Eco Warriors Malaysia

Here is an ongoing compilation of posts related to grassroots environmental activism and heroism in Malaysia:

Wild Asia Heroes: Tijah Yok Chopil Tijah Yok Chopil, an indigenous woman of the Semai tribe has devoted her life to empowering and uniting the once-scattered Orang Asli’s of Peninsular Malaysia. Her dedication led to the historic 3,000-strong protest at Putrajaya in March 2010.

Wild Asia Heroes – The Bukit Koman Community The  300-odd families of the Bukit Koman community have been fighting an uphill battle to protect their community and the environment from potential contamination by a gold mining facility in their village. Video link here

Forest Rangers – Unsung Heroes of the Wilderness They are trained law enforcement officers and ecologists, and their work demands that they spend long hours alone in the forests of peninsular Malaysia and are at the battlefront against illegal loggers, many of whom are organised syndicates, who plunder the nation’s forests for selfish gains.

Harrison Ngau Laing, a Dayak Kayan tribe member, took a stand against the Malaysian logging industry in the late 1980s which was clearing five square miles per day, the fastest rate of deforestation in the world. Sarawak, Ngau’s community, accounted for 40 percent of Malaysia’s total log production. He continues to struggle for the rights of the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Gurmit Singh - Series of Malaysian Climate Heroes in Cancun COP16, Chairman of CETDEM, Centre for Environment, Technology and Development with focus areas of Climate Change, Organic Farming, Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Transport

Lim Li Ching – GMO Free Free Biosafety Expert at Third World Network in the movement for sustainable agriculture.

Conversation with an Activist: Raymond Tan is an activist for the Orang Asli of Selangor. He is fighting for the Temuans of Mukim Tanjung 12 to get what they and he feels, is rightfully theirs.


If you know of eco warriors, environmental activists or changemakers in Malaysia that you would like us to include in the list, please leave a comment here with the article link if possible, or write to info[at]


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