KUCHING: Malaysians utilise more water than people in other countries including the United States and Australia, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
Average daily water consumption by a Malaysian was currently 300 litres, which is almost double the benchmark recommended by the United Nations, he said.
He said the UN had reported in 2010 that the total water requirement for an individual was 165 litres per day.
“In the span of one year, the ‘extra’ water we use is about 50,000 litres (per person). Without hesitation I can say this is a form of wastage and does not fulfil the Government’s desire for its citizens to lead a green lifestyle,” he said after launching the 2016 Sarawak YaHijau Tour programme at SMK Santubong near here yesterday.
The programme is jointly organised by the ministry and Malaysia Green Foundation (YaHijau), focusing on efforts to promote, enhance understanding and appreciation of going green as well as applying green technology, especially at the grassroots level.
Ongkili also stated that some 1.1 billion people in the world did not have access to clean water.
He said the Government hoped that all Malaysians could practise the “reduce, reuse and recycle” way of life as it would have a much positive social impact.
The Government, he said, would also continue to focus on the implementation of green technology in a holistic and sustainable manner, in order to ensure sustainable economic development and growth in the country. — Bernama