Fishing for the Future

By Carolyn Hong

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Conservation often starts – and works best – with communities wishing to protect their environment.Some fish are tame enough to let themselves be held by Raut Kading for a few seconds.Bounding down the rocks, Raut Kading swings an empty plastic bottle that he brought with him. As he reaches the banks of the Tengoa River, he smacks the bottle gently against the rocks, breaking the silence with dull hollow thuds.Immediately, as if by magic, the river begins frothing and churning.Fish,...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.