Posts Tagged ‘Academy of Sciences Malaysia’

SE Asia Report

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Freshly returned from a whirlwind of three countries in three weeks–television, radio, magazine, and newspaper interviews in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore on wildlife trafficking and The Lizard King, along with talks to some amazing and prestigious groups.  And, of course, some time spent looking for reptiles, and finding endangered species for sale.  I’ll put up reports on the trip over the next week or so.  Meantime, here’s an excellent story coming out of my Academy of Sciences talk.  It features Azrina Abdullah, Regional Director of TRAFFIC SE Asia, a courageous and inspiring woman…

TLK in the News

TLK in the News

Academy of Sciences Malaysia: A Great Honor

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Yesterday I had the great honor of speaking to the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.  In introducing me, Professor Mohd Nordin pointed out to the audience that the Academy normally invites only Nobel laureates to speak. It was a very generous introduction to a very packed auditorium, and I am grateful to the Academy for making an exception. 

We had very good discussion regarding what it took to improve wildlife enforcement, the story behind the phrase ‘Fortress Malaysia,’ and the story of Operation Chameleon and the arrest of Anson Wong.  I was pleased to clarify that the book was non-fiction and that every quotation in the chapter ‘Fortress Malaysia’ is taken verbatim from recorded telephone conversations or actual correspondence. 

In the audience we had conservationists from Malaysia Nature Society, TRAFFIC, World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations, and others, as well as veterinarians, scientists, and those interested in the story of Malaysia and wildlife trafficking.  I was very pleased that not only did former Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) Director General Mohd Kahn attend but so did wildlife officers from nearly every state in Malaysia.  Dir. General Mohd Kahn told me he enjoyed the book very much and through his thoughtful questions, shared the difficulties of protecting wildlife with the audience.  Afterwards Dato Dr. Salleh Mohd Nor, Secretary General of the Academy, and Professor Nordin hosted a lovely tea.

The Lizard King Goes Asia!

Friday, January 9th, 2009
The Lizard King SE Asia Tour
The Lizard King SE Asia Tour

Here’s a cool poster created by MPH bookstore, Kuala Lumpur for my upcoming reading this Sunday.  This morning I had a great interview with PK and Sara, two hysterically funny KL-based DJs who have to get up way too early in the morning. PK apologized for the hour (I arrived at 0 dark thirty) and though there was no breakfast for me in this breakfast show we had a terrific time.  Upcoming are a reading at MPH Mid Valley BookstoreTimes Bookstore Pavillion, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, NTV7, TraXX FM… and that’s just Malaysia.  Next, I’m off to Thailand and Singapore… I am very grateful to TRAFFIC SE Asia, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, MPH, Times, and others for inviting me to Malaysia.