Dr Matthew Ashfold (University of Nottingham Malaysia) and I were interviewed by Juliet Jacobs on Earth Matters, BFM, about climate education and action in Malaysia. We introduced Bite-Size Climate Action, which is a series of free, fun, and flexible online modules designed to inspire Malaysian youth to act for the climate. The project was developed by a group of educators and students from Universiti Malaya and Uniersity of Nottingham Malaysia. Listen to the podcast here.
Michael Taylor from Thomson Reuters Foundation News recently me on my views related to the recent shelving (again) of the proposed Malaysian Transboundary Haze Law. The full article can be found here.
Under Minister Yeo Bee Yin’s leadership (2019-2020), MESTECC was trying to push forward a transboundary haze law modelled after (but not cut-and-paste!) a similar law in Singapore, in an attempt to achieve more meaningful outcomes on haze prevention in the region. However, the current Minister of the (Renamed) KASA/MEWA Ministry just announced in parliament that the act has been shelved.
I was asked by BFM Radio to comment on this development. The podcast of this interview is available here.
Najah Onn (Footprint Mechanics), Deborah Germaine Augustin (New Naratif) and I were interviewd by Michael Frantzen from Deutschlandfunk Kultur, the National German Radio Network, on our civil society-level efforts towards a better environment in Malaysia. We talked about our collective engagements via CERAH Anti-Haze Action group and New Naratif, and touched topics ranging from haze, palm oil, and plastic pollution. The full interview ran on radio and also appears in article format here, in an article entitled “Palm Oil and Plastic in Malaysia: Resistance to Garbage and Toxic Smoke” in the German language.
Another (individual) interview was with Mr Janis Wicke of the German Online Magazine südostasien which translates to Southeast Asia, on the haze-producing fires affecting the region last year. The full interview (in the German language, entitled “Peatsols Are Almost Pure Fuel”, can be found here.
I was asked to share my views in light of recent palm oil trade tensions between Malaysia and India. The full article by Tim Daubach is available on Eco-Busines here.
The Southeast Asian region once again experienced transboundary haze in 2019, with Malaysia experiencing especially bad days in September. I was called upon by various media outlets to give my views on the haze and related issues including plantation involvement, need for extraterritorial laws, effectiveness of ASEAN, and Jokowi’s leadership.
Here is a selected list of news articles, TV and radio slots I was involved in during that time:
- ASEAN needs to deal with root physical, political cause of forest fire, haze — Don (Bernama)
- By the numbers: Economic impact of Southeast Asia’s haze (Al Jazeera Impact)
- As status quo fails, experts moot long arm of law to punish haze culprits (Malay Mail)
- Action against wildfires stymied (China Daily)
- Haze-free ASEAN coming soon? (The ASEAN Post)
- ‘Children worst hit by haze from Indonesian forest fires’ (Scie Dev Net)
- Indonesia sets global example on fighting forest fires (World Economic Forum)
- Air pollution in Sarawak, Malaysia, reaches hazardous levels (CGTN)
- Nearly 900,000 Indonesians suffer breathing issues due to haze (South China Morning Post)
- Hazed by the smog: Where does Asia’s air pollution come from? (.LAH!)
- The haze is back. Can Malaysia and Indonesia clear the air? (South China Morning Post)
- SE Asia urged to cooperate on taking firms to task over fire haze (Reuters)
- Southeast Asia struggles to tackle haze despite long-term dangers (Al Jazeera)
- Haze Knows No Boundaries (BFM Morning Run)
- The Haze Is Back (BFM Morning Run)
- Indonesia fires releasing more carbon than Australia’s annual emissions (ABC Sunday Extra)
- Jerebu dan kesan kepada ekonomi dan pelaburan di Malaysia (ASTRO Awani)
- Indonesia haze: What it’s like breathing in Asia’s hazardous smoke (BBC)
- Haze – No Relief in Sight? (ASTRO Awani Consider This)
- Some palm oil industry practices do cause fires that create haze: Expert (CNA News)
- No Smoke Without Fire: The Politics of Haze in Southeast Asia (Between The Lines)
- Here’s How Much The Haze Costs Us (Between The Lines)
I was interviewed by Mr Nithin Coca from OZY News on my opinions on Jokowi and his administration’s performance on combating forest fires and haze this year. The full article can be seen here.
I was recently interviewed by Mr Michael Taylor from the Thomson Reuters Foundation on my views of the most recent fire and haze events. The full article can be found here..
In March 2019, I was interviewed by Joe Sandler Clarke of Unearthed, Greenpeace’s journalism project, for my views on the developing EU palm oil ban. The full article is available here.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus kindly invited me to moderate a MINDSET public talk on the topic of “Haze-Free ASEAN 2020?: National and Local Strategies and Challenges in Managing Fires and Haze in Indonesia”. The panelists were two of my friends and colleagues, Dr Rini Astuti, a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and Mr. Alfajri, lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Universitas Abdurrab, Riau.
The event was also picked up by the Astro AWANI sattelite TV channel, who invited us to continue to discussion on their late night English talk show, “Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan”. The episode, entitled “Haze: More Than The Air We Breathe” was aired at 10pm pm 1 February 2019. The entire clip can be viewed here.