Art For Grabs: Fifty Shades of Green


Poster artwork by Ronnie Khoo of Ohsum Mossum Terrariums.

WILL OUR PLANET SURVIVE US? Some say yes, but only when humans become extinct. This may become a reality, given the rate at which we are going. So, let’s stop fighting lah over who is the master of the land and let’s give Earth a fighting chance instead.

Joining Jaya One’s Earth Hour programmes, Art For Grabs presents 90 art and activism booths, featuring DIY art & crafts, plus environmental and social causes. Is there more that we can do together beyond saying no to plastic bags and logging? Come meet fellow Malaysians out to save our Earth; one home, one company and one state at a time.

Sponsored by Selangor State Government – Standing Committee of Standing Committee of Tourism, Environment, Green Technology & Consumer Affairs, and Jaya One.

Ps. No plastic bags provided. Bring your own bags. Or buy a nice one here!

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Mar 2017
12pm – 8pm daily
The School, Ground Floor, Jaya One,
Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya

Poster artwork by Ronnie Khoo of Ohsum Mossum Terrariums.

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Forum by Fashion Revolution Malaysia
The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Before purchasing your next batik outfit, it matters for you to know how, where, and who makes the fabric you are buying. Get to know the environmental issues surrounding batik making in Malaysia and the unseen challenges faced by its workers.
Fern Chua (Batik Designer)
Maryam Samirah Shamsuddin, Founder of Cotton + Sago
Moderated by: Sasibai Kimis, Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Malaysia

Art For Grabs very own open mic session for anyone with a poem, a song or a manifesto to share. Get in touch with

Forum by Art For Grabs
The Orang Asli says the forests are their homelands. The state says the forests are theirs to finance development. The Forestry Department says they have the rights over forests reserves. The timber companies say they are granted the right to log. What do you say?
Moderated by Colin Nicholas (Centre for Orang Asli Concerns).

Forum by Amnesty International Malaysia
Torture is not part of any operating procedure in Malaysia neither is it legal. BUT, it still happens. Looking back at how torture is used in Malaysia, this panel addresses how do we Malaysians justify its existence and its usage. More importantly, do WE feel safer because of it?

By If Walls Could Talk – Poetry Open Mic
Marking International Women’s Day this month, witness the powerful voices of Kuala Lumpur’s women spoken word poets. Featuring: Cat Brogan (UK), Afi Noor, Dhabitah Zainal, Anjali Venugopal, Hana Sudradjat,Gwendoline Esther Hay, Meninder Kaur and musical performance byBeverly Matujal. Hosted by Melizarani T. Selva.

by Jaya One
Jaya One joins the worldwide movement for the symbolic shutting down of lights for one hour. Featuring Fusion Wayang Kulit, plus celebrity appearances and performances, including Amber Chia, Dennis Yin, Jazel Lim, and Shawn Lee.

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Wynnee’s Home Farm Bokashi Talk and Demonstration
Learn the art of ‘Bokashi’, a Japanese alternative to traditional composting from avid gardener Wynnee Goh. Suitable for apartment dwellers and homes without a backyard, the talk will cover the various ways of preparing Bokashi and what its byproducts can be used for. Participants will also learn how to make their own Bokashi Bin after the talk.

Presenting Minahs’ and Ah Chung’s Solutions to Plastic Bag Pollution!
Going green is a lot more than not using plastic bags. Be part of the conversation on how you can start your own campaign and organise your own green initiatives with nothing more than your family, your community, and your collective desire to see some changes around here.
#TakNakStraw Campaign founders Carolyn Joan Lau and Mareena Yahya Kerschot
Zero Waste Malaysia administrator Sue Yee Khor
UrbanR Recycle Collection co founder Vincent Chung
Arts practitioner Lorna Henderson Omar
Hosted by: Pang Khee Teik

Forum by Projek Dialog
Explore a critical rethinking of human-animal relationships in the Malaysian context, where some of our most biodiverse lands are being destroyed. What are some of our most damaging misconceptions of the human-animal divide? Does religion distort that distinction, in how it always ends up privileging humans over all earthlings?

