Earth Day statement by Johor Opposition Leader Liew Chin Tong on 23 April 2022
After the massive floods in December 2021, I hope on this Earth Day in 2022, Malaysians would at least agree that climate change is not fictional and not something distant that has nothing to do with us in our daily lives.
The world will face more extreme weather – droughts, floods, cyclones, bushfires, in the years to come.
Being the only state in Peninsular Malaysia that is surrounded by water on three sides, namely the Straits of Malacca, Tebrau Strait, and the South China Sea, Johor has to be more climate resilient, for obvious reasons.
We need to do everything we can, not just to prepare for disaster relief but also future disaster prevention.
Also, our clean water sources will never be secured if we don’t protect our forests, greens and rivers.
Climate change and building resilience for Johor should be high up on the agenda of the Johor State Government, local authorities and the society at large.
The Johor Opposition under my leadership offers the State Government bipartisan cooperation on climate change.
I will propose to the Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz that one of the bipartisan select committees that he is envisaging should have climate change and resilience as its subject.