KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is committed to its target of becoming a carbon-neutral nation by as early as 2050, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister said Malaysia would work closely with countries with similar visions through the Asia Zero Emission Community.
Speaking at a World Environment Day event at Taman Tugu here on Saturday (June 5), Ismail Sabri said he had given Malaysia’s commitment to enact climate change-related legislation towards achieving a carbon-neutral nation by 2050 at the recent Nikkei Conference in Japan.
“The government is also committed to preserving the natural forest, covering more than 50% of its total land mass.
“The government will also implement natural-based solutions to reduce long-term impacts to the environment including planting 100 million trees by 2025,” he said.
Ismail Sabri commended Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s role in preserving the 26.7ha green lung located near Tugu Negara which offers respite to city dwellers and visitors alike.
“Taman Tugu symbolises the commitment of all parties to preserve the country’s natural heritage,” he added.
Ismail Sabri also witnessed the handover of the Taman Tugu land agreement from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to Amanah Warisan Negara (Awan).
Awan Board of Trustees representative Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar received the document from Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.
Awan, a national public trust founded by Khazanah, was set up to preserve, conserve, manage and operate Taman Tugu.