Archive for April, 2010

Malaysia power report Q2 2010 – New Market Report Published

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-intellasia.net-The new Malaysia Power Report forecasts that the country will account for 1.34 percent of Asia Pacific regional power generation by 2014, with a broadly balanced domestic market. Our estimates for 2009 suggest Asia Pacific regional generation of 7,324 terawatt hours (TWh). We are forecasting an increase in regional generation to 9,730TWh by 2014, representing a rise of 32.85 percent in 2009-2014.

Thermal power generation in 2009 totalled an estimated 5,747TWh, accounting for 79.6 percent of the total electricity supplied in the region. Our forecast for 2014 is 7,493TWh, implying 30.38 percent growth that reduces the market share of thermal generation to 77.9 percent. This is thanks largely to environmental concerns promoting renewable sources, hydro-electricity and nuclear generation. Malaysia’s thermal generation in 2009 was an estimated 94.5TWh, or 1.61 percent of the regional total. By 2014, the country is expected to account for 1.48 percent of thermal generation.

Malaysia’s dominant fuel is gas, which accounts for an estimated 48.3 percent of 2009 primary energy demand (PED), followed by oil at 40.0 percent, coal at 9.1 percent and hydro with a 2.3 percent share of PED. Regional energy demand is forecast to reach 5,335mn toe by 2014, representing 31.69 percent growth from the estimated 2009 level. Malaysia’s estimated 2009 market share of 1.33 percent is set to fall to 1.21 percent by 2014.

Malaysia’s estimated 7.5TWh of hydro demand in 2009 is forecast to reach 13.9TWh by 2014, with its share of the Asia Pacific hydro market rising from 0.81 percent to 1.05 percent. There is no commercial nuclear industry.

Malaysia is ranked fifth behind India in our updated and extended Power Business Environment ratings, thanks to its low level of energy import dependence and excellent power consumption growth prospects. Certain country risk factors offset some of the industry strength, but the country is in a good position in the near term to keep clear of Thailand and Indonesia below. Vietnam, however, poses a medium-term threat.

We are now forecasting Malaysian real GDP growth averaging 5.58 percent per annum (pa) between 2010 and 2014, with a decline of 2.10 percent assumed for 2009. Population is expected to expand from 27.5mn to 29.6mn over the period, with GDP per capita and electricity consumption per capita forecast to increase 37 percent and 18 percent respectively. The country’s power consumption is expected to increase from an estimated 104TWh in 2009 to 135TWh by the end of the forecast period, wiping out any theoretical generation surplus, assuming 3.6 percent average annual growth in electricity generation.

Between 2009 and 2019, we are forecasting an increase in Malaysian electricity generation of 62.1 percent, which is mid-range for the Asia Pacific region. This equates to 27.0 percent in the 2014-2019 period, down from 27.6 percent in 2009-2014. PED growth is set to ease from 19.3 percent in 2009-2014 to 14.3 percent representing 36.3 percent for the entire forecast period. An increase of 172 percent in hydro-power use during 2009-2019 is a key element of generation growth. Thermal power generation is forecast to rise by 48.7 percent between 2009 and 2019. More details of the long-term power forecasts can be found later in this report.

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Info Ministry or Umno Ministry?

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: Indigenous People |

CPI Writings
Written by Dr Lim Teck Ghee & Helen Ang
Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:08
Yesterday, TV2 producer Chou Z Lam issued a statement that the third part of his Mandarin documentary on the Bakun Dam was forced off the air under the direct instruction of RTM director-general Ibrahim Yahaya.

When contacted by Malaysiakini, Ibrahim denied that he had ordered the cancellation of Wednesday’s segment. “I did not give such orders […] you should ask Chou instead,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying.

Be that as it may, there is still the poser as to why the fourth episode scheduled for today, Thursday, 12.20pm under the programme slot ‘National Gallery Mandarin’ was not shown. Unless a clarification is forthcoming from RTM, the question mark remains.

In the meantime, the public will be forgiven for construing that the axing of the rest of Chou’s 10-part series* is yet another example of interference by Umno apparatchik deeply embedded in the civil service and strategic public agencies.

Chou has stated that when he approached his supervisors and several RTM officers for an explanation, he was told by newsroom chief executive Jumat Engson (see chart of RTM Who’s Who) that the decision was due to some “sensitive elements” in the documentary.

