Malaysia Is Ready To Cut Emissions


As Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, joins the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen later this week, his agenda will go beyond placing demands on industrialized countries.

“We are willing to offer our commitment. I am not just going to call on the developed world. I am going to commit Malaysia and I am going to commit Malaysia to very credible cuts which means we have to spend, which we will do,” Najib Razak tells Reuters.

According to UN data, Malaysians emit 7.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita (2006 figures) – which is not so much less compared to an average person in the industrialized world.

Najib Razak says that “all nations must contribute” to a new global deal and that “it has to be predicated on the fundamental principles of the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change”.

The Prime Minister also hopes that a solution on international funding that may help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change will be found in Copenhagen: “Otherwise we are just going to face a very uncertain future and the effects will be quite catastrophic.”