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Editorial Remarks

Salam and greetings to all friends of LESTARI!

Another year has arrived and we have left the year 2013 with a lot of best memories and achievements, as well as nurtured more solid bases for a greater future towards regional and global sustainability. More research projects were engaged by LESTARIans and outstanding networks and collaboration have been made to boost research and training on sustainable development and Sustainability Science. This edition of LESTARI e-Bulletin captures events that had taken place all through the year 2013 and here we address some of the highlights.

LESTARI is proud to have SEADPRI (South East Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative) within our structure to solidify all our aims and objectives as a prominent research institution on environment and sustainable development. The merger allows us to become a stronger institution and provides an outstanding opportunity to reach the university’s as well as the national agenda.

The Langkawi Research Centre (PPL) complex was officiated by the DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on the 11th of August 2013. During the event, His High Majesty has bestowed the research complex to be named after him. Now PPL is known as the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Tuanku Abdul Halim, Langkawi Permata Kedah. With the conferment from His High Majesty, researchers at LESTARI are further motivated to give our best to the research on regional sustainable development not only in the Langkawi Geopark but also for the entire nation.

The International Conference on the Challenges of Extended Mega Urban Region: The Changing Face of South East Asia and the World had been successfully organized on the 19th-21st November 2013. This conference showcased keynotes from eleven international prominent speakers and hosted an outstanding number of participants across the nation and the region. This conference also marked the strong network between LESTARI and the collaborators through the financial and in-kind support as well as the organization of the 16 concurrent symposia.

All through the year, some new appointments have taken place in LESTARI and we welcome all our new members and congratulate all the new heads of our research centres.

We congratulate Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar and are very proud on the appointment of a second LESTARIan as the UKM’s Deputy Vice Chancellor on Research and Innovation as well as for the Datukship received from the Sultan of Kedah. Congratulation Prof. Dato' and thank you for all your contribution as Director of eight years.

Finally, all of us at LESTARI welcome and congratulate Prof. Dr. Mohd Raihan Taha on the appointment as the fifth DIrector of LESTARI. May LESTARI go to greater length and fly higher under Prof. Raihan's tenureship.

To all readers and all friends of LESTARI, have a great year ahead. Hope to see all of you soon.

Best regards, The Editor


Malaysian Delegates at the 2013 Ordinary and Simultaneous Extraordinary Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, in Geneva, Switzerland

Distinguished delegates from Malaysia at EXCOPS BRS 2013 (from the left): Dr Majahar Abdul Rahman (DOSH), Mr Nahar Sidek (EPU), Mr Che Kodir Baharum (NRE), Mdm. Fatimah Md. Anwar (DOA), Yang Berbahagia Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim (DOE; Head of Delegation), Mdm. Zuraini Ahmad Tajudin (DOE), Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar (LESTARI, UKM) and Dr. Goh Choo Ta (LESTARI, UKM)

The 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP11) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, and the 6th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP6) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, and the 6thmeeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP6) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and the second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (EXCOP BRS) was held at Geneva from 28 April to 10 May 2013. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), as Malaysia’s focal point of the three conventions, leads the Malaysian Delegates comprising regulators, practitioners and professionals from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU)-Prime Minister’s Department; Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI); Department of Environment (DOE)-NRE; Pesticides Board (PB)-Department of Agriculture (DOA), Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)-Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) and Institute for Environment and Development (LESATRI)-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in various sessions of meetings of the plenary; contact groups; regions; side events; and deliberations pertaining to issues related to chemicals and hazardous wastes management for human and environmental health.

Exploring Research Collaboration with The Energy Research Institute (TERI), London, UK

Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar, the Director of LESTARI, UKM (left) cum Chairman of Research Niche on Sustainable Regional Development, UKM exchanged books with Mdm. Ritu Kumar (right), representative of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) at TERI’s office, in London, United Kingdom. Dr Goh Choo Ta, senior research fellow of LESTARI’s Chemicals Management Research Initiatives, based at the Sustainability Science and Governance (SGK) Research Centre cum Environmental Health Programme Coordinator of the PPL-LESTARI was also present in the special meeting session on 6th of May, 2013 in London to explore potential research collaboration in several strategic areas of interest to both parties, and others, in the movement to promote and enhance the approach of sustainable development for poverty eradication, and for betterment of quality of lives