It was also intimated to Chou that its screening was deemed possibly ‘harmful’ to the upcoming Sibu by-election as well as the Sarawak state election which is on the cards. He was made to understand that the documentary might be postponed to ‘another time’ when the political situation permitted.

1Media, 1Propaganda

Chou said he personally appealed to Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Heng Seai Kie for help in resolving the matter but was told that “we would not interfere with your internal matter”. Chou said this response was communicated to him through the deputy minister’s private secretary, a Mr Lee.

Heng is a senator from MCA and her response is, predictably, indicative of the party’s lack of spine on genuine independence of the press. After all, MCA is owner of the spineless Star.

All these developments point clearly to the fact that it is the political masters controlling the media outlets that dictate the agenda. They are abetted by compliant editors who tread on eggshells in practicing self-censorship on the pretext of ‘preserving national harmony’.

With the nexus of politics, patronage and public office, one does not know where Umno ends and the Ministry of Misinformation begins, and where the orbits of RTM and other satellites fall into the gravitational pull of Umno – the centre radiating raw power around which all revolve.

RTM is a government agency that, on paper, is supposed to serve the interest of the rakyat. But we know otherwise.

The symbiosis between Umno and the other media is just as discernible if one looks into the movements of the industry’s high-flying careerists. Ibrahim Yahaya, the RTM DG, was a long-time Berita Harian editor, and this Malay daily is considered an asset in the Umno investment portfolio.

That the mainstream media (MSM) works mostly to further the Umno and Barisan agenda has been especially evident since their emasculation following Ops Lalang.

As recently as the Hulu Selangor by-election last weekend, media monitors have noted that MSM was largely supportive of Barisan candidate P. Kamalanathan whilst running down the Pakatan candidate Zaid Ibrahim.

Old boys’ network

It was barely less than a week ago too that ntv7 producer Joshua Wong Ngee Choong alleged interference and political pressure. Wong made public a claim that he was ‘advised’ by Media Prima group editor (News and Current Affairs) Manja Ismail not to invite an opposition MP as guest speaker on his Chinese talk show.

Like Ibrahim, Manja comes from a Berita Harian background and was the paper’s group editor. Berita Harian is part of the Media Prima conglomerate which is government and Umno-linked.

For attempting to present news that conveys critical but necessary perspectives, Wong and Chou have the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

However, there is another group – mainly the media bigwigs – that sanitize or massage the news to cast the BN government in the best light possible.

Among these are prominent personalities such as Malaysian Press Institute chief executive Chamil Wariya, formerly a managing editor of TV3 and earlier, features editor in Utusan. Chamil gained notoriety for writing the ‘fictional’ short story about the assassination of a Yang Berhormat bearing close resemblance to Teresa Kok.

The crossover of media personalities between government-controlled entities and private media companies – and at times on secondment – is a seamless osmosis. One example (without casting any aspersions) is Azman Ujang who retired from his post as Bernama general manager in 2008 and was appointed non-executive director of Berjaya Media Bhd the same year. Berjaya Media – formerly known as Nexnews Bhd (that controlled financial weekly The Edge) – are publishers of theSun.

This osmosis reflects the nature of the Malaysian media landscape where key players and participants work hand in glove with the politicians.

For instance, the press secretaries of Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin were formerly reporters with NST. Both these press aides – Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad and Ainon Mohd – are today Datuks. Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (he has several Datuk titles under his belt) has written before in his column of doing social lunch with KJ – at that time when Khairy Jamaluddin was the sitting PM’s influential son-in-law.

Rewarded for services to the state are Datuks galore, both within and from the Press industry. Ibrahim, Manja, Chamil and Azman are all Datuks. Recipients of Datukships this year include Malay Mail chief Ahirudin Attan (better known as Rocky) and most recently NSTP group managing editor Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa – on the same royal occasion as Perak deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong.

Adopt best practices

Unlike our media Datuks and wannabe Datuks, ntv7’s Wong who resigned and TV2’s Chou who went public with his story will suffer in their career prospects and in other ways for standing firm on the issue of press freedom. They should not have to pay this price; hence we call on ntv7 to reinstate Wong in his job.

