Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Labuan declared Malaysia’s low carbon island

LABUAN: The federal government is to declare Labuan as a Low Carbon Island in the country, in line with the people's aspiration for a healthy environment.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the decision to declare Labuan as the first low carbon island in Malaysia was due to the less usage of water and electricity compared to other places.

"We will implement this through a number of stages like recycling of rubbish, reducing the non-revenue water and wastage of electricity," he said at a press conference after the TN50 Nationwide Tour here today.

He said an allocation would be set aside to fully realise the vision with close cooperation from the relevant local authorities.

The declaration would also help boost the island's tourism, he said.

"The local authority of Labuan Corporation can come in to help realise this, as our part (KeTTHA) will be to deal with research, consultancy and campaign on green lifestyle programmes for the people.

"If you look at Jeju Island (Korea), the main business there is tourism, because the island is heading towards a carbon-free island, many visitors are going there for honeymoon and so forth" he added. — Bernama