LESTARI’s High Level Meeting with His Excellency Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong, the Malaysian High Commissioner and Associates, in London, United Kingdom

One for the record on 7th of May 2013 after the special meeting, presentation and discussion sessions at 45 Belgrave Square (from left): Mr. Teagu Vannu (MIDA; and Alumni of FSSK, UKM), Associate Prof. Dr. Mohad Anizu Hj Mohd Nor (Director, Education Malaysia for UK and Eire), His Excellency Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Prof. Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar (Director, LESTARI, UKM), His Excellency Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong (Malaysia’s High Commissioner in the UK), Dr. Goh Choo Ta (Senior Fellow of LESTARI, UKM), Mr Hamizan (Political Attache’, Malaysian High Commission; and Alumni of Master Degree Programme of UKM with IFDR), Mr. Zul (Marine Attache’) and Ms. Suraya (Multilateral Attache’, High Commission of Malaysia, UK).

Special sessions of meeting, presentation, and discussion between His Excellency the High Commissioner of Malaysian Mission in UK, and officers of the High Commission of Malaysia and LESTARI was held at the office of Malaysia’s High Commission located in London, United Kingdom on 7th May 2013. The discussion started with a special meeting and sharing and exchanging of views, knowledge, experiences and ideas on issues of multilateralism and environment and development between His Excellency Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong, the High Commissioner and his Deputy Mr Wan Zaidi with Prof Mazlin Mokhtar and Dr Goh Choo Ta of LESTARI, UKM. This was then followed by a special presentation about LESTARI’s role as MOHE’s Potential HiCOE on Sustainable Development and UKM’s initiatives in Sustainable Regional Development in Malaysia, and the Asia Pacific including aspects of Chemicals and Hazardous Wastes Management; IWRM; Sustainability Science and Governance for Environment and Development, by Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar, the Director of LESTARI to a high level audience comprising Diplomatic and Special Administrative Officers, and Trade Representatives of the Malaysian Missions in the UK.

Special Discussion on Potential Research Collaboration between Malaysia’s and UKM’s Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) with International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

A day in history on 7th of May 2013(from left): Dr. Camilla Toulmin (Director of IIED, London), Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar (Director of LESTARI) and Dr. Saleemul Huq (Senior Fellow, IIED). Dr Camilla Toulmin and Dr Saleem Huq of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London had warmly welcomed research fellows of the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), from UKM Malaysia, namely Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar and Dr. Goh Choo Ta on 7th of May, 2013 at their new office building at Gray’s Inn, London in an effective session of meeting and deep discussion on research and capacity building issues of sustainability and sustainable development of developing countries and regions; especially models for enhancing initiatives for Sustainable Development; forestry; reducing emissions; adaptation; gender; poverty eradication; environment and development; policies; green technology; and poor communities and the environment; including aspects and areas of potential research collaboration between the two institutes.

Eko-Relawan UKM bersama Canon Malaysia menyertai Program Pembersihan Sungai Tekala

Seramai 30 orang mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) yang menggelarkan diri mereka Eko-Relawan UKM bersama kakitangan Institut Alam Sekitar dan Pembangunan (LESTARI), Canon Opto (M) Sdn Bhd, Canon Marketing, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor (JPNS), Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj) dan IHP Malaysia menyertai Program Pembersihan Sungai Tekala Hulu Langat Selangor pada Ahad, 19 Mei 2013. Kelab Eko-Relawan merupakan kumpulan pelajar yang sering menyertai aktiviti sukarelawan terutamanya program yang melibatkan penjagaan alam sekitar. Sebelum ini mereka pernah menyertai program pembersihan pantai di Hotel Corus Port Dickson dan Kayuhan Amal dan Sihat (KASIH) di mana sebahagian hasil kutipan kayuhan itu diserahkan kepada Rumah Anak Yatim Al-Kausar Bangi. Pihak LESTARI, UKM dan Pejabat Hal Ehwal Jaringan Industri dan Masyarakat (HEJIM) sentiasa membantu Eko-Relawan UKM dalam menjayakan aktiviti-aktiviti khidmat masyarakat.