Presented by Chevening Talk Series
Any change for the planet has to start small, be it with one individual or organisation. The Chevening Talk Series on Climate Change will explore the bigger picture of the Selangor state government’s green policy and how to integrate ethical eco-friendly practices within companies and individual lives.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Zatashah of Selangor
YB Elizabeth Wong, Selangor’s Green Technology and Environment Committee Chairman
Lavanya Iyer, Head of Policy & Climate Change at WWF-Malaysia
Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Founder of The Body Shop Malaysia
Moderated by Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights
Register to RSVP:

TOXIC FREE SELANGOR: Launch of E-Waste Recycling Programme
By Selangor Environmental Alliance
As part of an ongoing campaign since 2015 to reduce harmful chemicals in the grounds, the Selangor State Government has been supporting initiatives to collect electronic wastes. We welcome you to our latest phase: the Launch of E- Waste Recycling Program, where the public can drop their small e-waste such as light bulbs, batteries, CDs, power adapters, handphones, mouse, keyboards, etc. Come join us for this environmental milestone as the state government shoulders the responsibility together with the rakyat.
Guest of honour: YB Elizabeth Wong.

by The Malaysian Bar Council
A total of 242 detainees died in police custody between the year 2000 to 2014 based on SUHAKAM reports. As the Bar Council renews its call for the Government to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, join the discussion as we ask the question: What happens when our law enforcers are found to have broken the law?

A Culture of Impunity is a Threat to Malaysia’s Natural Environment

Source: Clean Malaysia

Pervasive corruption and a culture of impunity in Malaysia are a threat not only to the country’s social environment but to its natural environment as well. Photo Credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery

Despoiled soil. Poisoned water. Polluted air. The bauxite mining fiasco in Pahang triggered a massive environmental disaster in Kuantan last year. Yet if you were to have asked local officials about who had been responsible, you would have received the usual response: “Not us!”

Earlier this year a couple of officials were indeed held responsible for their parts in allowing unlicensed operators to break the law. The two officials, who worked for the state’s Land and Mines Office, were charged at the Special Courts for Corruption in Kuantan for allegedly accepting bribes to turn a blind eye to illegal bauxite mining activities.

Fadly Abd Malek, an assistant land officer, was slapped with two charges of corruption for having allegedly accepted RM35,000 and RM30,000 in bribes from a local miner, respectively last November and in January, in return for allowing the miner’s illegal activities to go unimpeded. If convicted, Fadly could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of five times the transacted amount. Syed Umar Khalil Syed Khalid, assistant director of enforcement, is facing a charge of complicity in the crime by accepting RM30,000 from the same miner. Both Fadly and Syed, who are out on bail, pleaded not guilty.

How about anyone else? It’s hardly feasible, after all, that only these two gentlemen were involved in turning a blind eye to rampant illegal bauxite mining activities throughout last year. True to form, however, Pahang’s senior government officials have denied any wrongdoing and refused to take any responsibility for the massive environmental damage that happened on their watch. The state’s MB, Adnan Yaakob, defended his administration’s actions, which had been widely decried as halfhearted and ineffectual, and stressed he did not want to “play the blame game.” Presumably he meant either “stop blaming me” or “don’t ask me to blame any of my esteemed colleagues,” or both. In any event, his stance highlighted the entrenched culture of impunity among senior officials in Malaysia. Read more

Long-term damage hard to fix

Source: The Star Online

The backlogged bauxite stockpile seen at Kuantan Port. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 17, 2016.

PETALING JAYA, 17 Feb 2016: While Kuantan may be seeing some improvement to its environment following the moratorium against bauxite mining, academics say the long-term damage may be much harder to fix.

United Nations University research fellow Prof Dr Jamal Hisham Hashim said unless the mining areas were rehabilitated, a temporary ban on bauxite mining would not be enough to fix things.

He said rehabilitation meant measures like refilling mines and repairing damage to roads and neighbourhoods near mines.