We also urge that reforms be made to RTM so that it caters to all Malaysians and not operate as the hand maiden of Umno. We call on RTM to take a leaf from the fair practices outlined in the editorial policy of British broadcaster, the BBC, whose principles of political impartiality provide an avenue for a diversity of opinions, unlike here where only pro-establishment views get airtime.

Frankly, we are not surprised that MSM and their top guns have largely elected to keep silent on both the cases of Wong and Chou. But other staffers in the media need to voice their concerns individually and collectively. Bodies like the National Union of Journalists must make a strong stand on preserving media autonomy. The NUJ owes the public a statement on these two episodes at the very least.

Meanwhile, the public who are consumers (as viewers and readers) should not remain mute and unconcerned. We need to show our solidarity with these two principled Malaysians who have spoken out on the behind-the-scenes goings-on in the industry and are trying to protect our media freedom from the predatory state.

Responsible journalists who know that they have produced accurate reports want to get the truth out to the public.

However, having the entire government machinery oppressing the press, and a slew of laws pressuring our media to toe the line will never encourage the profession to question official policy nor embolden them to report abuses and failures in the system.

The onus is therefore on the public to demand that RTM be accountable to us, and not to Umno, and to break the monopoly that Barisan exerts over media ownership and licensing.

* The Chinese documentary was following up with Sarawak natives affected by the dam construction. Some 10,000 indigenous peoples of the Belaga area had been compelled by the project to relocate to the Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan areas in 1998. They are mainly farmers currently confronted with the problem of sustaining their livelihood in the agricultural sector, and facing a shortage of facilities and subsidies.

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TV2 Documentary Series On Bakun Dam Were Forced To Off The Air

Posted on April 28, 2010. Filed under: Indigenous People |

Chou Z Lam( TV2 producer)

(huskytwist05@gmail.com)

A TV2 documentary series which is to be on aired from 26 April to 7 May, at 12.20pm to 12.30pm under a mandarin program called Galeri Mandarin Nasional, were forced to off the air today(28.4.2010) under the direct instruction of RTM’s Ketua Pengarah Penyiaran Datuk Ibrahim Yahya.

2 episode of this documentary were on aired on Monday(26.4) and Tuesday(27.4) but forced to off the day today at 12.20pm.The documentary series is reporting on social impact faced by more than 10,000 natives of Belaga area, who were forced to be relocated to Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan area in 1998, to give way to the construction of famous Bakun Dam.(unforfunately not a prestigious one)

Chou Z Lam, producer of the documentary believe this off the air action, is another news interference incident by BN government during and after the Hulu Selangor by election.When he approached his supervisors and several officers of RTM to obtain explanation of the off the air decision,Ketua Pengarah Bilik Berita,Jumat Engson, who said he can fully responsible on that decision, told Chou that this was due to some “sensitive elements” in the documentary which could seems harmfull to the on coming Sibu by election as well as the Sarawak state election. He also said the documentary could be postponed to other time when situation allowed.(after the state election)

Chou felt regret to the decision made by RTM management and he personally made an appeal to the Deputy Minister of News, communication,culture and arts YB Ng Sai Kee to interfere and resolve the matter. Unfortunately, the deputy minister failed to assist and only telling Chou that “we would not interfere into your(RTM) internal matter.”She only communicated with Chou via her private secretary, Mr Lee.

Chou felt deeply sorry for the peoples of Sungai Asap whom he had interviewed, for their problems and voices is being prevented to be heard by majority of the peoples both in east Malaysia and west Malaysia.He think RTM’s measure to suppress the audience as well as the natives of Sarawak is totally against what has been championed by our PM through his 1 Malaysia slogan, which claimt “people first”( rakyat didahulukan) If Sibu by election and Sarawak state election are the reasons for this off the air action, then, what RTM implementing is actually “ politik diutamakan”.

He would like the RTM ketua pengarah to reconsider the off the air decision, so that RTM’s creditability can be restored and benefit of the natives as well as the audience can be assured.

Attachment

1.Carta organisasi RTM.

http://www.rtm.gov.my/new/bm/contact.php

2.Introduction to Documentary On Sungai Asap Resettlement

A documentary series on Social Impact of famous bakun dam on 10,000 indigenous peoples who have been resettled to Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan area during 1998, will be on aired next Monday( 26.4.2010) till  7.5.2010, at TV2, 1220pm to 1230pm.