Seramai 200 orang daripada pelbagai agensi menyertai program ini. Terdapat empat program utama yang telah diadakan sempena program pembersihan sungai ini antaranya pertandingan fotografi, program mengecat jambatan, pertandingan mengutip sampah terbanyak dan aktiviti merentas hutan atau “jungle tracking”. Dalam program pembersihan sungai ini, kesemua peserta telah berjaya mengumpulkan sampah seberat 314.84 kg. Dalam aktiviti merentas hutan pula, ia telah diketuai oleh Dato’ Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail, Felo Utama LESTARI. Beliau telah membawa seramai 40 orang peserta dalam lawatan ke tapak Hutan Lipur Sungai Tekala ini. Pembangunan Hutan Lipur Sungai Tekala ini mula dimajukan pada tahun 1982 dan telah dirasmikan oleh YAB Tan Sri Muhammad bin Mohd Taib pada Mei 1993 selaku Menteri Besar Selangor ketika itu. Dalam taklimatnya, Dato’ Shaharuddin telah memberikan info yang bermanfaat berkaitan pengurusan hutan Sungai Tekala, jenis pokok dan kegunaan pokok-pokok tersebut. Menurut Dato Shaharuddin, LESTARI sentiasa membantu UKM, individu mahupun organisasi luar dalam menjayakan program “Journey to the Forest”. Ianya bertujuan memupuk minat masyarakat untuk mengenal hutan, pokok-pokok, khazanah hutan dan komponen yang berkaitan rapat dengan hutan seperti sungai, udara dan tanah.

Coral Triangle Initiative Regional Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation


The Government of Timor-Leste through its National Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Coordination Committee in coordination with the CTI-CFF Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group, the CTI-CFF Interim Regional Secretariat and in partnership with the US CTI Support Program hosted the CTI Regional Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) on May 29-31, 2013 in Dili, Timor-Leste. Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) were initiated in 2007 involving six countries (the CT6) i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

The purposes of this regional event were to take stock on the CCA implementation in the six Coral Triangle countries, drew out lessons learned and formulated a five-year roadmap to implement the CTI-CFF Region-wide Early Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (REAP-CCA) pursuant to CTI-CFF goal number 4 and its corresponding targets.Malaysia was represented by Mr. Zaini Abdul Rahman (National Oceanography Directorate), Dr Ejria Saleh (Universiti Malaysia Sabah), Mr Amri Md Shah (National Hydraulic Research Institute) and Dr A Aldrie Amir from the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI).

GHS Training Workshop for Occupational Safety and Health in Southeast Asia (20 May 2013, One World Hotel, Kuala Lumpur)

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Training Workshop for Occupational Safety and Health in Southeast Asia was held on 20 May 2013 at One World Hotel, where this training workshop was jointly organized by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), International Labour Organization (ILO), with financial supports from European Union (EU) and the Government of Switzerland. This workshop focused on the technical aspects of the GHS, in terms of how to use the GHS classification and hazard communication elements, in particularly in a workplace setting. Dr Iona Pratt and Dr Peter Dawson were the workshop trainers appointed by UNITAR and the workshop participants were coming from ASEAN member countries, including participants from China.

GHS Review Conference for Southeast Asia (21st – 23rd May 2013, One World Hotel, Kuala Lumpur)

With the financial supports from European Union (EU) and the Government of Switzerland, the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Review Conference for Southeast Asia was successfully organized by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and International Labour Organization (ILO). The purpose of the conference was to review and assess progress regarding GHS implementation within the region. Invited participants include government officials, business and industry, public interest and labour organizations, academia and research institutes. These participants were coming from ASEAN member countries, including participants from Japan and China. In the welcoming and opening session, Prof. Dr. Mazlin Bin Moktar (Director, LESTARI, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Dr. Jonathan Krueger (Manager, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme, UNITAR) and Mr. Sandro Paolicchi (Head of Section – Trade and Economic Relations, Delegation of the EY to Malaysia) have delivered their welcoming remarks and then the conference was officiated by Dato’ Nik Rahmat Nik Taib, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). In addition, a reception hosted by the Government of Malaysia was held in the evening of 21 May 2013 at One World Hotel.

