Public Events

25 May 2016

Environmental Responsibility in Conservation: The Orang Asal’s Perspective


This talk recorded on Wed 25 May 2016, 6pm at University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, Number 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.


Colin Nicholas, Dr. Sivananthan Elgupillay & Machang bin Limon

Colin Nicholas is the Founder and Coordinator of the Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC), a non-governmental organization that facilitates Orang Asli initiatives at selfdevelopment and in the defence of their rights. Colin has authored several popular and academic articles as well as books on indigenous and Orang Asli issues. His doctoral dissertation was on Orang Asli politics, development and identity. He has served as a (pro bono) expert witness in 7 Orang Asli land rights cases and was an independent consultant for the SUHAKAM National Inquiry into the Land Rights of the Orang Asal. Colin is also a keen photographer and has had his photos used and exhibited in various media and events.

Dr. Sivananthan Elgupillay served at the Department of Wildlife & National Parks Malaysia (DWNP) for 33 years where he was involved in Law Enforcement, Malayan Tiger project and Protected Areas conservation and research issues. He has also been actively working with land use planners and engineers in the development of ecological corridors linking fragmented forests using the principles of smart green technology for the safe movement of wildlife across highways. Dr. Siva is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and has received numerous awards amongst which he received the Inaugural Malaysia’s Tiger Walla Award in and was featured in, Tiger Man of Malaysia in the UNDP Publication Biodiversity for Sustainable Development Delivering Results for Asia and the Pacific in 2015 & 2014 respectively.

Machang bin Limon is a member of the Jakun tribe in Johor. He alternates between living in Kampung Peta, to the east of the Endau-Rompin National Park (his father's village), and in Bekok on the west (where his mother comes from).Machang has worked with the Malaysian Nature Society to help build the Nature Education Center in the Endau-Rompin National Park. And when the park was opened, he was employed by the park in administrative, guiding and general duties for 5 years.He had to resign from the Park due to the health problems and has since been actively involved in Orang Asli activism and advocacy work on a voluntary basis.

Seminar Summary

The concept of environmental responsibility – caring for the environment, and being accountable for its harm – should be at the core of devising new solutions to the conservation and environmental problems we face today. The national (and the global) space is to be seen as comprising a multitude of individual commons, each with a distinct community exercising control or autonomy over it. Requiring each environment-community to be responsible for maintaining the balance in its own ecological niche will go a long way in ensuring macro environmental and conservation objectives are met. The Orang Asal have played a role in practicing environmental responsibility. But, as the talk will show, their ability to continue to do so is affected by various factors beyond their control today.