In Malaysia, honey hunters of the extreme

On a moonless night in the depths of the jungle in Malaysia, two men perched on the top of a tree wave a burning torch to try to move thousands of bees away from their swarm to collect the precious nectar at their own risk.

These honey hunters are part of a group of villagers who each year go on an expedition to remote areas of the rainforest in search of bee production in Tualang. , a variety of giant trees in the canopy

"This honey is rich in nutrients, it can be used as a medicine, for example cough," says Abdul Samad Ahmad, 60 years old, who has been involved in these risky adventures for more than 20 years.

Like Manuka honey in New Zealand, also prized for its medicinal properties, the Malaysian honey from Tualang is priced at around 150 ringgit ( 30 euros) the kilo, a fortune for d Poor villagers in this Southeast Asian country.

But this ancient practice of honey harvesting is threatened by both deforestation and drastically reduced numbers of bees, as well as lack of interest among the younger generations.

 For these hunters of honey, nothing like climbing on top of trees up to 75 meters high (AFP - Manan VATSYAYANA)

For these hunters of honey, nothing such as climbing at the top of trees up to 75 meters high (AFP – Manan VATSYAYANA)

For these hunters of honey, nothing better than climbing on top of trees measuring up to 75 meters top and collect this unique honey produced by bees feeding on exotic jungle flowers.

The collection season runs from February to April in the Ula Muda forest (north), when colonies of bees arrive from other parts of Asia to build natural hives on branches Tualang hes.

– Multiple bites –

 A giant Tualang tree in the Ulu Muda forest, February 11, 2018 (AFP - Manan VATSYAYANA)

A giant Tualang tree in the forest of Tualang Ulu Muda, February 11, 2018 (AFP – Manan VATSYAYANA)

On a recent expedition, Abdul Samad Ahmad and six other honey hunters dug into the rainforest before crossing a lake aboard two small boats to reach a Tualang on which they have already harvested honey at least 15 times in twenty years.

During the day, they nailed sticks in the form of stairs on the trunk to climb the tree. Then assembled roots to create a burning torch.

When the night comes, they put on several pairs of socks and t-shirts, as well as thick jackets to protect themselves from insects, before climbing on a giant tree. Equipped with a headlamp to illuminate in total darkness, they climb the tree and strike with their burning torch against the trunk shortly before reaching the swarm. Suddenly, thousands of bees fly away, attracted by the light of sparks that fall to the ground, offering hunters a rare moment to cut pieces of alveoli containing the honey and fill their bucket.

 A hunter of honey removes bees from honeycombs in Ulu Muda forest, February 12, 2018 (AFP - Manan VATSYAYANA)

Honey hunter removes bees from honeycombs in Ulu Muda forest, 12 february 2018 (AFP – Manan VATSYAYANA)

They go from tree to tree to harvest as much nectar as possible and are bitten many times but continue to collect the honey imperturbably. The work lasts all night. At dawn, they come back with 43 kilograms of honey and sting pains they say they are used to.

"If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, the bees sting you until your body is swollen, "says one of the hunters, Zaini Abdul Hamid. Potentially deadly? Neither he nor his friends are aware of deaths related to this collection of honey, he says.

– Deforestation –

"This honey is rich in nutrients and can be used as a medicine, cough for example "(AFP – Manan VATSYAYANA)

This old and dangerous practice no longer interests younger generations in the villages: none of those who participated in recent expeditions are under 45, and some are even in their sixties.

The youngest "prefer to play with their gadgets, we ask them to come, but that does not interest them," says a honey hunter, Mohamad Khairi Mohamad Arshad, 50.

Honey production is in any case "threatened by the felling of trees and the reduction of forests" to make room for plantations and homes, says Makhdzir Mardan, a bee specialist at Putra Malaysia University. 19659002] The number of bees in the forest of Ulu Muda has declined in recent years. Mr. Mardan says he counted 128 natural hives on a single tree during an expedition to this forest in 1983 and today has only 40.

Experts have long been sounding the alarm on the decline of bee colonies around the world, mainly because of pesticides that decimate pollinator populations.

Driven into the jungle, Mr. Arshad and his honey-hunting friends are sad, there are many fewer flowers than before. "The places where bees are looking for food are disappearing," says Arshad, 50. "If there are not enough flowers, the bees will not come anymore."