“Rehabilitation isn’t likely, especially not by illegal miners. They can leave it to the land owners to clean up the mess,” he said, during a forum on sustainable bauxite mining at University Malaya here on Tuesday. Read more

Bauxite mining polluting Pahang’s drinking water, scientist warns

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Unregulated bauxite mining in Pahang had caused severe environmental pollution and raised concerns over the health of those living in affected areas. — Bernama pic

Unregulated bauxite mining in Pahang had caused severe environmental pollution and raised concerns over the health of those living in affected areas. — Bernama pic

PETALING JAYA, Feb 17 — Poor practises in bauxite mining in Pahang have exposed the people in the affected areas to various health threats, say scientists and academics studying the issue.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Assoc Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed said the mining had contaminated the people’s drinking water with heavy metals, which were dangerous to consume.

“Almost all the water for consumption in Kuantan is drawn downstream from the mines.

“The full impact of this is not appreciated as water samples drawn for testing by the Department of Environment were not from rivers used for drinking water,” he said.

Speaking at a forum on bauxite mining organised by Malaysian Academy of Science and University Malaya yesterday, Maketab warned that a rash of severe health conditions could break out.   Read more

Baram dam on hold for now, says Sarawak CM

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem says while the Baram Dam project is put on hold for now, he hopes that those who oppose the project will not regret their decision in the future. — The Rakyat Post File pic

The Sarawak government has decided for now to put on hold the controversial Baram hydroelectric dam in Baram, Miri, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

He said this was because the people in Baram did not welcome the project. Read more

Logging focus of debate on Karak landslide

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Persatuan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) claims this photo of a tree stump proves that logging was the cause of the landslide. ― Malay Mail pic

Persatuan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) claims this photo of a tree stump proves that logging was the cause of the landslide. ― Malay Mail pic

BENTONG, Nov 16 — The Karak Highway, closed since a landslide on Wednesday evening, officially opened to traffic again yesterday afternoon as the debate over whether logging was responsible for the disaster heats up.

Environmental group, Persatuan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka), which has been leading the charge against logging in the area, yesterday claimed to have evidence of what caused the landslide.

“Activists from Peka had been there the day after the landslide occurred and we have photographs of tree stumps which indicated logging activities were indeed present in the area. It is a shame the reporters can’t see it for themselves,” said its president, Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, after she and a group of journalist were refused entry into the disaster site by Forestry Department officers yesterday. Read more

Logging could be behind Karak landslide, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Workers survey an affected area before bringing in machinery to clear the logs and rocks. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

Workers survey an affected area before bringing in machinery to clear the logs and rocks. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — The logs that washed out during the Karak Highway landslide indicates that excessive land clearing may have caused the disaster, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said.

Local daily The Star also reported Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof as saying that he could not confirm the cause behind Wednesday’s landslide without first speaking to the Pahang state government.

“I cannot confirm it’s logging,” he was quoted saying. Read more

Siasatan ambil masa dua minggu

Sumber: Utusan Online

BENTONG 12 Nov. – Kementerian Kerja Raya akan berbincang de­ngan kerajaan negeri bagi mencari punca sebenar kejadian banjir lumpur di Kilometer 52.5 Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur-Karak semalam bagi memastikan kejadian itu tidak berulang.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof berkata, kerjasama itu bagi melihat secara menyeluruh berhubung kejadian itu termasuk kemungkinan berlaku aktiviti pene­bangan hutan yang tidak mengikut peraturan ditetapkan.

Menurutnya, siasatan tentang kejadian banjir lumpur itu dijangka mengambil masa kira-kira dua minggu memandangkan kawasan siasatan yang agak jauh dan berbukit.

Beliau yang tidak menolak kemungkinan terdapat aktiviti pene­bangan hutan, berharap tindakan tegas diambil jika terdapat kegiatan berkenaan yang tidak mengikut garis panduan ditetapkan di kawasan hutan berhampiran. Read more

Education for the Orang Asli, the community way

Source: New Sunday Times | 1 November 2015
Reproduced courtesy of Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)

A community learning centre for the Semai Orang Asli in Kampung Tual near Raub, Pahang, run by Orang Asli teachers, is successfully educating children and the community, writes Suzanna Pillay. 

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