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MEDIA RELEASE
Tangkak, Johor.
Saturday, 25 September 2010

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) elected a new president today. Associate Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed, 51, is the 20th president of MNS since the society was founded in 1940. Dr Maketab, a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), was elected at the society’s 63rd Annual General Meeting held at Taman Rimba Lagenda Ledang near here.

The AGM also passed a motion calling for a moratorium on the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment. In addition the AGM saw the election of new members to the society’s council and board of trustees.

In accepting the presidency of the society, Dr Maketab said: “I would like to thank the trust given by MNS members to me as the new President and to the new Council members. At the same time, I would like to thank the outgoing Council members, especially Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor, the Immediate Past President, who have carried out their duties diligently.”

Dr Maketab holds a PhD in Watershed Science and has over 25 years of professional experience, specialising in environmental hydrology. He pledges to lead the MNS team towards reinforcing its vital role as Malaysia’s oldest and largest membership-based conservation organisation by addressing emerging threats head-on and strengthening MNS Branches; the key to MNS’ power-base.

Dr Maketab said: “Now the hard part – we (MNS Council) have to work hard for the next two years to fulfill our KPIs as indicated in our manifesto towards making tangible conservation impacts on the ground. Core to this is halting the conversion of natural forest to plantations, such as oil palm or latex timber clones (LTC), and protecting Malaysia’s wildlife.”

Dr Maketab said: “Of course, we would bring the cooperation with our partners in conservation, such as WWF, GEC, Sahabat Alam and others to greater heights. We believe in mutual respect and want see that our work in conservation is synergised with other conservation organisations, as well as other NGOs working on issues such as freedom of information and environmental justice.”

Dr Maketab is a long-standing MNS member and is also the current Chairman for the society’s Johor Branch, a position he has held since 2006.

A full list of the newly elected members of the MNS Council can be viewed by clicking this.

These are the results of the 63rd MNS AGM at Taman Rimba Lagenda Ledang Sept 25, 2010 (votes in brackets):

1) President:
Tan Sri Salleh (239)
Dr Maketab Mohamed (333)

2) Vice Presidents:
Dato’ Prof Dr Zaini Ujang (208)
Jeffrey Phang (465)
Kalaimani (410)

3) Council Members:
Harban Singh (516)
Kanitha (505)
Catherine Yule (497)
SM Muthu (418),
Prof Ahmad Ismail (413)
Datin Nazriyah (336)
Henry Goh (309)
Omar Kadir (299)

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Dear Members,

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, Council, Branches and the secretariat, MNS would like to wish all our Christian members a joyous and Merry Christmas!

In the spirit of the season, we wish you good cheer and hope that all will come together for a greener and more sustainable year ahead. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very Happy New Year 2010!!!

We are especially looking forward to this year as 2010 will be a special year in which MNS will celebrate its 70th Anniversary. In conjunction with this celebration we will be having a series of exciting events to commemorate 70 years of tireless work for conservation. Look out for our calendar of events which will be announced early in the year.

As dedicated MNS members, we would like to invite you to participate in the various activities we have lined up such as our proposed new MNS logo poll and competition, International Conference and many more.

For more information, please check http://www.mns.org.my. Don’t forget to Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle…

Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor
MNS President

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