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Monday, July 24, 2017

talk The Malaria Detective

Dear members & friends

You are invited to a talk entitled The Malaria Detective.

 Speaker :Professor Dr Balbir Singh from Unimas University
 Date: 17 August 2017
 Topic: The Malaria Detective
 Time: 7.30-9pm
 Venue:  Islamic Information Centre (Lower Baruk)
             Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

 Registration: MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at: 

Cost: Free of Charge.You may walk in and bring your friends.

Prof Balbir Singh is the director of the Malaria Research Centre (MRC) at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He graduated with BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool. He began working on malaria in 1984 as a postdoctoral scientist at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. He joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1992 and 7 years later moved to UNIMAS. The team that he leads at MRC studies the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, the people that are infected and their clinical features. His team’s most significant discovery has been that there is a monkey malaria parasite causing malaria in humans and these infections are potentially fatal. He has been invited to give numerous talks at conferences in Europe, USA and Australasia, has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
Description of talk entitled Malaria Detectives:
Infections of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium knowlesi were thought to be restricted to long- tailed and pig-tailed macaques in nature, until it was discovered that there was a large number of human cases in the Kapit Division of Sarawak. The talk will begin with an introduction to malaria followed by how the malaria detectives at UNIMAS undertook investigations that lead to the discovery of this large focus of human infections. The history of this parasite will be described together with details of further investigations involving monkeys, mosquitoes and humans. These show that humans in Southeast Asia get infected with P. knowlesi by being bitten by mosquitoes that acquire the malaria parasite from monkeys. Recently this ‘monkey malaria parasite’ has become the most common type among malaria patients in Sarawak and Sabah, and poses a hurdle in efforts to eradicate malaria.

Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Committee

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Dear nature lovers,

Marine litter is one of the most pervasive issues currently facing our rivers, lakes, beaches, and the ocean, from the quality of our drinking water to the health of our communities, to the hazards imposed on our wildlife and even our economy. Therefore, MNSKB has taken on the challenging quest to make a change, and has established a project called Trash2Gather. 

Trash2Gather is a project under Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) with the vision to reduce the amount of rubbish present in our estuarine waterways in South Western Sarawak within a period of 5 years.

The project aims to mobilize between 700 – 1500 community members and volunteers to clean beaches and estuarine areas by 2022.
Besides the cleaning of beaches and estuarine areas, other activities such as talks and campaigns will create awareness about the amount of rubbish present in our estuarine waterways and the consequences of such pollution among the communities and the general public.
Ultimately the project also targets to reduce the amount of rubbish produced through the 5Rs: Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Refuse – Repair.

 Organize regularly repeating clean-up events in selected areas to reduce the current state of pollution
 Collaborate with issue-related organizations and government departments to find long-term solutions to rubbish collection problems in selected areas
 Promote the 5 R’s (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Refuse – Repair) by demonstrating examples and encouragement through incentives
 Monitor developments and provide feedback

In order to ensure this project is a success, we would like to call MNSKB members to show your commitment to protect our natural resources and support the Trash2Gather project. Support can be cash donations, cleaning materials and tools, or volunteering hands-on during clean-up events.

Here are the details for the first clean-up event to kick-start the 5 year project:

Program Name: Trash2Gather
Date: 20th May, 2017
Venue: Kampong Bako
Number of Pax: Estimated 50 pax

If you are interested to donate, join the team or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Trash2Gather@gmail.com or call our project facilitators Alcila Abby (+6014 6881301) or Nicki Neuner (+6019 8550375).

You can also register online by following this link:

Thanks & regards from the Trash2Gather team!
Love Life Love Nature

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Talk on Waste Management

Dear Members & Friends,

Disposal of solid waste is a major environmental concern in Sarawak. Types of waste include residential, industrial (Samalaju Industrial Park), commercial, construction, demolition and wood waste from timber processing.

Presently about 2.187 metric tonnes per day of municipal wastes are collected and landfilled in Sarawak.There is no separation of waste at source but people can do it on a voluntary basis. There is a limited infrastructure for recycling. 
Besides landfills, there are no less than 39 open dumps in Sarawak where solid wastes are collected and landfilled by local aulthorities. Some villagers who live outside the jurisdiction of the local authorities, throw rubbish into the river, causing water pollution.

Do we continue to rely on landfills?  In order to prevent and avoid waste, we can  Reduce, Repair,  Reuse and Recycle.  Sarawak needs to turn wastes into a valuable resource.  We throw away a lot of food – organic wastes form 40% of the waste, which  can be recycled into fertilizers, for example.

