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Greater Emphasis on Sustainable Development



Posted on 25 January 2018
The Open Letter to for informed environmental aspiration is available in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil.
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~ Open Letter to All Political Parties for Informed Environmental Aspiration ~

Petaling Jaya: Amidst speculations and uncertainties, Malaysians know the 14th General Election (GE14) is on the way, as the parliamentary term is due to expire in August 2018. A group of non-governmental bodies have come together to call on political parties to recognise the environmental aspirations of the citizens of Malaysia by including their commitment to the environment in their Party Manifesto and ensuring that they are given high priority to safeguard sustainable development for current and future generations.

The Open Letter to all political parties is signed by Biji-biji Initiative, Civil Society Organisations for Sustainable Development Goals (CSO-SDG) Alliance, Ecocentric Transitions, EcoKnights, Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM), Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) Spiral, Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch, Power Shift Malaysia, Reef Check Malaysia, Sabah Women's Action Resource Group (SAWO), Sabah Environmental Trust, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM), Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES), Wetlands International Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia.

They write to urge political parties to make sound environmental aspirations a priority and a reality. The open letter was prepared in a neutral and non-partisan manner. It contained no praises nor criticisms to avoid misuse by political parties for their own propaganda or campaign. They call on the media to interview the political party presidents for their response to this open letter.

Malaysians must aim to achieve development in a sustainable way to balance our aspirations for economic growth without compromising our natural capital, such as environmental assets, social systems and cultural resources. Only then can we ensure higher standards of living for current and future generations.

It is common for NGOs to increase their lobbying effort before an election. Before GE13, a group of environmental NGOs under the umbrella of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) made a similar attempt. With election around the corner, this will add to the election fever and debate. The topic of environment will not only be of interest to the younger generation but also parents and grandparents. Rural and urban constituencies are equally concerned about the environment as that is part of human well-being. 

The group welcomes more organisations to be a signatory to this open letter, believing it would make a more compelling voice. The letter is available in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil.

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For more information, please contact:

Ambika Sangaran
Biji-biji Initiative

Datuk Denison Jayasooria
Civil Society Organisations for Sustainable Development Goals (CSO-SDG) Alliance

Firdaus Nisha Muhammad Faizal
Ecocentric Transitions

Yasmin Rasyid
EcoKnights

Nithi Nesadurai
Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM)

Stasha Van Houten
Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) Spiral

Au Nyat Jun
Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch

Adrian Yeo
#PowerShiftMsia

Cynthia Nesha
Reef Check Malaysia

Winnie Yee
Sabah Women's Action Resource Group (SAWO)

Dr Rahimatsah Amat
Sabah Environmental Trust

Datuk Zainie Aucasa
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM)

Christa & Leela
Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)

Flora George
Wetlands International Malaysia

Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma, Sheena Wong Sin-Yee
WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-7450 3773 Ext. 6412
Email: sywong@wwf.org.my