With a change in the government after the recent general election in Malaysia, there is a sense of optimism across different sectors, not just about fighting corruption, improving the economics or reducing the cost of living.
As a conservationist, I feel that there is hope for our environment under a new government. We have members of parliament like Hannah Yeoh who is dedicated to preserve the greenery in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Perhaps more politicians will go towards this direction, to also conserve our marine, freshwater, mangrove and freshwater resources.
When our Prime Minister first announced the 10 ministries to be in place, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) were not on the list. Why MOA is a concern too? That’s because the protection of sea turtles and all marine resources fall under the Department of Fisheries, which is under the MOA.
Before Tun Dr. Mahathir further announced that there will be 25 ministries but not more than 30, members of Society of Conservation Biology – Malaysia Chapter has started a petition to pledge for a ministry led by a Minister that is dedicated to the protection of the natural resources, biodiversity and environment.
It would be a positive change if this happens. Can’t wait for the Prime Minister to announce the full list of ministries as well as their ministers and deputy ministers.