Last updated: 15 Sept 2023 12:57pm GMT+8

We have set up a new membership programme since July 2023. Please visit the new Macaranga Supporters page.

Thank you
Macaranga Supporters!


THANK YOU sincerely to everyone who contributed to our first-ever Supporters Campaign! 

You contributed RM26,900; the total number of contributors was 93; and the average contribution was RM289.25.

Composition of Macaranga Supporters 2022

That makes it 13.2% of the amount that we targeted. We are grateful for every sen as it helps enable us to be answerable to the people who matter – you, our reader – and to keep our content free to read by all your fellow readers. We shall allocate the funds as follows:

Proposed allocation of funds raised from Macaranga Supporters

To cover the rest of our costs, as stated in our campaign FAQ, we will scale back on increasing content we produce, continue to pay out of our own pockets, raise funds through other means, including institutional grants and conducting workshops/training, as well as forging partnerships that allow us to retain our editorial independence.

We’d like to thank all the supporters for your contributions, for spreading the word and sending us such encouraging messages. This shows us above and beyond, that we are on the right track and that helps us to keep going the coming year. 

Here’s to another year of Macaranga journalism!

List of Maranga Supporters 2022

{For Merbau and Cengal supporters, you will be receiving emails from us about your rewards next week.}


The December 2021 Supporters Campaign below


Be A Macaranga Supporter

Four tiers from which to choose, named after trees found in Malaysia.

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Campaign: Dec 1 - 31, 2021

If you would like to contribute more than RM1,000 and be a patron, please email:

Rewards for each tier of contribution

Natural history books to be given to Merbau contributors*Limited, first-come-first-served. These natural history books cover various ecosystems and protected areas in Malaysia. They were produced in the 2000s and are overruns, due to be burned. They contain beautiful photos, many specially commissioned, and thoroughly-researched writing by Siew Lyn. Only for Merbau & Cengal supporters. Free delivery within Malaysia.  (Ref: Terms & Conditions)


Handmade dolls of animals; these are rewards for Macaranga supporters who contributed at the Cengal tier.

** Limited and first-come-first-served. These handmade dolls are knitted or crocheted by Yao Hua's mother.  Each is 20-30 cm tall. Only for Cengal supporters. Free delivery within Malaysia. (Ref: Terms & Conditions)

Last modified on 30 November 2021 11:26 Malaysian time

These Terms and Conditions govern the relationship between Macaranga Media Sdn Bhd (“MMSB”) and each supporter. By making a financial contribution (“Contribution”), the supporter agrees and acknowledges that:

  1. The contribution is made subject to these Terms and Conditions, which shall constitute a legally binding agreement between the supporter and MMSB (the “Agreement”).
  2. The supporter is aged 18 or over.
  3. The contribution is provided by the supporter to MMSB to pay for the services rendered by MMSB to produce editorial and related content for subject to MMSB’s right to return any contribution at its discretion.
  4. The supporter has no rights to dictate the editorial policy or output of MMSB.
  5. The content shall be available free to everyone.
  6. This is not a charitable donation and supporters are not eligible to any tax relief in Malaysia or worldwide.
  7. No party may receive funds on behalf of MMSB.

Processing of contribution

  1. Each contribution will be identifiable by a unique payment provider identification number and so are individually refundable, and will be accounted for separately by MMSB.
  2. Once the contribution is processed, MMSB is entitled to the full amount of the contribution and the supporter has no entitlement to the return of a contribution in any circumstances other than as specified in these Terms and Conditions.

Refund of contribution

  1. MMSB reserves the right to refuse and return any contribution in its absolute discretion, including without limitation where it believes that accepting the contribution would conflict with the mission, values or interests of MMSB, and/or where, having regard to the source of the contribution or intentions of the supporter, MMSB considers that to accept the contribution could damage the independence or reputation of MMSB or adversely affect the relationship of MMSB with other supporters or stakeholders.
  2. Any refused and/or returned contributions shall be repaid into the account from which the contribution was made.
  3. MMSB reserves the right to request from the supporter their full name and any information that it considers necessary to determine the provenance of the contribution.
  4. If the supporter refuses to provide any information requested by MMSB under clause 1, MMSB may refuse and return the contribution to the supporter at its discretion.

Recurring payment

  1. Supporters can opt for contribution to be recurring, and if it is so, the contribution shall be recurring unless and until it is ended by either MMSB or the supporter in accordance with the provisions of section 5 (Refunds and Cancellation of Contributions).
  2. Recurring contributions can be cancelled by choosing so by the supporters on their respective profile pages.

Use of data

  1. MMSB abides by the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010.


  1. Neither MMSB nor any affiliated person, employee, agent, officer or director shall be liable for any loss suffered by any supporter or other person arising out of or in connection with a contribution, whether direct or indirect, including loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of business or anticipated savings, loss of use, loss of goodwill, loss of data, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, except in respect of any liability for death or personal injury or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
  • For any queries about your contribution, please email:

Dear Readers,

For two years, we have been reporting on Malaysians and our environment.

