SUNWAY LAGOON AND SUNWAY UNIVERSITY COLLABORATES TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR MALAYSIA THROUGH THEIR EDUTAINMENT PLATFORMS

Published by Kevin Chong @ 18/08/2020

Calvin Ho, Executive Director of Sunway Theme Parks, Professor Dr. Shyamala. Associate Professor - Department of Biological Sciences of Sunway University, Dr. Elizabeth Lee, CEO of Sunway Education Group taking a group photo at the launch

On 17 August 2020, a press conference was held to announce the collaboration between Sunway Lagoon and Sunway University to enhance tertiary education in Malaysia. Both parties, built on a diverse heritage and legacies, unveil its research project on sun bears in Malaysia. The two subspecies of Sun bear in Malaysia, the Malayan subspecies, and the Bornean subspecies, are relatively difficult to differentiate between subspecies based on physical characteristics; Therefore, research on the species' phylogeny is immensely important to our nation. 

M. Magendaran Marimuthu, Assistant General Manager giving a speech at the event

Calvin Ho, Executive Director of Sunway Theme Parks, Professor Dr. Shyamala. Associate Professor - Department of Biological Sciences of Sunway University, Dr. Elizabeth Lee, CEO of Sunway Education Group taking a group photo at the launch

The research on landscape characteristics and population genetic structure of Sun bears in Malaysia will be led by Associate Professor Dr. Shyamala Ratnayeke, Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Jactty Chew, a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, Sunway University. Part of the project's objectives is to assess genetic variation of sun bears in Malaysia, and Sunway Lagoon is pleased to contribute genetic samples from the Sun Bears in its wildlife park. The first study to evaluate genetic divergence between the peninsula and Bornean subspecies has been made possible through these initiatives. This collaborative venture between Sunway Lagoon and Sunway University promotes the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the creation of edutainment platforms, which Malaysia truly needs to achieve a better, more sustainable future. 

Dr Elizabeth Lee, CEO of Sunway University

Fun Facts about Sunbears

Calvin Ho, Executive Director of Sunway Theme Parks, said, "Our global renowned SDG focus on sustainability and lifelong learning makes Sunway Lagoon more than just a theme park. We are firm believers of merging science and tangible experiences to all our guests". 

Sunway's fun edutainment activities

The research project on Sun bears reflects the development of conservation educational programs between Sunway Lagoon and Sunway University. All Asian bears are threatened by habitat loss and poaching for body parts that are commercially valuable for traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. Sunway Lagoon and Sunway University aim to create greater awareness among visitors to the problems faced by sun bears and to inspire action that will help to conserve our unique native wildlife. 

The Peninsular Sun Bear

Dr. Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group, said, "A small act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal today is the very act which will ensure the sustainability of the fellow creatures who share the earth with us. As joint inhabitants of this planet, we need to protect each other, preserve the environment, and ensure the future. Just as the sun-bears are an endangered species, so is our eco-system, the fabric of our existence. Sunway supports the SDGs and strives to safeguard all lives on land, in the air, and under the sea. Won't you all join us?"