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Malaysia – climate leader or laggard?

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Was Malaysia snubbed when it wasn’t invited to the US-organised Leaders’ Summit on Climate, which will be hosted by US President Joe Biden?

The event will feature world leaders from 40 countries, and a statement from the White House said that invitees included the “heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy”.

Does Malaysia not fit the bill? BFM speaks to Meenakshi Raman, president of Sahabat Alam Malaysia and head of programmes at Third World Network, about whether this lack of inclusion warrants attention, while also discussing Sahabat Alam’s ongoing work on climate change, how these organisations are battling climate inaction, and the deception of carbon markets and “net zero” pledges.

Producer and presenter: Juliet Jacobs

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loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
21 Apr 2021 7.49am

Meenakshi Raman, I salute you folks for working the thankless efforts of putting Malaysia in the lead for climate leadership.
Come on, Malaysians must be ostriches with their heads in the ground to believe our nation demonstrates a strong leadership for a net-zero economy.
Sarawak Report, Sahabat Alam Malaysia and other Third World Networks have highlighted communities been pushed aside by state govts. and big corporations as they extract the valuable timber from their land.
So, Malaysia – climate leader?
Don’t make me laugh!!

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