Thursday, April 30, 2015

The KPI dilemma: everything that an academic should be: popular on campus, well respected in the community, and of late, very active in research. The number of research papers he has published in the last three years is impressive, and he expects to notch a high “score” for his key performance indicator (KPI). BUT may be I am dreaming. What I did the university leaders valued differently and they said what I did is common and not CRYSTILISED enough!. May be their glasses foggy.

As a professor, many are so preoccupied with meeting his research publication KPI that he has spent more time on the phone dealing and wheeling with fellow academics to find partners for his “collaborative” research than lecturing or mentoring his students. The rest of the time is spent on his sole valid research, with the bulk of the work being completed by his two best students. According to some local academics, the pressure to publish research papers – an important facet of the KPI in public universities – is creating an unhealthy intellectual culture.
Professor Dr Ahmad Ismail from Universiti Putra Malaysia biology department is also of the opinion that academic excellence cannot be measured by publications alone.
He strongly believes that other aspects of academia should be considered.
“Publication alone is not enough. Teaching and supervising of students, attending conferences and seminars, extension and dissemination of knowledge and new findings to the public (among others) make an academician complete.”
As a professor of wildlife ecology and ecotoxicology, his area of expertise does not lend itself well to publication.
“We would like our papers to be published in reputable, high-impact journals – but What is important is what we can contri­bute to our own country – at a local level. If you just concentrate on writing, then you are just a writer.
“A lecturer must develop areas of knowledge and then teach it to students, and not rely on textbooks alone.”

We need to have more regular seminar on biodiversity and conservation. Many like to talk about biodiversity and conservation but many do not know how to do it. Even the laws for conservation are weak. More research needed.

Another recognition for conservation. Whats good we celebrate whats bad we guide and recover. Not that easy to educate the public, politician and business people

To make sure my knowledge and activities followed by my students, they are asked to follow to all my presentations and field trips. This time seminar at IKIM, Institute Kefahaman Islam Malaysia. We talked on Islam, Biodiversity and Conservation. My students comment: many like to talk about theory, story, hearsay and jokes. BUT NOT many interested on research, future ideas and hands-on activities.

Improve a lot. Many start to know tapir and celebrating World Tapir day!!! joint MNS, Malaysian Nature Society

My journalist friend like nature and conservation!

Need to have good judgement between work, productivity and quality product. Live is more important!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

World Tapir Day: 27 April. A species need to be conserved for the ecosystem stability. BUT we need more scientific information. More young scientists and fund needed.

27 April is the World tapir day. How many Malaysian know about this? We should make all young generations know about this. MNS through KPA in schools should promote tapir day on 27th April.
Asian tapir photographed by camera trap. Photo by: Rimba.
You can't mistake an Asian tapir for anything else: for one thing, it's the only tapir on the continent; for another, it's distinct black-and-white blocky markings distinguishes it from any other tapir (or large mammal) on Earth. But still little is known about the Asian tapir (Tapirus indicus), including the number surviving. However, researchers in Malaysia are working to change that: a new study for the first time estimates population density for the neglected megafauna, while another predicts where populations may still be hiding in peninsular Malaysia, including selectively-logged areas. 

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Asian tapir photographed by camera trap. Photo by: Rimba.
Asian tapir photographed by camera trap. Photo by: Rimba.
Asian tapir photographed by camera trap. Photo by: Rimba.

Another conflict of marine life: which one is more important? conservation of corals for fisheries products and economy of poor local fishermen or harvesting corals for greedy businessman and rich people of developed countries.

Malaysia Has Potential To Be Major Coral Reef Exporter

KUALA TERENGGANU, April 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has the potential to be a major exporter of coral reef with its 3,600 km, or 1.27 per cent, of the world's coral reef's location representing more than 540 species of hard corals.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said coral reef exports from Malaysia were still small coming from Sabah and Sarawak while Indonesia controlled 90 per cent of the world coral reef exports, followed by Philippines and Vietnam.

"The Department of Fisheries Malaysia has conducted market research and we found that there is high interest abroad for Malaysian coral reef.

"As a result, 70 companies from Europe, US, Russia, Japan and China are interested to get decorative products made from Malaysian coral, while exports quota has also been approved to conduct business transactions at international level," he said.

Ismail said this after the signing of the memorandum of understanding for the development for the propagation of coral in Pulau Bidong project by Terengganu, Department of Fisheries Malaysia, Malaysia Terengganu University, and Yayasan Coral Malaysia here Thursday.

Also present was Terengganu Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

Ismail said his ministry has allocated RM2.7 million to ensure the success of the project.

Ahmad Razif said the state government would conduct specified research before opening more space for agro tourism sector in Pulau Bidong after this.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Every one should lead in their own capacity to protect and conserve the earth.

We need more people organising seminar and conference on biodiversity and conservation. We need more people talking about the same thing. We need more people leading in sustainability of environment.

Refer to my Blog TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013, today I say it again in Universiti Malaya when chairing International Conference on Business Sustainability. One speaker from Indonesia highlighted on religion, nature and sustainability.

I have been talking in many places why Malaysia is very serious on biodiversity.
1. We are top mega biodiversity in the world. World recognized it and become nature lover attraction. This is promoted as ecotourism. Malaysian protected forest are gazzeted for biodiversity. Malaysia agreed with many international agreement related to biodiversity. Malaysia have its own biodiversity policy (National Biodiversity Policy). Almost all ministries have their own activities related to environmental education, nature, green and biodiversity. 
2. Malay Rulers already mention in their "Wasiat Raja-raja Melayu" that at least 50 % of forest and mountains need to be preserved and protected for the future generations. This means that forest (including highland forest) for biodiversity and water resources for human use now and the future.
3. As a Islamic country, Malaysia have to adopt what mentioned and instructed in the Al-Quran regarding biodiversity. Human as a Khalifa is ordered to take care of the world and environment and they will be punished if they cannot do it. Refer to many statements in the Al-Quran regarding nature and the environment and research on nature.

Based on these three strong points, Government already taken a strong initiative for biodiversity based on policy, law and regulations. What we need public tosupport. Te Professors need to be in front.

Another synergy effort for conservation and sustainability between scientists, conservationist, nature lovers, consumers and business people

another road kill. How many tapir left in Peninsular Malaysia? Public need to be educated and the authority must take action to avoid more road kill