Since 2016, YTL has been a key supporter of the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch through the Tanjong Jara Resort project by providing finances for the construction and maintenance of our turtle hatcheries and visitor’s hut, as well as operational costs such as wages for rangers that we work with and transportation fees.
Yayasan Sime Darby
A major sponsor of our Lang Tengah island project for two seasons (early 2021 to early 2023) and Chakar Hutan mainland project for one season (2022 to 2023), Yayasan Sime Darby’s sponsorship enables us to continue our work during the challenging pandemic period specifically in the areas of sea turtle conservation, coral restoration works, and raising awareness through our educational outreach activities.
With the support from the CIMB Foundation from mid 2022 to 2023, the Chakar Hutan project was established in June 2022. The project engages local communities in turtle conservation and tourism activities and raises awareness through school programmes. The foundation had also provided us with funding during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. These funds were used to sustain the Implementation of waste collection and development of disposal protocols for Lang Tengah island, the identification of terrestrial fauna and flora species, and the Improved sanctuary practices and continued monitoring of turtle landings.
MaGIC Penjana SIM Grant
This social impact matching grant, which matches every Ringgit we have crowdfunded, has helped us tremendously in being able to continue our work on the ground after being severely affected financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sea of Change
Through their ‘Reef Rescue and Rapid Response Grant’, Sea of Change funded a reef cleanup operation on Lang Tengah island in 2019. This enabled us to remove vast amounts of man-made debris that was causing great damage to the reefs fringing the island. Today, they continue to partially fund sea turtle conservation and coral restoration work on the island through their ‘Conservation Priority Grants' for 2021 to 2022.
WWF Malaysia is supporting us by partially funding our conservation work through their ‘Conservation Partnership Scheme Grant’ in 2021 to 2022.
Dulwich College Singapore
DCS provided S$5,300 for 15 nest adoptions, five beach clean ups (including boat fees), and 100 Precious Plastic pendants to be made from collected ocean trash. LTTW is carrying out all these activities whilst also aiming to give virtual tours/talks to DCS in the future.
Rotary Club of Kelana Jaya
The Rotary Club of Kelana Jaya (RCKJ) made a donation to LTTW after President Leslie Yeap along with other RCKJ members visited Tanjong Jara and attended a hatchery tour here.
Simplify brings internet access to all LTTW project sites at Lang Tengah, Tanjong Jara and Chakar Hutan by providing each site with a Simplify Starter Pack, which bundles a plug-and-play 4G WiFi router with an unlimited data SIM.
In early 2021, Steve and Su Yin Hagger raised funds for various conservation and environmental organisations; Su Yin's "50th Birthday Challenge" was to run 500km in 12 weeks "for NGOs close to my heart". She said of us at LTTW : “ ...amazing work on conservation; I’ve never seen such a small group of individuals achieve so much.”
The Dulwich Murugason Sustainability Fund (“the DCM Sustainability Fund”) was conceptualized by Ranjit Murugason and is spurred by his concern for our environment and especially with an eye to the future for our children and their future. The DCM Sustainability Fund is currently helping to facilitate the urgent conservation of marine environments, in particular, and is administered by Dulwich College Singapore, with projects led by its senior students.
After spending some time away from Malaysia, Terengganu-born artist Jennifer visited the Tanjong Jara project and decided to pledge a large portion of proceeds from her exhibition, ‘Awakening’ to construct a larger and newer Jennifer Tan Research Hatchery at Tanjong Jara Resort, allowing more eggs to be rescued.
Department of Fisheries
All our projects work very closely with the Department of Fisheries, more specifically the Terengganu State Department of Fisheries, to conserve the sea turtle populations and protect their habitats, together with the Marine Park and Resources Management Division to conserve the marine ecosystems in the marine park islands.
Tanjong Jara Resort
This beautiful resort is home to our LTTW team in Dungun, providing them with ample space to build hatcheries and self-cater within comfortable accommodation. Tanjong Jara Resort is now an instrumental space for turtle conservation and gives us a platform to creating awareness for the work that we do.
Ministry of Education
Creating awareness in the minds of the younger generation is crucial for the survival of a species, and we have the support from the Terengganu State Education Department and District Education Office in carrying out educational outreach activities to the local schools in Terengganu, as well as various other schools.
To mitigate the issue of waste management, more specifically in removing trash from the environment, we work closely with the Dungun Municipal Council (MPD) and Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council (MBKT). We recently collaborated with MPD in organising a beach cleanup event during the International Coastal Cleanup Day in 2020.
Garden International School
Two educational videos were created for Garden International School by LTTW, and their Year 1 students then created postcards to be sold. The funds raised by this creative initiative were then donated to LTTW, while the school also adopted a nest.
Supporting the research being conducted in our hatcheries, Monash University has also provided equipment to undertake these scientific studies. Symbiotically, the findings from these studies are then used to help inform and refine turtle hatchery management practices world-wide.
Trinity Kids Malaysia
LTTW conducted a virtual field trip with Trinity Kids Malaysia (TKM), and produced a video which included a tour of our hatchery. A fundraiser was organised by TKM, which included a personal donation by Richard Boston.
Afro-Caribbean restaurant and bar, Joloko put the fun in fundraiser, by auctioning the work of four artists that was donated to LTTW. Raffle tickets were sold, with prizes donated by The Resthouse, Sala Restaurant KL, and others, while Joloko’s bar sales from the night also went to LTTW.
British High Commission Kuala Lumpur
We have worked closely with the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur to tackle the issue of marine plastics in Terengganu by organising beach clean-ups involving the local community, and conducted extensive workshops and outreach programmes with local schools.
Fauna & Flora International
In the past, an exchange programme with Fauna & Flora International Cambodia saw staff from their sea turtle project take part in a two-week training and learning at LTTW, in a knowledge sharing initiative to further sea turtle conservation efforts throughout Southeast Asia. Here, they learned about how we conduct our conservation activities in Peninsular Malaysia, understanding the nuances and adoption methods needed to operate effectively in different countries within the region.
Air Asia and Tourism Malaysia
To minimise the use of white light on nesting beaches, both Air Asia and Tourism Malaysia provided funding for the purchase of red light head torches that were issued to resort staff and guests, as well as other desired equipment for the project throughout the 2016 season.
The Body Shop Malaysia
The British ethically sourced and cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare brand kindly supplied our camp with biodegradable toiletries for all our staff and volunteers to use.
As part of their ‘Save The Blue’ campaign, Kosé sponsored two beach cleanups in 2017 and 2018. A total of 120 school children and 40 university students were involved—removing over 1,300 kg (1.3 tonnes) of rubbish from the beach adjacent to Tanjong Jara Resort.
Straw Free KL
Straw Free KL kindly pledged a portion of the proceeds from sales of their reusable, metal straws to sponsor a beach cleanup with us in 2019.
And finally, to all of our private patrons and supporters who have funded school visits, beach cleanups, research equipments, nest adoptions, hatcheries, the Visitors’s Hut and more — we send you our sincerest thanks and gratitude, on behalf of our turtles.