Penang’s Rich Nature is Free for All to Perceive – and Preserve

By Dato' Dr. Saw Leng Guan, Dr. Sazlina Salleh, Dr. Ng Shin Wei, Tan Choo Eng, Allen Tan

January 2022 FEATURE
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A couple of Greater Crested Tern. Photo by Tan Choo Eng
MODERN HUMANS ARE very guilty of taking Mother Nature and her offerings of ecosystem services for granted. Industrialisation and urbanisation, despite having given Penang significant financial wealth, have also had adverse effects of whittling down its rich biodiversity.There is urgent need for the Penang State Government to intervene before it is too late, by institutionalising and strengthening efforts, for example through the set-up of a Biodiversity Centre to draft environmental policies and coordinate actions for the holistic guarding of Penang’s...

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Dato' Dr. Saw Leng Guan

is a biodiversity expert with particular interest in Malaysian plants and ecology. He was formerly from the Forest Research Institute Malaysia and curator of the Penang Botanic Gardens.

Dr. Sazlina Salleh

is a senior lecturer with the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies. She has a solid teaching portfolio and a research background in marine ecology, biodiversity and primary productivity.

Dr. Ng Shin Wei

is a Project Manager at the Penang Green Council. She has more than 13 years of experience in climate change and sustainable development policies.

Tan Choo Eng

is Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society (Penang Branch) and of the Bird Conservation Council, MNS; and is an Advisor to the Penang National Park. He was appointed as a City Councillor for the Seberang Perai City Council in 2020-2021.

Allen Tan

is a lawyer by training and an environmentalist by accident. He is proud to be working through The Habitat to prove that business can be a force for good.