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Nature Nurture

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Malaysia is blessed with a natural habitat the envy of the world.  It was here, well Sarawak to be more precise, that Alfred Russel Wallace penned his 1855 paper “On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species”  which prompted Charles Darwin to publish Origin of Species 4 years later.

The peninsula, home to the majority of the country’s 23 million inhabitants, is sadly suffering from rapid development, the mass influx of people from rural areas to cities and what seems to be a general lack of concern for the natural environment.

Maybe it’s a very Western attitude to view countries’ resources as an asset to be protected, not to be used (excepting the plundering that is done by the big oil and mining majors around the world). After all what I am doing here?  Espousing the virtues of responsible business and sustainability, I am hoping in a small way to influence companies to not make the same ‘mistakes’ as in the West.  I’m a eco-neo-colonialist with good intentions. Read the rest of this entry


Montagues or Capulets

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The week just gone, for me, has been characterised by combat and competition. The common theme is how tribes use colours to create identity and unity against a foe.

Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur city centre, where yellow-shirted pro-democracy and anti-corruption fans congregated for a peaceful rally, received undue attention from baton-wielding police firing tear-gas and water-cannon.

In the brutal fight of Mayoral politics, London’s two heavyweight contenders “Red” Ken Livingston and Boris “BoJo” Johnson have been fighting for years. The red of Red Ken of course symbolises more socialist principles and the blue of BoJo those of  a conservative bent. Voter turn out was low but the result was closer than expected. I stuck to my tribe the Greens and was rewarded with third place. Result for the mungbean eaters! Read the rest of this entry

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