Program Mexico Mobility to Malaysia 100 (MM2M100)

PPL menerima kunjungan seramai 100 orang pelajar Mexico sempena Program Mexico Mobility to Malaysia 100 (MM2M100) yang dianjurkan oleh Pusat Hubungan Antarabangsa, UKM. 100 wakil pelajar ini merupakan pelajar terbaik dari setiap Universiti yang terletak di State of Mexico. Pelajar tahun akhir ini terdiri daripada bidang Kejuruteraan, Perubatan, Sains Sosial, Teknologi Maklumat dan juga Ekonomi. Mereka dibahagikan kepada 2 kumpulan iaitu Kumpulan A seramai 60 orang pelajar telah datang dan menginap di PPL pada 21hb-25hb Mei manakala Kumpulan B seramai 40 orang pelajar datang menginap pada 26hb -30hb Mei 2013.

Mobility Students: A Stint at PPL

On the 21st-25th August 2013, PPL once again hosted a group of students under the Sustainability of Tropical Heritage of the UKM – Global Mobility Partnership Program.  This group consists of 12 students from four different countries, i.e. Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea. During their five days and four nights stay at PPL, they have experienced a guided walk at Lagenda Park, a visit to the Geopark School; Frangipani Hotel (the greenest hotel in Langkawi); Heritage & Wedding Custom Museum and the Craft Complex. They also underwent exciting fieldtrips on Gunung Machinchang and got muddy while working in the Kilim Mangrove. The students enjoyed their time in Langkawi, an ancient land mass with amazing ecology, unique flora and fauna and definitely looking forward to bring their families to experience the true nature and culture of Malaysia.

Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Perkenan Rasmi Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi (PPL), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

11 Ogos 2013 – Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah berkenan berangkat bercemar duli menyempurnakan Majlis Perasmian Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi. Majlis yang dianjurkan oleh Institut Alam Sekitar dan Pembangunan (LESTARI) ini bermatlamat untuk memberi impak kewujudan PPL di Langkawi serta memberi pendedahan mengenai aktiviti dan hasil penyelidikan yang dijalankan oleh PPL kepada pelbagai pihak berkepentingan. Seramai 700 orang jemputan yang terdiri daripada kakitangan UKM, para pelajar sekolah, guru, masyarakat setempat, sektor swasta, ahli akademik, penyelidik, pengamal pengurusan alam baik sekitar dan agensi kerajaan hadir memeriahkan majlis ini.

Seri Paduka Baginda telah memberi limpah perkenan untuk menamakan Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi, UKM dengan nama baru iaitu Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi. Baginda juga sempat meluangkan masa melawat galeri PPL yang menempatkan pelbagai hasil penyelidikan. Turut hadir adalah DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, Canselor UKM dan YTM Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz binti Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

International Workshop on Mangroves: Regional Networking Concerning the Evolution of Mangroves with Climate Change and Demographic Increase


A scientific workshop held at the University of Sciences Ho Chi Minh City on the 3rd to 6th of October 2013 was attended by mangrove ecologists from the Indo-West Pacific region. The workshop was hosted by the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD) based in Noumea, New Caledonia and in Hanoi, Vietnam led by Dr. Cyril Marchand. The meeting was co-hosted by the Analytical Chemistry Department of the University of Sciences Ho Chi Minh City anchored by Dr. Nhu-Trang Tran-Thi. Participants from various research bodies from various countries including Malaysia (represented by Dr. A. Aldrie Amir of the Institute for Environment and Development, UKM), Thailand, Australia, Pacific Islands, India, Japan and the host country Vietnam presented and shared recent updates on research projects, findings, facilities as well as new research ideas and proposals which were discussed in depth for an opportunity of a regional research collaboration and funding applications. A field excursion into the Can Gio Mangroves on the final day of the workshop was a showcase of a mega regeneration success of these forests after being entirely destroyed by Agent Orange during the American War. Many lessons learned and crucial strategies laid out during the workshop for the success of global environmental conservation in particular mangroves and coastal forests.