Nearly 90 stories, all free to read.

Stories of forests, coasts, hills, and seas. Of loggers, fishers, scientists, officials, and Orang Asli.

In text, photos, audio, and videos. Read online, heard on radio, and watched on TV.

We have won four journalism grants and a fellowship from variously the Pulitzer Centre and Earth Journalism Network to fund some stories.

For most of our stories and to keep Macaranga running, we have paid out of our own pockets.

Truth is,  Macaranga needs sustainable revenue to continue.
You can help.

Consider paying to support us and to keep our stories free to read.
Please share this page and spread the word!
Siew Lyn and Yao Hua, co-founders

Why Support Us?

We felt there was a gap. So we decided to see if we could try to fill it. In 2019, Yao Hua and Siew Lyn, science and environmental writers, came up with Macaranga.

Since then, we have been working hard to produce the most insightful, balanced and relevant journalism to address the pressing issues related to the environment, climate crisis and sustainability. We focus on Malaysia because we are Malaysian and the issues here are local but also come from and impact way beyond our borders.

Read more.

  • You get specialist writing on environmental issues in Malaysia
  •  You get original long-form story-telling
  •  You feel the hours of meticulous research and careful fact-checking
  •  You will hear all sides of the story (if all sides respond to us)
  •  All content is absolutely free – no ads, no paywall (OK, we have one affiliate link)
  •  You get some stories in Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese
  •  You get to support the cloning of ourselves a.k.a. our mentoring of specialist environmental writers, - the Sprouts.
  •  You get to support the curating of commentaries by environmental experts
  •  We consciously include perspectives from indigenous communities, women, youth, non-urbanites and East Malaysia
  • 2021/22 Pulitzer Centre Rainforest Investigation Network Fellowship (Yao Hua, 1 year; Forest-use stories)
  • 2021 Environmental Journalism Network Grant (Siew Lyn, seahorse conservation)
  • 2020 Pulitzer Centre Rainforest Journalism Grant (Yao Hua & Siew Lyn, #ForestFiles series)
  • 2020 Environmental Journalism Network Grant (Siew Lyn, impact of COVID-19 on environmental sectors)

Selected Stories

What Your Contribution Goes To

For details, please refer to the F.A.Q. below, and watch this video where we give you a little sense of what goes into the editorial process we use to create our full-length stories. (Video poster: Business vector created by pikisuperstar)

What Readers Say

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Largely editorial expenses.

This involves the entire content producing chain from strategising and planning to producing content (research, reporting, writing, sourcing of and/or producing visuals [photographs, maps, graphs]), editing content (text, photographs, visuals); web backend (laying out, editing, proofreading; double checking for mobile versions); commissioning and overseeing stories by freelance writers and curating guest commentary writers; mentoring and editing stories by Macaranga Sprouts new journalists; overseeing and editing translations into Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese, promoting stories (Twitter and Facebook, BFM radio, extending stories’ reach through partner media); developing partnerships with local and international media.

Operational costs involve running the company (financials, taxes, strategising the growth of the company).

No, a subscription is for content that non-subscribers cannot access, whereas all our content is free for everyone. This contribution supports the production of content and access to all content for everyone.

No, as per our Terms and Conditions, the supporter has no right to ask for the return of a contribution.

Our grants are for specific stories (see above). However, this does not cover all the other work and expenses mentioned above. We have instead invested our own time and our own money into building Macaranga since the company started.

We produce about 4 stories a month at the moment, including stories by the Sprouts and commentary writers. Our investigative and analytical features can take 1— 6 months to produce. But the response to our stories confirms that there is demand and a need for more of such stories.

We want to produce more stories and mentor more freelance and new environmental journalists as well as pay for visuals. We will still apply for grants to continue with our investigative and analytical features.

100% of the funds raised for the Sprouts programme pays new environmental journalists to produce their stories. Even as they are learning how to produce journalism, new writers need to be paid, we believe. On the other hand, we do not get paid for mentoring and editing, which can take 2—4 weeks per story.

We will work with whatever funds you generously contribute, and will reduce the content we produce. We also plan to raise funds through other means, including institutional grants and conducting workshops/training, as well as forging partnerships that retains our editorial independence.

We are only accepting one-time annual contributions for now for administrative and planning purposes (i.e. there’s only two of us running everything).

Yes, we will consider it. Please email

In January 2022.

If you are within Malaysia, we would cover shipping fees.

If you are outside of Malaysia, we would contact you to pay for shipping. International deliveries are via Aramex. Click here to check the shipping rates for your country.

(For Merbau contributors, the parcel weigh is up to 1.3 kg; for Cengal contributors, it's up to 1.5 kg)

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