CARBON EMIS­SION, TRAF­FIC

New Straits Times - - Letters -

coun­tries with a high per capita carbon emis­sion.

While China is pur­su­ing a re­new­able en­ergy pro­gramme to phase out coal, the US is re­viv­ing its coal min­ing in­dus­try.

The prob­lem for the world is that the im­pact on global warming is not just con­fined to coun­tries that emit large amounts of carbon.

The emis­sion is bor­der­less. The global cli­matic sys­tem is im­pacted wher­ever the emis­sions orig­i­nate. All must do their bit.

This is where the launch of the mass rapid tran­sit (MRT) is pos­i­tive for SDGs. With its im­ple­men­ta­tion, as a coun­try, we have in a sin­gle stroke re­duced the per capita emis­sion of carbon.

MRT does not only con­trib­ute to cost sav­ings for com­muters in the Klang Val­ley, it also re­duces traf­fic con­ges­tion.

De­spite such pos­i­tives, it has not stopped peo­ple from crit­i­cis­ing the MRT. The fact that the MRT was com­pleted without de­lay is a demon­stra­tion that we have world-class in­fra­struc­ture com­pa­nies.

Ku­dos to the gov­ern­ment for per­sist­ing with this im­por­tant project de­spite ob­jec­tions from some.

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