Malaysia committed to sustainable development, says Dr M

08-Nov-2019 Intellasia | Free Malaysia Today | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today reiterated Malaysia’s commitment to sustainable development, saying the issue will remain central to the government’s policies and strategies.

In his keynote address at the Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit 2019, Mahathir said sustainability and inclusivity had been the hallmark of Malaysia’s development throughout the years.

“Since gaining independence in 1957, Malaysia has consistently taken into account economic, social and environmental aspects in our development plans.

“And Malaysia has experienced good growth and development since then,” he said during the summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.

The United Nations’ SDGs act as a blueprint for countries to better ensure a sustainable future for their nation and people.

Mahathir also said the government’s new Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030), which aims to bridge the gap in income and wealth between economic classes, ethnic groups and geographical territories, was in line with the SDGs.

He said SPV 2030 would ensure inclusive development with no one left behind.

“The New Malaysia will be defined by a new set of policy tools that ensure economic growth, social harmony, economic inclusivity, environmental preservation and good governance.

“Government policies will address both the bottom 40 (B40) and middle 40 (M40) needs, particularly through more active engagements and consultations with these groups, with the ultimate aim of having macroeconomic growth that permeates and is realised on the ground.”

He added however that achieving the SDGs, including ending poverty, improving global health, ensuring universal education, and mitigating climate change by 2030, would require a substantial amount of funding.

“The expected financial burden is beyond the capacity of the government and cannot be met by official development assistance,” he said, adding that the role of the private sector was crucial in this aspect.

Meanwhile, Economic Affairs minister Mohamed Azmin Ali in his speech emphasized the need for food security, noting that in 2018, Malaysia’s food import bill was over RM50 billion.

He called for efforts to minimise food imports and boost agricultural productivity, including through the development of human capital and by leveraging technology and merging small farms for professional and efficient management.

Also present today was United Nations resident coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Stefan Priesner.


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