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November 15, 2010

Youths and business leaders all for tiger conservation

DYNAMIC young business leaders,Joel Neoh and Khailee Ng of Youth Asia have lent their voices to tiger conservation at an event held with WWF-Malaysia at the Youth Asia headquarters in Bukit Gasing recently.

Youth Asia, a group of companies that includes, and YOUTH'10 Malaysia's Largest Youth Festival, unleashes the collective power of youths through social technology.

These two socially responsible young entrepreneurs, who have supported WWF-Malaysia's efforts to raise public awareness of environmental conservation since 2008, will be representing Malaysia at WWF's Youth Tiger Summit in Russia later this month.

Daring duo: Neoh and Ng will represent Malaysia at the conference.

"Leaders who make critical decisions that affect the future must listen to the voice of the young, as they will be inheriting the world that these leaders leave behind," said Youth Asia co-executive director Neoh, explaining his motivation for supporting conservation efforts.

"The modern workforce yields tremendous power to solve problems; especially the new generation.

"Their ideas and energy are one of our country's biggest resources. But how much of this power is used to solve problems of conservation?

"My peers and I don't even think about it. But I think it's about time some of us took the leap to try and understand problems in this world, and how we can help in our own way," said Ng, who is also a co-executive director.

Both of them are looking forward to learning more about protecting tigers when they represent Malaysia at WWF's Youth Tiger Summit, and then helping to spread the message lupon their return.

From Nov 21 to 24, leaders of the 13 tiger-range countries will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, and decide the future of the world's remaining 3,200 tigers.

The Heads of State from each country are expected to not only reaffirm their commitment to double wild tiger populations in their respective countries by 2020, but also to announce "Big Wins" that will help secure the future of this magnificent animal.

Malaysia, home to the world's second largest wild tiger population after India, has not only declared its goal to double its wild tigers by 2020, but has also prepared a roadmap to achieve this.

The ambitious National Tiger Conservation Action Plan for Malaysia was released in 2008 and aims to have 1,000 wild tigers by 2020 through four main strategies.

Some of the activities are already being carried out by various government agencies and the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT), of which WWF-Malaysia is a part.

In conjunction with the Tiger Summit, WWF will be organising a Youth Tiger Summit. This Youth Tiger Summit will give participants the unique opportunity to visit field camps in protected areas within the tiger range in the Russian Far East.

When the Heads of Governments get together in Moscow, WWF will organise a video bridge so that these youths will share their experiences and concerns.

WWF-Malaysia calls on everyone to sign up at and urge the government to come up with a "Big Win" at the Tiger Summit to double the number of our Malayan tigers by 2020.

Source: The Star



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