Experts believe there are about 50,000 to 60,000 of the two species of orangutans left in the wild, 80 percent of them in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia.
China has claimed historical sovereignty over the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea.
The number of foreign maids in Malaysia has dropped to about 220,000 from about 270,000 in 2008, according to the Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies.
Twenty six gecko species are found only in the Philippines, which also has eight other varieties that are also found elsewhere, according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje.
Malaysia runs two parallel legal systems. The civil courts cater to its non-Muslim citizens while the Islamic system decides issues affecting the fate of the country’s Muslim majority.
Lee Kuan Yew, whose Asian model of economic prosperity and tight social control made him one of the most influential political figure of Asia. His title now, is minister mentor, a powerful presence within the current government led by his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.