This series covers:

1.      Economic crisis faced my native from 15 longhouses in resettlement areas

(on aired on Monday. 26.4.2010)

2.      Shortage of farm land and land not suitable for farming which were given by state government of Sarawak to the natives as compensation.

(on aired on Tuesday. 27.4.2010)

3.      Problems of agriculture and shortage of agri facilities, subsidies etc, whereby almost 90% of the relocated natives were farmers.

(supposed to be on air by Wednesday. 28.4.2010, but called off)

4.      Serious drop out rate of native children in Sungai Asap area due to transport problem and extreme poverty.

(Thusday.29.4/2010)

5.      Unresolved compensation promised by government and dam developer to pay affected natives on old long houses, NCR land at old place, fruit trees and harvest at old land.

(Friday. 30.4.2010)

6.      Economic and energy analysis of Bakun dam, why public fund like EPF has been used, do we need the dam

(Monday. 3.5.2010)

7.      Destiny of ancestral graves in Bakun area which were moved( for those able to be located and identified) and which were left submerged under 205m water in the reservoir area.

(Tuesday. 4.5.2010)

8.      Impact of Bakun dam on livelihoods of downstream longhouses

(Wed. 5.5.10)

9.      Issues of NCR land encroachment within and outside Asap resettlement area, with case study at Long Bangan.

(Thur.6.5.10).

10.  Initiatives of Asap residents to request gov and dam developer to meet their needs through 12 point of “Perjanjian Bakun”.



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Johor to stop selling water to Singapore from Skudai plant

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

Bernama-JOHOR BAHARU: Johor will stop the sale of raw water to Singapore from the Skudai water treatment plant here upon the expiry of the related agreement next year, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said.
“Negotiations are underway to return (the Skudai plant to the state government),” he told reporters at a news conference in conjunction with the visit by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to the customs, immigration and quarantine complex here.

The Skudai plant is managed by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.

Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim was quoted by the republic’s media as saying that the city-state would not renew the agreement when it expired next year, saying Singapore has enough water supply.

Another water supply agreement between Johor and Singapore will only expire in 2061.

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Rosmah Sees River Pollution As Betrayal

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

(Bernama) — The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today said that the act of polluting rivers was betrayal of the trust and gifts of God and violated the rights of future generations.

This was so as those who did these acts had no consideration and sympathy about problems to be borne from their irresponsible actions, she said when launching the 24th Saving the Rivers Brigade Club (Kelab Briged Penyelamat Sungai kali ke-24) at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia here today.

“If we spend some time to study the environmemt like the ozone situation, global warming and the like, we will see that it is due to human behaviour.

“Like ‘khalifah’ (caliph) on earth, humans have been ordained to preserve and protect the earth and its content,” said Rosmah.

She called on all Malaysians to have a mindset change to be more concerned about the environment.

She said it was still not to late for society to change its attitude on the environment and take steps to ensure rivers which were sources of waters were cared for.

“I believe if this matter is not handled urgently it is not impossible that one day that water will become something invaluable due to supply reduction as a result of our own society,” she said.

The country has 120 rivers which are sources of water supply and 43 were located in Selangor.

Rosmah said of the rivers in Selangor six were heavily polluted and declared as ‘dead’ as the water could not be treated.

As many as 19 rivers were in the moderately polluted category but needed high treatment cost while 18 rivers were in the low pollution level.

Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail meanwhile said Selangor faced serious river pollution and recorded high levels of river pollution cases, namely 86 per cent in the space of five years.

He said in 2005, Puncak Niaga recorded 796 cases of river pollution in the state while in 2009 1,483 cases of pollution were reported.

“Only 59 per cent of rivers could be used and classified as safe,” said Rozali.

The ‘Kelab Briged Penyelamat Sungai (BPS)’ that was established in 1998 is an initiative by Puncak Niaga in its effort to instill awareness and interest on the need to safeguard the natural environment especially river cleanliness.

To date 3,820 students from 148 schools in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have registered to be BPS members.

The company has allocated more than RM2.5 million a year for BPS activities.

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New green rating tools to boost value of old buildings

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Environmental Economics |

-The Star- By EUGENE MAHALINGAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Green Building Index (GBI) Non-Residential Existing Building (NREB) rating system for older buildings will enhance their value and attract investors, said Malaysia Green Building Confederation president Von Kok Leong.

