and support rural artisans.
'What Rainforest?' is a collective of individuals and NGOs concerned about the state of the Malaysian rainforests and its inhabitants. They aim to highlight the human rights violations, loss of native customary rights (NCR) land and the poverty entrenchment of the indigenous people of Malaysia that has been at the heart of deforestation since 1970s. JULES ONG reviews their recent film.
The unusual and endangered Proboscis monkey lives in the forests of Borneo. SHAFIZ AZMAN shares his knowledge of this interesting species.
When FAYE OSMAN got the opportunity to join a trek into the jungle of Sarawak, East Malaysia, she hoped the experience would give her a better understanding of the indigenous people of the place; the Penans. Here, she gives us an insight into the simplicity of their lives and the struggles they face.
RIVER FOO, WWF-Malaysia's Terengganu Turtle Conservation Programme Community Liaison Officer, shares an uplifting story about many people working together to save a turtle - a tale to motivate us all to participate in turtle conservation.
So, how do you follow a turtle? WWF-MALAYSIA fills us in on the techniques they use in their current research to find out where turtles go for feeding and migration.
Marine turtles, plying the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca, usually nest on Malaysia's east coast, but RICK GREGORY finds a spot on the west coast that is a sanctuary for endangered Hawksbills.
Four species of sea turtles in the world can be found nesting on Malaysian shores: the olive-ridley turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle and the leatherback turtle. All of these are currently listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered. NASRAH NUR tells us what we need to know to conserve them.
The gentle creatures that once lived with ancient sea creatures are now facing extinction. WWF investigates the causes of decline of turtles in Malaysian shores, lists the ongoing efforts that are in place to help monitor and conserve the current populations, and suggests the ways that we as individuals can follow to protect turtles.
The seahorse is a fascinating creature, having earned the name 'sea monster' from its unique appearance and behaviour. MOHALA SANTHARAMOHANA lays out the history of this special animal and helps us understand its plight faced today.