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on 15 Sep, 16:07

March to Indonesian Embassy to deliver Haze memo

March to Indonesian Embassy to deliver Haze memo
Past Event

Please RSVP on the facebook event page, and you can add your signature to the memo.

Gather at 9am at KLCC park we will then march to deliver memo to Indonesian Ambassador.

Text of the memo is here:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/teck-wyn/haze-memo-2015/10153027048716426

Contact: Teck Wyn 0163619148

Memo

MEMORANDUM TO H.E. PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA

FROM:

Undersigned Residents, Citizens and Organisations of Malaysia

TO:

His Excellency President Joko Widodo,
President of the Republic of Indonesia

CARE OF:

His Excellency Ambassador Herman Prayitno
Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
No. 233, Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur 50400
18 September 2015
Dear Sir,

BLOCK THE DRAINS, STOP THE HAZE
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We, the undersigned residents, citizens and organisations of Malaysia, appeal to you to make good on your promise to solve the problem of the smoke haze that is blowing across from Indonesia this year as it has for too many years since the 1990s.

We note that this year the haze is as bad as ever, with the unhealthy air quality forcing our authorities to shut schools in four states and divert dozens of flights. This is despite the fact that your government finally signed the ASEAN Haze Agreement after a 14-year delay.

We recognise that you, Sir, have taken a personal role in tackling the haze by visiting Sumatra last week and ordering the police, military and forestry official to enforce the law. However, water-bombing, cloud-seeding and catching the poor farmers that light the fires is clearly not enough. The law is full of loopholes that allow the big plantation companies to continue to drain the peat soil and this actually is the root cause that allows for the fires to occur during the dry season. The plantation companies are the real culprits. Digging canals to drain peat soil must be made into a crime under Indonesian law.

We are aware that the companies drain the soil to grow palms for producing palm oil and acacia trees for making paper. We acknowlege that many of these guilty plantation companies have Malaysian shareholders, Malaysian managers and Malaysian buyers. Indeed many of us in Malaysia continue to use the palm oil and paper that is produced by the very plantation companies that are behind the haze. As a fellow ASEAN member, Malaysia acknowleged our share of the responsibility for the haze by being the first to sign the Haze Agreement in 2002.

After more than a decade of respecting the ASEAN principles of non-interference and consensus it is clear that a different approach is needed. If Indonesia does not deal with this problem by next year then we will launch a campaign against the guilty plantation companies. We will encourage Malaysia to ban the import of products from peatland plantations, we will call for a dumping of shares in companies related to peatland plantations, and we will take legal action against the directors and managers of the guilty plantation companies.

At the moment we feel powerless to stop the noxious fumes that drift across the Straits of Malacca and blow across from Borneo. The system of nation states means that citizens of Malaysia have no democratic right to influence the governance of a neighbouring country. Nevertheless as we watch our children and old folk suffer the effects of the haze we cannot be expected to continue to stand by in silence.

on 27 Apr, 10:37

MESYM Documentary Night #23: Virunga

MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!

For our May event we will screen Virunga, the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo.

“Virunga” won 23 international film awards in 2014, and was nominated for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, “Virunga” is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.
LA TIMES

Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, von Einsiedel’s “Virunga” wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence.
NEW YORK TIMES, CRITIC’S PICK

Extraordinary
…enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films
VARIETY

teckwyn

Event + Discussion led by Teckwyn Lim

Teckwyn Lim is co-founder and Technical Director of Resource Stewardship Consultants Sdn Bhd (RESCU), a Malaysia-based natural resource consultancy company. He is also an active member of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

Join event on our Facebook Group.

About Virunga

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.

A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

Stills from the film

on 8 Jul, 12:38

Guided walk through Rimba Ilmu and AGM

https://www.facebook.com/events/662621427165697/

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SCHEDULE

12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 – 3.00 pm Guided walk around Rimba Ilmu
3.00 – 3.30 pm Refreshments
3.30 – 4.00 pm Talk by Balu Perumal, MNS Head of Conservation, on “MNS Conservation Activities in Selangor”
4.00 – 5.30 pm Branch AGM
5.30 – 6.00 pm Contingency

MEETING AGENDA

  1. To approve and adopt Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  2. To consider Matters Arising from the previous Annual General Meeting
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. To consider and adopt, the Audited Financial Statements for the financial year ended 31 May 2014
  6. Election of Committee Members for the term 2014-2015
  7. Appointment of Auditor
  8. Adjourn

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