Current and upcoming events

 

Asian elephant conservation in Peninsular Malaysia

Date: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

 

Time: 10.00 am for 10.30 am start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalan Mayang, Meritz Condominium. Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: RM 25 non-members, RM 15 members

If you are booking for guests for this event could you please put the name of your guests into the “Comments” section below of this invitation.

Peninsular Malaysia is home to approximately 1,500 wild elephants that, in less than two generations, have seen over half of their natural habitat replaced by plantations, dams and urbanized areas. This development has led to a sharp decline in elephant range and increase in human-elephant conflict in the form of crop raiding. What is the future of elephants in Peninsular Malaysia? How can we mitigate the effects of human-elephant co-existence, both on people and elephants? And what are the ecological consequences of local elephant loss?

 

In this talk we will discuss these issues and introduce the work of the ‘Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants’ (MEME), an interdisciplinary collaboration between local wildlife authorities and university researchers that aims to bring a science driven approach to the conservation of Malaysian elephants. MEME is proposing a new elephant conservation strategy based on the combination of wildlife sensitive land using planning, crop protection, economic compensation and education, to promote human-elephant co-existence.  Business will likely lead to the local disappearance of elephants during the 21st century. The good news is that Malaysia can actually afford to conserve its elephants and become a stronghold for wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia.

 

 

Ahimsa is a conservation ecologist and an optimist in spite of working in a region with a high rate of biodiversity loss. His main research interest lies in the behaviour, ecology, and conservation of Asian megafauna, particularly elephants, which he has studied for nearly 15 years. He lives and works in Peninsular Malaysia but has also conducted research in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Japan, Mongolia, and other Asian countries. He holds a PhD in Biodiversity Science from the University of Tokyo (2009) and has published over 50 articles in international scientific journals, which have been cited over 1100 times. Currently he is the President-Elect of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and in the past he has been the President of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Asia Section.

 

 

RSVP: Please register via this link 

 

MCG Event, Nine Emperor Gods Festival Tour

Date: 11th October, 2018

 

Time: 11.00 am for 11.30 am start (please note the later than usual start time), this event will finish at around 3.00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nang Tiong Gong Temple, Ampang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: RM 25, members only

 

Please register via your members' personal invitation previously sent

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is held annually, for nine days, during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year the festival runs from Oct 8th to 17th. The festival has its roots in the secret societies of the nineteenth century mining community in Malaysia and its rituals are shrouded in mystery and folklore. The Nan Tiong Gong temple in Ampang is one of the largest Nine Emperor Gods festival temples in SE Asia. Devotees keep a strict vegetarian diet, pray at the altar 3 times a day and participate in the rituals that balance the forces of Yin and Yang.

 

 

MCG member Cheryl Hoffmann will take us on a special tour of the festival grounds that includes the altar in the temple, backstage at the Chinese opera, chatting with the devotees in the dormitories, and exploring the carnival scene. We are starting the tour later in the morning to take advantage of being there on the 3rd day when there is a special ritual ceremony to feed the armies of the Five Generals at 2pm. We will stop for a good vegetarian lunch on the grounds of the festival during the tour.

 

 

Every year, during the festival, Cheryl posts notes and photos on a blog. If you are interested in reading about the festival, scroll back through the blog for lots of information on what is happening when, where and why. http://cheryljhoffmann.com/category/9emperor/

Bring your camera, if you would like, and dress comfortably. It could be hot and smoky in the temple. Your money (you need just a little) should be stashed away safely. Small bills are good for donations and offerings. Car-pooling is recommended.

 

 

Details of the meeting place will be sent to those who register.

 

 

 

 

 

A Celebration of Deepavali

Date: 24th October, 2018

 

Time: 9:45 for a 10:00 start. Please note the earlier than usual start time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: RM 30.

This is a members only event.   Limited to 30 people.

 

Please register via the members' personal invitation previously sent

 

Please join us for a celebration of the Indian Festival of Deepavali. The morning will start with an introductory talk on the significance of Deepavali followed by a workshop on different aspects of Indian Culture such as Indian Dance, Garland tying or perhaps how to tie a Sari. 

If Deepavali is new to you, you will not want to miss this event!

 

The Temple of Fine Arts also has a vegetarian restaurant, Annalakshmi, which will be open from 11:30 if you would like to stay for lunch. An average lunch is about RM 25.  Lunch is optional and at your own seperate cost. To assist us with planning, please RSVP by Sunday 21st October and indicate in the Comments Section if you are staying for lunch. 

 

This will be a fun morning so come dressed in your best Sari or Salwa Kameez to make it even more celebratory!

 

Parking is limited so we suggest carpooling or taxi.

 

 

An introduction to the Malaysian Parliamentary System

Date: 7th November,  2018

Time: 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start until 12.30, please note the later that usual estimated finishing time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalan Mayang, Meritz Condominium. Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: RM 25 non-members, RM 15 members 

Please register click here

 

On the 9th of May, 2018 the 14th Malaysian General Election was held. In an unprecedented victory, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, which had been the country's federal Opposition prior to the election, won a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat together with the Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN).  The election heralded the first regime change since Malaya's independence in 1957.

 

Since the election many of you have requested that we organise a lecture on the Malaysian Parliamentary System. We have been fortunate to be able to arrange for Faisal Abd Rahman, an expert on this subject to talk to us this month.  This talk will be a brief introduction of the Government System in Malaysia, its historical origins and current development. It will include the constitutional monarchy, the federal system and parlimentary democracy. 

 

Faisal Abd Rahman is currently the Advisor of the Association of Tourism Training Institutes of Malaysia (ATTIM), after serving two terms as its President - an organisation involved in developing all National skills standards for Tourist Guiding, Locaslised Community Host and Tour Management.  Facilitated the development and implementation of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Guide course in Malaysia. Regular speaker for Muzium Negara volunteers. Council Member for the International Council for Monument and Sites (ICOMOS) Malaysia.

 

Please join us for what should be an interesting & informative morning.