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President - Dr. Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad

I have been teaching and conducting research at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 1984 until 2017 and was appointed as Professor in Mammal Ecology in 1999. Together with Dr. Tigga Kingston I was involved in the setting-up of the Malaysian Bat Conservation & Research Unit. This unit was sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation, Earthwatch Institute (USA), National Geographical Society (USA), Organisation for Bat Conservation (USA), Boston University & Texas Tech University.

Vice President - Hymeir Kamarudin

I have been involved in caves and limestone since I first started caving in 1987 as a Malaysian Nature Society member. Been exploring caves in most parts of Malaysia and other countries like Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Thailand. Worked with WWF Malaysia (1991 – 2004) exploring and mapping caves in Perlis, Langkawi and mainland Kedah. Involved with the establishment of the Perlis State Park, a major limestone area. Cave Consultant in the show cave development of Keriang Caves near Alor Star. Founder of an eco-lodge Earth Lodge located in the forest of Ulu Muda (2011 – current). Partner in Cave Management Group managing the Dark Caves at Batu Caves. (2012-current).

Secretary - Dr. Nur Atiqah Abd Rahman

Since 2007, I have been gaining experience in my research on diversity and ecology of small mammals especially bats in various landscape including mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, limestone forest, plantation areas and urban landscapes. For my PhD studies, I conducted research on feeding, ranging and roosting behaviors of synantrophic bats at suburban and agricultural landscape. I am also actively involved in environmental awareness programmes and youth programmes (ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program, ASEAN + Young Leaders Summit, ASEAN Young Public Servants). My first visit to the Dark Cave Conservation Site in 2012 made me more aware on the importance of cave and karsts conservation and I believe it is very important to engage and educate the community about natural heritage that we have.

Treasurer - Nurul Hidayah

Started work with the Cave Management Group in 2011 and was appointed as Manager of Cave Management Group in 2014.

Committee Member - Dr. Ruth Kiew

Ruth Kiew - professor of Botany at UPM, Keeper of the Herbarium and Library in Singapore Botanic Gardens, currently FRIM Fellow for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Project.


Plant taxonomist and conservationist began to work on limestone with the MNS Expedition to the limestone in Taman Negara in 1985. Has described three new genera and many species of herbaceous plants from limestone. Carried out surveys of limestone plants in Perak (for MNS), Perlis (WWF-Malaysia) and Kelantan (WWF-Malaysia). Currently heading a team from FRIM to survey the flora of limestone hills in Peninsular Malaysia. Has also carried out surveys of limestone in Sabah, Kuching Division, Sarawak (with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre) and described many new species of begonia with Julia Sang, Biodiversity Research Centre, Sarawak Forestry. Recently with the FRIM team carried out a Rapid Conservation Assessment of Batu Caves, Selangor.

Committee Member - Surin Suksuwan

My main interest is in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management particularly protected area planning and management, forest landscape management and plant conservation. I started becoming interested in caves as a student at Leeds University in the UK where I was a member of the Caving Society. Later on, I was active in the Caving group of the Malaysian Nature Society and took part in the caving course organised by the group as well as caving trips. I became a volunteer at the Dark Caves at Batu Caves for a short period of time in the late 1990s. Through my involvement in a project on the conservation and development of Perlis State Park (2000-2003) and other subsequent projects, I became more involved in cave and karst conservation.

Committee Member - Dr. Ros Fatihah Binti Haji Muhammad

A senior lecturer in Department of Geology, University Malaya. Began  working on karst geomorphology in 1995. Currently involved in collaborative work on karst cliffs mapping with Lidar, karst Quaternary paleontology and paleoclimate.

Committee Member - Kavin Raj

Topics of interest include Herpetology, Evolutionary Biology and Speleology. After graduating from the United States, my job as an Education Officer in the Dark Cave, Batu Caves Malaysia was an eye opener as, I ventured into the relatively unknown realm of caves. Currently involved in the Batu Caves Scientific Expedition and I am working on the elusive Liphistius batuensis (Trapdoor spider) in the Dark Cave.

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