Malaysia arrests 10 suspected Islamic militants

Malaysian police have arrested 10 suspects trying to build a stronghold on the island of Borneo

The suspects were arrested in a series of raids in January and early February, according to a statement issued by national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Within the group of suspects is a 27-year-old Filipino man believed to be a senior Abu Sayyaf leader, a known terrorist group that often kidnaps and decapitates foreign tourists.

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Fuzi said the suspects were accused of helping ISIS militants travel from the state of Sabah, located in Borneo, to the southern Philippines, where Muslim rebels since the 1970s fighting against government troops in an effort to establish self-government. [ab/lt]

Articles on How to Identify LGBT Tuai Protests in Malaysia

An article on how to identify lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) published by a Malaysian newspaper reap anger in social media, amid growing clashes of militant groups, Reuters reported on Tuesday ( 13/2).

The LGBT community often suffered persecution in Malaysia. Sodomy includes criminal offenses in Malaysia and the government also supports campaigns to stop homosexuals and transgender.

The article was published by the best-selling Malay daily, Sinar Harian, containing a list of tips on how to identify gays or lesbians.

Gay masculine gay usually likes to "wear tight shirts to show his abdominal muscles" and bearded or mustache. The next sentence says gay men who are stylish like women, will be glaring whenever they see a handsome man.

Lesbians are portrayed as haters of men who are very jealous and cuddle and hand in hand.

"I know many pastors and ustaz. I know many religious people who like to keep a long beard. Do you mean they are gay? "Said Arwind Kumar, who uploaded a 4 minute video on his Facebook account, criticizing the theory.

Many incidents in Malaysia are often homophobic. In June, the Health Ministry launched a contest on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgender. The contest was later canceled after pressure from various LGBT groups.

A "gay scene" in the Walt Disney cartoon movie "Beauty and the Best" almost resulted in the film being banned in cinemas in Malaysia last year. [fw/au]

Malaysia bans controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat'

Kuala Lumpur
 The Malaysian government banned the controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat' in his country. The film, starring the famous actress Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, is considered to give a negative picture of a Muslim sultan.

As reported by Reuters Friday (2/2/2018), the Malaysian government rejected the depiction of the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the film. The film itself tells the figure of Padmavati who is the figure of Hindu Queen of the 14th century and the Muslim Sultan who invaded Hindustan.

"He (Sultan Alauddin Khilji-red) is described as an arrogant, cruel, inhuman, sly Sultan with many trickery, unreliable, and non-practicing Islam, "the Malaysian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs asserts, the Film Censorship Board has decided the film is 'not approved for airing' in all cinemas in Malaysia. An appeal from the film's distributor has been rejected by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board on Tuesday (30/1) this week.

Bollywood films are very popular in Malaysia, which is about 7 percent of India's 32 million people.

The film 'Padmaavat' itself has long reaped controversy and protests in his native India. Controversy even emerged since the film was still in the shooting stage. Radical groups in India who protested the film called the film 'Padmaavat' has mistakenly described intimate scenes between Padmavati and Khilji, the two main characters. Producers have asserted that the film portrays Padmavati's honorable figure.

Despite the controversy, the film 'Padmaavat' is still allowed to air in India. This is because on January 23 last, the Indian Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit of the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government that requested the film was banned. The Supreme Court emphasized the action of banning films clearly violating the freedom of creativity.

Later in early January, the Indian Film Certification Center Board (CBFC), which regulates censorship and film certification, allowed 'Padmaavat' to air in cinemas beginning January 25. CBFC allows the controversial film to air with a number of cuts in scenes. Not only that, CBFC also requested that the title of the film be changed from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmavat' and 'Padmaavat'.

To protest the decision, hundreds of people staged a massive rally in India, malls and vehicle burning. Despite the protests, India's 'Padmaavat' movie show has reportedly gained a profit of 1.43 billion or equivalent to Rp 299 billion within seven days.

(nvc / ita)

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Malaysia Approves US Companies Continue Searching for Lost Planes

The Malaysian government has signed a deal with a US exploration company to continue searching for a MH370 lost plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur , Houston-based Ocean Infinity will search for the missing plane on condition that it is not paid if it is not found.

The company will be paid $ 20 million if the Boeing 777 is found in exploration in an area of ​​5,000 kilometers, 30 million dollars if found in the area an area of ​​10,000 kilometers of persedi and 50 million dollars in an area of ​​25,000 square kilometers. Payments will increase to 70 million dollars if the missing plane is found in the exploration area of ​​more than 25,000 square kilometers.

Malaysian Airlines Airlines MH370 numbers disappeared March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew in it . [ab/uh]