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Cambodia returns land to natives

Phnom Penh: Cambodia has returned land taken a decade ago from indigenous communities for a Vietnamese company’s rubber plantation, a sign that foreign investors are facing greater scrutiny over rights violations, analysts said.


Facility to protect Imbak canyon

TONGOD: Amidst lush greenery and the beautiful Imbak Falls, the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) was officially opened yesterday, marking a milestone for the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA), a pristine rainforest in the heart of Sabah, and home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and unique landscapes.

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One billion set to vote in Asia

BANGKOK: Rights over land and forests, a push for LGBT+ equality and getting more women on the ballot are some top election issues in Thailand, India and Indonesia as more than one billion people prepare to go to the polls.

Metro News

Essential help for communities

KUCHING: The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) has entered into access and benefit sharing agreements with five indigenous communities, ensuring that they will gain from the commercialisation of an essential oil derived from a tree they have traditionally used for generations.


Australian state poll threatens $2 billion coal seam gas project

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A $2 billion (£1.5 billion) coal seam gas project that could ease a looming gas shortage in eastern Australia is at risk of becoming a casualty in a weekend election in the country's most populous state.


Indigenous communities in Sarawak to benefit from commercialisation of essential oil

KUCHING: Five indigenous communities in Sarawak stand to benefit from the commercialisation of an essential oil derived from a tree they have traditionally used for generations.


Dr M: EU told Malaysia will retaliate if discrimination against palm oil continues

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has told the European Union (EU) that it will retaliate if the EU continues to discriminate palm oil, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Metro News

Foundation donates backpacks to 300 children

ABOUT 300 children of Kampung Orang Asli Pos Betau in Sungai Koyan, Pahang, received backpacks filled with goodies from The Budimas Charitable Foundation.

Asia & Oceania

9 festivals and celebrations in 2019 that make Malaysia truly Asia

Malaysians are already familiar with major occasions like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas. But there are many other cultural events to immerse in, too. Here are nine highlights from Tourism Malaysia’s calendar for 2019.


Head for the hills! Hikers defy violence in central Nigeria

Years of spiralling violence has rocked Nigeria, a country of outstanding natural beauty. But tired of the unrest, young hikers have now decided to revive its slogan, 'land of peace and tourism'.