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?