Source Aliran

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--It is worrying that politicians seem to be either clamouring for the politics of development and stability, or those of reform and anti-corruption, or those supporting a youthful party that is yet to portray a distinct feature that would challenge the socioeconomic ideology of the older political parties.

I watched CNA recently and was impressed by Singapore citizens’ endeavour to make their country a green state.

CNA launched its green plan challenge, a five-part infotainment series following residents from 15 Singapore townships as they navigate environmental challenges designed to debunk common misconceptions about sustainable living, centred on nature, a resilient future, an energy reset, a green economy and sustainable living.

What was unique about this programme were the citizens undertaking initiatives to green the city state, which shows that doing so is not merely an elite politician’s plan and responsibility, but an endeavour that could empower common citizens to green their neighbourhood and assume the political responsibility in the process.

This ultimately makes Singapore a city state with green voters who would shoulder the electoral responsibility in convincing the government of their seriousness in protecting their home from the implications of climate change.

The question is: does Malaysia have a similar programme that could transform our ethno-religious feudal political culture to one of sustainable living and development?

The Association for Welfare Community and Dialogue envisions a strong labour and green movement that would help create a substantial volume of green-voting citizens.