Conservation contributions

POLICY OUTPUTS

2017: Contributed to strengthening the Terengganu State Park Enactment 1986.

2015: Initiated proposal to the Terengganu Mufti Department to issue Malaysia’s first ever fatwa against illegal hunting on 26 Nov 2015.

2012: Initiated proposal to the Malaysian State government of Terengganu to freeze development along the highway in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor on 07 Nov 2012.

2012: Initiated proposal to the Malaysian State government of Terengganu to ban hunting of flying foxes on 18 Jan 2012.

2009: Contributed inputs to improve the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Act as a working group member in the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers. The improved Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 is now in force.

IMPROVED PROTECTION OF SPECIES AND HABITATS

2016: Lobbied for the protection of 15,000 ha in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor as a Wildlife Sanctuary, which was finally gazetted (No. 682) under the National Forestry Act on 23 June 2016.

2011-present: Working with Malaysian state and federal government agencies to: 1) monitor population trends of tigers and other large carnivores; 2) improve wildlife legislation; 3) increase patrols to reduce poaching; and 4) increase local community awareness of wildlife conservation through Islam in and around the Greater Taman Negara Landscape. Results to date include 43 snares deactivated, 18 poachers (7 in 2014 and 5 in 2015 and 6 in 2016) and convicted.

2010-present: Co-founded a non-profit research group known as Rimba. Apart from developing evidence-based solutions for the government to mitigate threats to Malaysia wildlife, the group aims to build scientific capacity among current/future biologists by taking them on as volunteers or providing research tips online.

2015 Contributed to the rejection of a DEIA of a limestone karst in Kelantan (Chiku 7) for a proposed cement plant.

2011-2012 Formed a daily flying fox patrol for two months to deter the illegal hunting of threatened colonies of large flying foxes (Pteropus vampyrus) during their flight from their seasonal roost in Kuala Berang, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Three illegal hunters were been deterred.

2007-2010 Led the Wildlife Protection Unit (WPU) in WWF-Malaysia to deter poaching in the Belum-Temengor Forest complex. During the WPU’s operation, more than 130 snares were deactivated, 10 poachers were arrested, 2 foreign encroachment camps were destroyed and 1 tiger was rescued.

2007-2010 Developed awareness projects that helped increase the tolerance of rural communities towards crop-raiding elephants and empowered them with non-violent tools to mitigate potential conflict.

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