PUTRAJAYA, June 22 – Prime Minister YAB Ismail Sabri chaired the Malaysian Climate Change Action Council (MyCAC) Meeting online. This is the third MyCAC Meeting after the first and second held in April and October 2021. The meeting was also attended by Chief Ministers and Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, representatives of the Chief Secretary to the Government and experts in the field of climate change.

Among the matters discussed included the direction of flood management to increase the resilience and preparedness of the country to face the impacts of climate change. This is due to Malaysia being exposed to the impact of climate change such as heavy rains which resulted in major floods. This is because Malaysia’s climate has high humidity in addition to the shape of the earth which also contributes to this phenomenon. Among the actions that will be implemented are:

  • Develop a National Adaptation Plan (MyNAP) which includes long -term action plans and strategies and national development strategies for the public health, infrastructure, water security and resources, agriculture as well as forestry and biodiversity sectors;
  • Encourage state governments to adopt the Malaysian Climate Change Adaptation Index to improve response to the impacts of climate change; and
  • Integrate climate change factors in the planning, design and implementation of water and infrastructure sector projects to reduce the risk of flood disasters.

The meeting also discussed the proposed use of electric vehicles (EVs) in organizing large events. This initiative is expected to be a catalyst for the development of the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country as well as reduce GHG emissions effectively. It also has the potential to attract foreign investment, create green jobs as well as save on fuel subsidies by the Government.

The meeting also agreed with the carbon market policy framework developed by the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) which provides basic guidance for carbon credit transactions in Malaysia. The framework emphasizes the importance and advantages of carbon credit transactions at the domestic level to ensure that the implementation of carbon market mechanisms is implemented transparently, thus meeting international standards and contributing to the country’s GHG emission reduction targets.

Currently, KASA is developing a Long -Term National Low Carbon Development Strategy in line with the country’s aspiration to achieve net zero GHG emissions, as early as 2050. The government’s commitment and efforts in leading the climate change agenda will also be continued by participating in the 27th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 6-18 November 2022 which is an annual conference to discuss global issues of climate change.

I will lead the national delegation to the conference with the Chief Ministers and the Ministers of Environment and Water. In line with the aspirations of ‘Sustainable Malaysian Families’, the Federal Government together with state governments and other stakeholders will continue to work together to ensure that the country’s capacity in addressing climate change issues can be strengthened for the well-being of Malaysian Families now and in the future.