“Today, more people are looking for buildings that are more energy efficient and sustainable. Such buildings fetch better rentals and are more likely to attract investors,” he told StarBiz on the sidelines of the GBI NREB launch by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin yesterday.

Von said it was also more cost effective to upgrade an old building than to demolish it and build a new one for want of a more environmental-friendly structure.

“You’re giving new life to old buildings. Other than investors, even developers are looking for buildings that they can upgrade instead of building from the ground up. It’s cheaper.”

In his welcome address, the chairman of GBI Accreditation panel and Malaysian Institute of Architects president Boon Che Wee said the GBI NREB would give existing buildings a new lease of life and appeal.

“The new rating is timely for existing property owners to re-condition and ‘future-proof’ to meet 21st century environmental performance standards and remain competitive in the long term.

“This, together with the lower operational and maintenance costs that come with the new environmental credential, will undoubtedly lead to progressive appreciation in rental and asset value,” he said.

According to Boon, existing buildings and its communities contribute over 40% of green house gases to the environment.

“Retro-greening will be the new stimulus of our green economy and a new economic multiplier of our construction and property industry,” he said.

Under the GBI NREB, existing non-residential buildings are rated based on six criteria – energy efficiency; indoor environment quality; sustainable site planning and management; material and resources; water efficiency and innovation.

The highest emphasis is on energy efficiency and indoor environment quality (accounting for a maximum of 38 and 21 points respectively out of 100) to address energy use and well-being and productivity of the users of the building.

Points are given for water efficiency and innovation to encourage such improvements and modifications.

Facility management is introduced for sustainable site planning and management, and material and resources to reflect the need for environmental protection in the use of chemicals, pesticides and procurement policy.

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Malaysia looking at alternative energy sources

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

(Bernama) — Malaysia will become a net energy importer before 2020 and is therefore committed to find alternative means, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof said today.

He said the country’s energy requirement was estimated to rise by 6.3 percent annually and by 2030, the level would have reached 28 percent.

“Towards this end, Malaysia is very much committed to find alternative means of energy that are sustainable,” he said in a keynote address at the EU-Malaysia Biomass Stakeholders Forum here.

Fadillah said the country was in the midst of implementing a number of initiatives with regard to policy review, research and development (R&D) and applications in this area.

The ministry, he said, had given emphasis to the R&D of renewable energy since the Seventh Malaysia Plan.

In total, 185 projects related to the development of technologies focusing on harnessing energy from resources such as biomass, solar, hydro, wind and tidal waves costing RM158 million have been carried out.

Fadillah said biomass would be a feature in the source of renewable energy mix for the country in the near future since Malaysia has an abundance of the resources.

He said the ministry had taken the necessary steps to develop a renewable energy technology roadmap in five focus areas comprising biomass, solar, wind, micro-hydro and tidal power.

“The use of renewable energy plays an ever increasing role in meeting the requirements of our energy security and the effects of climate change due to the greenhouse gases emission,” he added.

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Malaysia to seek alternative energy sources

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-Bernama-

Malaysia will become a net energy importer before 2020 and is therefore committed to find alternative means, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof said today.

He said the country’s energy requirement was estimated to rise by 6.3 per cent annually and by 2030, the level would have reached 28 per cent.

“Towards this end, Malaysia is very much committed to find alternative means of energy that are sustainable,” he said in a keynote address at the EU-Malaysia Biomass Stakeholders Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

Fadillah said the country was in the midst of implementing a number of initiatives with regard to policy review, research and development (R&D) and applications in this area. The ministry, he said, had given emphasis to the R&D of renewable energy since the Seventh Malaysia Plan.

In total, 185 projects related to the development of technologies focusing on harnessing energy from resources such as biomass, solar, hydro, wind and tidal waves costing RM158 million have been carried out.

Fadillah said biomass would be a feature in the source of renewable energy mix for the country in the near future since Malaysia has an abundance of the resources.

He said the ministry had taken the necessary steps to develop a renewable energy technology roadmap in five focus areas comprising biomass, solar, wind, micro-hydro and tidal power.

