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Malaysia not seen as ‘strategic environmental companion’ by US, says DAP chief on local weather summit snub

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is clearly not seen as a “strategic environmental companion on local weather motion” by the US, mentioned Democratic Motion Social gathering’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng on Thursday (Apr 8). 

This got here after atmosphere minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man defined that Malaysia will not be concerned in a US-led digital leaders summit for local weather change as it’s not amongst prime greenhouse gasoline emitters and people most susceptible to the consequences of local weather change. 

In a press release, Mr Lim mentioned: “Tuan Ibrahim’s reason why Malaysia was not invited has proven him to be no completely different from former US President Donald Trump’s lack of information and enthusiasm for local weather change activism.”

Mr Lim acknowledged that the reasoning by the minister was unacceptable.  

“Tuan Ibrahim’s rationale for Malaysia’s exclusion is that Malaysia will not be climate-vulnerable like Vietnam and Indonesia, in addition to not an enormous nation contributor to 80 per cent of greenhouse gases (GHG) to restrict world warming to 1.5 levels Celsius.

“Such Trump-like reasoning is unacceptable and dishonest when Singapore can be invited, regardless that Singapore shouldn’t come below both of the classes of GHG manufacturing or being climate-vulnerable,” he mentioned. 

Mr Lim famous that all nations have been climate-vulnerable. “Solely the diploma that they’ve contributed in direction of selling local weather change motion of their area is the differentiating issue,” he mentioned.

“Clearly Malaysia will not be seen as a strategic environmental companion on local weather change motion by the US, inferior even to Vietnam, regardless of slowly turning into a favoured dumping floor for US’ co-called ‘clear’ plastic waste.”

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Mr Lim additionally mentioned that Mr Tuan Ibrahim shouldn’t be in a state of denial by the snub from the US and urged for the latter to react responsibly and positively.

“Tuan Ibrahim ought to convene a Nationwide Local weather Change Convention to flesh out contemporary concepts on tips on how to transfer ahead to revive Malaysia’s activism and management,” he added.

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Final month, the White Home mentioned that 40 world leaders, together with these from China, Japan, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and New Zealand, have been invited to attend a digital leaders summit on local weather change. The summit will probably be held on Apr 22 and 23.

On Tuesday, Mr Tuan Ibrahim mentioned in a press release that Malaysia won’t be concerned in the occasion as it’s for giant economies that collectively contribute to 80 per cent of world GHG emissions.

“(The summit) can be associated to nations which are most susceptible to the consequences of local weather change comparable to Vietnam and Indonesia. Malaysia will not be included in both class,” he added.

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Malaysian Minister of Setting and Water Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. (File photograph: Bernama)

The minister additionally identified that different nations that stand out within the world local weather change agenda comparable to Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand have been additionally not invited.

“The summit is a one-off occasion which doesn’t have an effect on negotiations and choices below the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change,” he added. 

The Tuesday assertion by Mr Tuan Ibrahim got here after Mr Lim mentioned the Perikatan Nasional authorities has didn’t push “inexperienced insurance policies” when in comparison with the Pakatan Harapan administration. 

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