Me­laka to share ‘green ideas’ with Songkhla, Medan — Idris

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ME­LAKA: Me­laka is look­ing to share green tech­nol­ogy ideas and in­no­va­tion with Songklha in Thai­land and Medan in In­done­sia, in a vi­sion to trans­form the three im­por­tant cities in South- East Asia into fully fledged green cities.

Me­laka Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the jour­ney into be­com­ing a green city must be made to­gether by the three cities which were selected as In­done­sia-Malaysia-Thai­land Golden Tri­an­gle’s ( IMT- GT) flag­ship green city ini­tia­tives.

“We can­not do this alone, ideas and chal­lenges must be shared... we must work to­gether to over­come any chal­lenge and ex­plore new green in­no­va­tion, thus be­com­ing green city mod­els for the world,” he said at a press con­fer­ence af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing the IMT- GT work­shop here yes­ter­day.

Idris said Me­laka was ready to share its Green City Ac­tion Plan (GCAP) with the two cities which com­prised all the bench­marks set by IMT- GT for Me­laka to be­come a green city by 2020.

He said GCAP was vi­tal in chart­ing Me­laka’s green vi­sion by pro­vid­ing rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at main­tain­ing the Hang Tuah state’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in tourism and in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion while keep­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges at a min­i­mum.

“All par­ties, govern­ment, en­force­ment and pri­vate sec­tors must com­ply and fol­low this plan, es­pe­cially in ini­ti­at­ing new de­vel­op­ment... the green city ini­tia­tive is not a job for the govern­ment alone,” he noted.

Idris said GCAP would also pro­vide Me­laka with a clear path to­wards be­com­ing a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity and es­tab­lish­ing the state as a role model for high­end liv­abil­ity in the re­gion. — Ber­nama

Idris (sec­ond right) re­ceives a sou­venir from di­rec­tor of Cen­tre for In­done­sia-Malaysi­aThai­land (CIMT), Khun Pairote (left), af­ter de­liv­er­ing his Key­note Ad­dress at the Work­shop on In­done­sia-Malaysia Thai­land Growth Tri­an­gle (IMT-Gt) Green City Ac­tion...

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