 Come and find out more  at our Public Awareness Talk:- 
 Topic: Waste Management
 By: Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd
Date:        Friday 5th May 2017
Time:        7.30pm
Venue:     Citrus 1, 5th Floor, Limetree Hotel, Jalan Padungan Kuching
Cost:      Free of Charge. You may walk in and bring your friends.
Registration: MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at 

Trienekens manages Kuching Waste Management Park Mambong landfill, which  is one of the 8 sanitary landfills in Sarawak  where municipal and scheduled wastes, including hazardous and pathological wastes,  are treated and landfilled.
Best regards,
Cynthia Lobato

Monday, April 10, 2017

Talk on Solid Waste & Air Pollution

Dear Members & Friends,

It is everyone’s responsibility  to keep our environment clean and healthy.
Who sets the guidelines?  Are there any policies on segregation of waste? 
What about pollution in our rivers that affect  humans, marine life  and wildlife?
Are we breathing in polluted air?
Come and find out at our Public Awareness Talk:-

Title:        Solid Waste & Air Pollution

Speaker:  Mr Peter Sawal

Date:        Wednesday 19th April 2017
Time:        7.00pm
Venue:      Citrus 1, 5th Floor, Limetree Hotel, Jalan Padungan Kuching
 Cost:       Free of Charge.  You may walk in and bring your friends.
  • Registration:  MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at 

Mr Peter Sawal has been the   Controller of  Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak since 2009. He  has  many years of working experience with State agencies in Sarawak. He has presented numerous environmental-related papers at state, national and international conferences. He is involved in  environment, waste and coastal zone management.
Many people are not aware of toxic waste, clinical waste,  industrial waste and construction waste, and how these are managed. People outside the local councils’ jurisdiction do not have proper waste disposal  facilities and continue to throw rubbish into the rivers, thus polluting them.
Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Committee

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bird Watching in Sarawak talk

Dear Members and friends,

You are invited to a Talk.

Title:         Bird Watching in Sarawak
Speaker:   Mr Yeo Siew Teck

Date:        Sunday 9 April 2017
Time:        7.00pm
Venue:      Islamic Information Centre
                 Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

Registration:  MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at 

Cost:    Free of Charge.  You may walk in and bring your friends.

Bird Watching in Sarawak
A big part  of Borneo’s 650 bird species have been recorded in Sarawak, including most of Borneo’s endemics such as the Bornean Bristlehead, Blue-banded Pitta and Black Oriole.  Sarawak has the highest number of national parks and nature reserves in Malaysia, with over 600,000 ha of totally protected areas. From lowlands and shorelines to cold mossy forests at the  highlands such as Ba’kelalan, Payeh Maga and Bario Highlands to the very important  coasts of Bako-Buntal Bay, where shorebirds come annually.
Yeo Siew Teck is a long-time member of MNS Kuching Branch.  He first got interested in birding through MNSKB and has not stopped since.  He is with Cat City Holidays Sdn Bhd and is one of the few tour operators that sells birding tours in Sarawak.  
Through his experience in bird-guiding, birding tours overseas, he continues to gain birding expertise, especially in imitating bird calls.  He represented the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture,  Sarawak several times in promoting birding tourism overseas, and continues to do so. Siew Teck has often been invited to give talks at  tourism-related workshops.
Come along to find out about the beautiful birds in our forests, and why we should protect the habitats where they live. You will be thrilled to bits by the beauty of these birds.  You  might be converted to a birder one day, and help to protect the environment and the birds. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Public Awareness Talk on Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak

Dear Members and friends,

You are invited to a public awareness Talk.

Title:         The Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak
Speaker:   Mr Oswald Braken Tisen
Date:        Saturday 25th March 2017
Time:        7.00pm
Venue:      Islamic Information Centre
                 Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

Registration:  MNSKB Member, please register with Secretariat at mnskuching@gmail.com

Cost:    Free of Charge
            Please bring your friends to this very important Talk.

The Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak

Despite  the recent  downlisting  of salt crocodiles in Sarawak from Appendix I to Appendix II under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of  Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES), crocodiles remain  protected  under the  Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.  They are primitive animals,  presently estimated at 14,000 individuals.  Crocodiles are   found in many of Sarawak’s rivers.  In Kuching, they are found in 
Sg Santubong, Sg Bako and Sg Sarawak.
Owing to human and crocodile conflict,  culling of crocodiles is being carried out by the authorities, which may extend to issuing licences to the public to do that as well.  

Details of harvesting and licensing of  crocodiles have yet to be set by the authorities where the meat and skin can be sold in the international market to generate income.  What is the status on the conservation of crocodiles?
Come and listen to our public awareness Talk by Mr Oswald Braken Tisen, Deputy Manager of Sarawak Forestry Corporation, who attended the Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES organized  in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.

Love Life,Love Nature,
Cynthia Lobato MNSKB Committee

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Suara Enggang

Dear MNS members,
We are pleased to announce that the January 2017 issue of Suara Enggang is out for your reading pleasure. You can now download a copy from http://www.mns.my/file_dir/61275209358be177a82c03.pdf

·         Bird Conservation Ccouncil Members 
·         Notes from the field
-       Asian Paradise Flycatcher Cuckooed by the Rusty-Breasted Cuckoo!
-       Birds Trapped in Spider Webs
·         International News
·         Fectures 
-      Birding Hotspots: Penang Island 16
-      Oversea’s Birding: Sri Lankan Serendipity
·         Recent Reports: Jan-Dec 2016
·         Books

With warmest regards from the editorial team
(on behalf of Bird Conservation Council of Malaysia - BCC)