Timber firms are set to receive millions of ringgit in soft loans from the government under a "reforestation" programme. In this article for IPS, I discussed two questions: Why should profitable timber firms receive soft loans, which in effect...
Australia is so huge and yet Lynas Corporation could not find anywhere suitable there and instead chose Gebeng, Kuantan for its rare earth refinery - and its waste. Lynas, please explain to us again why you are not...
Concerned Penangites distributed leaflets yesterday calling for a halt to projects to 'upgrade' the Penang Botanic Garden which have resulted in more concrete structures, including two large arches at the entrance. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 They came face-to-face with federal and state government officials...
No need for concrete, glass and steel. The Khasi tribe in Meghalaya state in north-eastern India have come up with an innovative means of building bridges that are in harmony with Nature. This is sustainable architecture at its...
My sources tell me that the PGCC developer's consultants said yesterday they would avoid cutting down the trees along Scotland Road but admitted that some angsana trees would have to make way for the road widening/flyover work, especially near...
Have a look at what could have been possible instead of the ugly concrete structures in the Penang Botanic Garden. This is the concrete office block sprouting up along the road near the Penang Botanic Garden http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 And this is some...
As petrol pump prices rise steadily (another increase in RON 97 price has just been reported), here's a less well known trend: Malaysian oil production has been gradually falling since peaking in 2004. This graph should be of concern to...
The Malaysian economy has entered a critical phase. Integrated into the global trading system as part of an export-led economy and driven by foreign direct investment, the economy today is feeling the effects of a global slowdown. Compounding the...
By now, most of you would probably have received an email (perhaps more than once) pointing out the uncanny parallels between the assassinations of US presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. I thought I would do a similar exercise for the Selangor...
The PGCC coffin has been lowered into its final resting place. Equine Capital has sold its 25 per cent stake in Abad Naluri, the developer of the aborted Penang Global City Centre project, to Kiara Ikhtisas Sdn Bhd...

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