Comprehensive Seminar 3 – JSPS Asian Core Programme

Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar, Director of LESTARI, UKM, and Leader of Group 3 Malaysian side on Environmental Risk Assessment and Management of the ACP JSPS MOHE collaborative programme between Japanese and Malaysian universities over 2012-2017 pertaining to the “Asian Oriented Risk Based Integrated Watershed Management” systems of Lake Biwa (Japan), Langat River Basin (Malaysia), Selangor River Basin (Malaysia), and Johor River Basin (Malaysia); being photographed here for the record with members of Group 3 of the ACP on 28 October 2013 after the opening ceremony of the third comprehensive seminar at Kyoto University UJI Campus; and during the breakout group discussion on 29 October 2013 at Kyoto University too.

CICM Regulatory Affairs Committee Meeting


The Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia (CICM) Regulatory Affairs Committee has invited Prof. Mazlin to present his views on sound chemicals management in Malaysia at the CICM Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting that was held on 8 November 2013. In his presentation, Prof. Mazlin highlighted related activities carried out by LESTARI since 2005 and also the way forward to establish a sound chemicals management in Malaysia.

Lectures on ‘Sustainable Development in the East Asian and ASEAN Developing Economies: The Status Quo’ by Dr. Choy Yee Keong

On the 11-12th of November 2013, Dr. Choy Yee Keong from the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit has delivered his lecture entitled Sustainable Development in the East Asian and ASEAN Developing Economies: The Status Quo at LESTARI, UKM. The two-day lecture was attended by Research Fellows and postgraduate students of LESTARI.  Dr. Choy divided his lectures into two parts. In the first part, he discussed the progress of high economic growth in China and it’s consequences on the ecological and environmental components. While in the second part of his lecture, Dr. Choy shared his empirical works at the Heart of Borneo particularly in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The potential ecological and social impacts due to the constructions of dams in Sarawak were critically discussed in the lecture.

EMUR 2013 Invited Symposium M – Chemicals and Urban Living: Are We Safe?

An invited symposium entitled: “Chemicals and Urban Living: Are We Safe?” was held on 21stNovember 2013, in conjunction with International Conference on Challenges of Extended Mega Urban Regions: The Changing Face of South East Asia and the World, which was held on 19th – 21st November 2013 at Pullman Hotel Putrajaya. This symposium was organized by LESTARI UKM and chaired by Prof. Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar, Director of LESTARI UKM. The symposium was attended by participants from government agencies, industrial sectors as well as academia. Emeritus Prof. Dr. Peter J. Peterson (representing Flinders University and LESTARI UKM), Mr. Lee Teck Peng (representing Malaysian CropLife & Public Health Association and Bayer CropScience) and Ms. Sim Yu Hwa (representing ARKEMA Coating Resins Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.) presented their papers on safe chemicals management and efforts toward a sustainable urban living. Research Fellows from LESTARI, Prof. Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar, Dr. Goh Choo Ta, Dr. Lubna Alam, Mr. Mahathir Amir and Dr. Lee Khai Ern also discussed about their research progress in chemicals management and initiatives in chemicals industry.

Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Pemuliharaan dan Saintifik Langkawi Geopark

Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Pemuliharaan dan Saintifik Langkawi Geopark telah diadakan pada 9 Disember 2013 bertempat di Dewan Auditorium, Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi. Diantara perkara yang dibincangkan didalam mesyuarat tersebut adalah hal-hal saintifik Geopark, hal ehwal pemuliharaan dan permurnian Langkawi Geopark.Mesyuarat yang dipengerusikan oleh Prof. Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar dari LESTARI, UKM, dihadiri oleh 18 wakil dari pelbagai agensi kerajaan dan swasta di Langkawi dan juga wakil dari universiti tempatan yang lain.

Mesyuarat penubuhan FLAG- Friends of Langkawi Geopark

Mesyuarat penubuhan FLAG- Friends of Langkawi Geopark telah diadakan pada 28 Disember 2013 bertempat di bilik seminar, Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi. Mesyuarat ini dihadiri seramai 56 orang yang kebanyakkannya terdiri daripada pemandu pelancong Pulau Langkawi. Mesyuarat yang kedua diadakan ini membincangkan tentang objektif, matlamat penubuhan dan perlantikan ahli jawatankuasa FLAG. Berikut merupakan senarai ahli jawatankuasa FLAG yang telah dipersetujui.