“The use of renewable energy plays an ever increasing role in meeting the requirements of our energy security and the effects of climate change due to the greenhouse gases emission,” he added. — Bernama

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Malaysia is serious in confronting environmental problem

Posted on April 27, 2010. Filed under: Climate Change |

-Utusan Malaysia-

The level concern in climate change and environmental problem is rising lately. It has been voiced out in environmental forums, convention and workshop, held all over the world.

The alarm certainly has its basis since studies by researchers and scientists had shown that if world temperature rises by 6 degrees Celsius, it will cause total damage to this planet called earth.

In fact, International Governmental Panel on Climate Change set up by the United Nations, predicted that the North Pole will disappear in 50 years time if the world temperature rises between 1.8 and 4 degree Celsius. It will also cause the sea level to increase between 28 and 34 centimeters. The heat wave and tropical storm will also increase.

The study also revealed that climate change can be the source of various diseases and the spread of tuberculosis, dengue fever and malaria.

The problem will cause natural disaster to occur the whole year round and does not follow the seasonal cycle. Big flood, landslide, tropical storm, hurricane and forest fires occur at unsuspecting places.

With the climate change, the global landscape has not only change but the people and the economy is also affected.

The disaster has been reported to cause economic upheaval to the tune of US4150 billion (RM480 billion) a year.

The impact is obvious and scary. The problem is further compounded by illegal logging and land clearing besides uncontrolled open forest burning. The land clearing had caused erosion and at the same time trigger landslide while forest burning contributed to severe haze.

As such, the move by the Malaysia Landscape in organizing the Green Malaysia Forum 2010 at Putrajaya which began yesterday and ended today is very commendable.

Themed “Greener and Sustainable Malaysia” the forum is attended by about 450 participants comprising senior government officials, academicians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.

However, forums and conventions without follow up action on the working papers will end up to nothing.

This is what normally happened in our country. The participants might be excellent in speaking and giving ideas. But without follow up and implementation plan, it is just as good as going for a photo session, which is normally held on the last day.

In this case, every group must be serious and committed towards what they have planned so that its implementation will not end half way.

The ramification from the failure will only bring about big loss as substantial amount of money will go to waste.

As such, what is required from such forum, convention or workshop is the cooperation of all parties in and outside the country. This is because the forum participants comprise foreigners.

The developed world must give firm commitment towards reducing the green house gas release. Effort to promote the effect of the climate change must be consistent.

Another matter that must be given attention is that any move being taken will have some effect in the industrial, business model, market rules and management plan in tackling the effect of environmental problem.

With that, no country can operate like normal circumstances, the world government and private sector should embrace change in their operation.

Besides, trade commitment must be handled in a more comprehensive manner in managing the development in developing countries in order to reduce climate change.

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his speech at Port of Spain, capital of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, last year stated that: “we must put our effort in strengthening the economy of the developing countries . As such, any standard on environment must be consistent with the World Trade Organisation and not to be used as a disguise for protectionism.” Take a deep look.

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Sighting of spotted leopards ‘nothing new’

Posted on April 26, 2010. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

-The Star-

JOHOR BARU: The existence of spotted leopards in the country has been confirmed long before their images were captured on camera traps in the Endau-Rompin National Park, says Malaysian Nature Society Johor.

Its branch adviser Vincent Chow said he had received photographs of a spotted leopard here seven years ago.

“One of the rangers at the park even showed me the photographs in 2003,” he said.

Saved: The spotted leopard that was rescued by national park officers at Endau-Rompin national park in 2003. It has since been sent to the Malacca Zoo.

He added that the animal, which had injuries to its rear due to shotgun pellets, had been rescued and sent to the Malacca Zoo.

Chow was commenting on a recent article quoting Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia programme director Dr Melvin T. Gumal as reporting the first official documentation of the animal based on captured images using state-of-the-art camera traps at the Endau-Rompin national park.

Chow said the sightings of the animal were nothing new although the species remained on the endangered list.

“The animal has been known to roam the forests here. This is a well-known fact among scientists and nature conservationists,” he said.

He also believed that national park authorities should be more discreet about the numbers of animals roaming there as it could spark the interest of poachers.

“Information about the whereabouts of these animals should be kept secret.

“A well-connected poacher can walk across state borders and into national parks in search of these animals, most of which are seriously endangered,” he added.

Chow urged the authorities to step up their efforts to keep these animals safe for them to be appreciated by future generations.

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