Rainforest is destroyed for palm oil plantations on Malaysia’s island state of Sarawak – Telegraph

Elaeocarpus holopetalus - Mount Imlay Rainforest

Elaeocarpus holopetalus – Mount Imlay Rainforest (Photo credit: Poytr)

Pongo pygmaeus

Pongo pygmaeus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ongoing deforestation and palm oil pl...

English: Ongoing deforestation and palm oil plantations leave no room for the orang-utan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

oil palms in malaysia

oil palms in malaysia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This a powerful message from the Telegraph. Check it out!

Rainforest is destroyed for palm oil plantations on Malaysia’s island state of Sarawak – Telegraph.

Today, we have heard the results of yesterday’s general election in Malaysia; the Coalition are back in power with a lower majority; this is not good news for the rain-forest and wildlife.

Rain-forest deforestation in favor of  palm oil cultivation and production will continue unless there is real pressure for change.

The election has highlighted corruption in Malaysia’s two states in Borneo – Sarawak and Sabah, where politicians have accepted bribes to develop the rain-forest.

There are young people in Malaysia, of all races who care. The international community needs to focus attention on Malaysia too, supporting those Malaysian’s who care about the rain-forest and the wildlife.

What can the international community do to help protect the rain-forest and the animals?

Here are two examples:

  • Focus on Malaysia wildlife tourism being misrepresented and inaccurate; with the huge falls in wildlife over  the last ten years, more and more wildlife tourism is enclosures or quasi- zoos – this is very different from the rain-forest, the natural habitat; major Western travel companies probably need to be more careful with accuracy win descriptions of  wildlife tourism
  • Encourage children around the World to sponsor endangered animals, like those in Malaysia.

What do you think?

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