Pengerusi : Dato’ Kamarulzaman Abdul Ghani – LESTARI, UKM
Timbalan Pengerusi : Encik Ahmad Pishol Ishak – SALA TRAVEL
Setiausaha : Puan Fuziah Mohamed – TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION LANGKAWI
Pembantu Setiausaha : Cik Ku Adriani Ku Ayob – PPL, LESTARI, UKM
Bendahari : Encik Palani a/l Murugaia – TULSI GARDEN
Pemeriksa kira-kira : Encik Baskaran Kosthi (ISHAN MALAYSIAN SPA) dan Encik Ardi Bahador (DESTINATION EAST)

Ahli Jawatankuasa:
1. Encik Othman Ayeb (RIMBAWI)
2. Puan Zuraidah Zainal Abidin (FRANGIPANI)
3. Encik Mohamad Rizal Mat Hassan (FREELANCE)
4. Encik Marzuki Shaari (EZYX SOLUTIONS)
5. Encik Muhammad bin Mohd Azmi (LANGKAWI STORY)
6. Dr. Abdul Ghani Hussain (LANGKAWI HERBWALK)
7. Prof. Madya Dr Kamal Roslan bin Mohamed (PPL, LESTARI,UKM)
8. Tuan Haji Mahtar bin Desa (SEK KEB LANGKAWI)
9. Encik Rajasaigan Sinnaya (MORAHOLS SDN BHD)
10. Encik Irshad Ahmad bin Mobarak Ahmad (NATURAL HISTORY TOURS)

The Handover of Director Post

The handing over of the Director post from Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar has to Prof. Dr. Mohd Raihan Taha taken place on the 10th February 2014 at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI). The event was witnessed by Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd. Marzuki Bin Mustafa, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment,  Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Mastura Syed Abdullah, Director Institute for Climate Change (IPI) and Prof. Dr. Rusli Daik, Deputy Dean Research and Innovation, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST).

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Congratulation on the promotion to an Associate Professor (DS54):

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarah Aziz Abdul Ghani Aziz
(as of 19 Dicember 2013)

Assoc. Prof. Dr.Sharifah Zarina Syed Zakaria
(as of 19 Dicember 2013

Congratulation on the promotion to a Senior Asisstant Registrar (N44) to Mdm. Nurul Safaniza Che Ani (as of 18/12/2013) and we bid her farewell for the transfer to Registrar's Office.


Congratulation Mr. Lim Choun Sian on the promotion to a Senior Research Officer (Q44) as of 9/9/2013.

We congratulate Dr. Rospidah Ghazali on obtaining he PhD degree form Universiti Malaya on 19/3/2013




Congratulations Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar on the Appointment as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) UKM as of 16/1/2014

Congratulations Prof. Dr. Che Aziz Ali on the Appointment as the Deputy Director of LETARI from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016

Congratulations Dr. Ahmad Aldrie Amir on the appointment as Head of Quality Assurance LESTARI from 1 September 2013 to 31 April 2015.

Congratulation to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rizal Razman on the appointment as the Chaiperson, Research Centre for Sustainability Science and Govenance (SGK)from 1/9/2013 to 31/8/2016.

Congratulation to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharifah Zarina Syed Zakaria on the appointment as the Chaiperson, Research Centre for Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (KASES) from 1/12/2013 to 30/11/2016.


Congratulation to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamal Roslan Mohamaed on the appointment as the Chaiperson, Langkawi Research Centre from 23/9/2013 to 22/9/2016.

Congratulation to Prof. Dr. Lee Yook Heng on the appointment as the Chaiperson, Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI) from 1/9/2013 to 31/8/2016.



Congratulation to Mr. Moha Fuad Tepit on the appointment as the as LESTARI's Webmaster.

Congratulation to Mr. Lim Choun Sian on the appointment as LESTARI's Risk Officer from 1/9/2013 untill 31/8/2016.



 Welcome to our newest members to the the faculty:

Dr. Lee Khai Ern, Senior Lecturer DS51


Dr. Lubna Alam, Senior Lecturer DS51


Heartiest Congratulations to Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar (second from right) on being conferred the Darjah Setia DiRaja Kedah (D.S.D.K), carrying the title Dato', by His Royal Highness The Sultan of Kedah on 19 January 2014

LESTARI e-Bulletin No.1/2014

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