The Government of Malaysia has also been a long-time supporter of wildlife conservation, consistently passing legislation that ensures the protection of critical wildlife. As early as 1976, the Third Malaysia Plan established 15 conservation areas covering over 5,600 km². Conservation efforts have consistently increased since, with stronger regulations governing industries and a consistent focus on sustainable development.
The Government, and specifically the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, supports a number of programs to maintain and improve conservation areas and the protection of critical species, such as rehabilitating preserves and enforcing conservation laws. These efforts are funded, in part, by the palm oil industry.
The Wildlife Conservation Act of 2010 has increased penalties against poaching and illegal killings and established a robust legal framework within which Malaysia can protect biodiversity and support individual conservation efforts.
Malaysia is also an active participant in international conservation organizations and forums, including the Convention on Biological Diversity where it promotes sustainable development and biological conservation.