The Puan Sri who is fighting for our forests

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This filepic shows Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil at the Hulu Teranum Forest Reserve in Raub which was believed to have been affected by illegal logging. Photo: Bernama, taken from Star2

This filepic shows Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil at the Hulu Teranum Forest Reserve in Raub which was believed to have been affected by illegal logging. Photo: Bernama, taken from Star2

When a massive landslide hit the Karak Highway in Peninsular Malaysia in November 2015, she declared that this was due to the clearing of a nearby forest (something that the authorities denied).

When locals complained that waters near Taman Negara, Pahang, were getting silted up, she led a media expedition up the Tembeling river to expose the logging going on there.

She has spoken out against deforestation not only in Pahang, but also elsewhere.

I first met Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil during a press conference highlighting logging at the Sungai Gapoi Forest in Karak. She seemed a bit like a city slicker slightly out of a place in a remote kampung, but she delivered a fiery speech about something she was clearly passionate about – saving the forests. And this is why we are featuring her as one of the remarkable women in Malaysia who have made a mark in their fields, in this case, the environment.

Ever since her youth, Sabrina has been a nature lover and an outdoor person.

Born and raised in Penang, one of her frequent “playgrounds” was Penang Hill where she often went trekking. She has also scaled, among others, Mount Kinabalu and Gunung Nuang in Selangor.

Thus, it was only natural that in 2010, Sabrina founded the environmental group Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka). Read more

Activist’s daughter fights back, claims Malaysians living in fear

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Sharifah Fareena says her mother's arrest shows that freedom of speech and expression are not accepted in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

Sharifah Fareena says her mother’s arrest shows that freedom of speech and expression are not accepted in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Environmentalist Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil’s daughter has spoken up against her mother’s arrest, calling it another form of injustice.

Sharifah Fareena Syed Yusof in a statement posted by Sabrina on her Facebook, said she was saddened by the incident that saw her mother locked up for three days, and decided to fight back against those who condemned activists that are speaking for the voiceless. Read more

Two environmental activists nabbed for ‘insulting’ Johor Sultan

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Facebook posting criticising logging activities in Johor cited by police as reason for arrests of Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia president and administrator. Pic from FMT News.

Facebook posting criticising logging activities in Johor cited by police as reason for arrests of Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia president and administrator. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Two pro-environment activists have been arrested by Johor police, believed to be over a Facebook posting highlighting environmental issues in the state.

According to Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, and the organisation’s administrator Norhayati Shahrom had allegedly insulted Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar through the said post.

He did not name the duo, but their identities were revealed in a statement by Peka Selangor exco member Karin Lee last night. Read more