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AseanAffairs Magazine September - October 2010
CONTENT • BEYOND ASEAN 
• ASEAN BAZAAR • ASEAN TALK
ASEAN AVIATION • INSIDE OUT
• ASEAN ENERGY • OPINION
• ASEAN TRAVELLER • SAVE OUR PLANET MALYSIA

Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva

Four months on in the reconciliation process Asean Affairs examines the progress and shortcomings of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s plan to bridge

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>>BEHAVIORAL CHANGE AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS STILL AT ITS INFANCY WITH SOME TENTATIVE STEPS ON BECOMING GREEN, BUT NOT AT ALL WILLING TO SWITCH TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT, FOR EXAMPLE.”<<


Gurmit Singh, Director of Centre for Environment, Technology and Development (CETDEM), and CAN-SEA Regional Coordinator, Malaysia

A CLEAR-CUT COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

      Gurmit Singh has been an environmentalist in Malaysia since 1974 and offers his experienced views on environmental issues inside and outside of Malaysia.

Q: Have you seen greater acceptance of pro-environment views in companies, governments and the public?
A: A general yes but with some grave reservations about the extent.


Q: And if the premise has been generally accepted that there is climate change occurring, have you observed behavioral change in the population and a changed stance from the government and companies?
A: Behavioral change among the general public is still at its infancy with some tentative steps on becoming green, but not at all willing to switch to public transport, for example. We now have a National Climate Policy but its contents are unknown because the PM has yet to launch it. Some companies are now beginning to measure their carbon footprint but little is being made public.

Q:  Are environmental issues being addressed in Malaysia’s school system?
A: Not specifically as a curriculum issue but more in terms of co-curricular activities.

Q: You gave the audience at Save Our Planet a fascinating report about retrofitting your home to become more environmentally friendly. Would you give readers a brief summary about what was accomplished, the steps taken and the costs.

A:A 32-year double storey intermediate terrace house in Petaling Jaya had insulation installed below its roof tiles, a 1kWh grid-connected solar photovoltaic system was installed, as well as aluminium louvres outside the external windows. A rainwater harvesting system was used to water the organic garden of the house. All this work was done in 2004 for a cost of RM115000 (US$28,824). The electricity consumption of the house has been reduced by 33 percent and the electricity index is below 18kWh/m2/yr. Temperatures in the house are generally 3 degrees C below that of the shaded porch without the use of any air-conditioning.

Q: Can you suggest some sources, online and otherwise, for homeowners to obtain information about making their homes more environmentally friendly, as you have done?
Visit our website www.cetdem.org.my.

Time frames are longer than business-as-usual expectations, and its scope - ranging from resource security to market share to social equity to biological diversity - can make it difficult to organise thinking and manage interrelated processes. ...............
 


 

 

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