Conserve our rain forests

OVER the decades, Malaysia’s tropical rain forests have served the pivotal role in conserving an array of flora and fauna, with an abundant number of unique mammals and bird species. However, it is quite astonishing that Malaysia is manifested with the highest forest degradation rate between 2000 and 2012, according to the new global forest map in collaboration with Google. It is worth mentioning that the forest area loss during the period is estimated at 14.4% of its year 2000 forest cover. The depletion translates to 47,278 sq km, an area even larger than Denmark.

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Check up on mental health

I Can’t help but think that in recent decades, our society has been experiencing an epidemic of depression. Figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 300 million people around the globe are experiencing an episode of what is referred to as clinical depression.

At some point in our lives, everyone seems to have walked down the path fringed with hopelessness, bad temper, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, negativity, tearfulness, anxiety or nervousness.

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Need for boost in biotechnology

IT was only in April 2005 that Malaysia declared her intention to become a serious player in biotechnology with the launch of the National Biotechnology Policy (NBP). Based on a census conducted that year, the Malaysian Government chose agro-biotechnology as the major thrust in the repertoire of Malaysian biotech-nology industry and research.

However, Malaysian biotechnology after 12 years is, in my opinion, predominantly engaged in relatively moderate sectors and is still not making enough impact on the industry as a whole. Also, I must say, the fulcrum of biotechnology in Malaysia is still largely dependent on foreign investments and expertise.

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