Green collaboration mooted for Borneo island nations

An official from the Republic of Tatarstan (centre) briefs Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (right) on products the country produces such as helicopters and ships.

KUCHING, Nov 21: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has proposed the three countries on Borneo island enhance collaboration in promoting the green economy, including green technology and wildlife conservation.

He said it’s high time for efforts to be stepped up for the the three countries that share Borneo Island — Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia — to strengthen the green economy.

Speaking at the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuching today, he said Malaysia recognised the need to preserve the sustainability of the environment for future generations.


“We strongly support the notion of a green economy as being integral to our development. Economic growth and development must not be at the expense of the precious ecosystems we are charged by the Creator Himself with looking after.

“As His khalifahs, God appointed us as custodians of the earth. There should be no debate on this divine mandate, especially on this beautiful island of Borneo.”

He added that Malaysia would be very happy to facilitate further discussion on this proposal within the framework of an appropriate forum involving the countries concerned.

“I am confident that our collective efforts would be applauded domestically and by the international community,” he said. — DayakDaily