Malaysia Calls for Action on Antarctic Research to Combat Climate Change

By Murniati Abu Karim
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BANGI, 15th May 2024 – In response to alarming reports of global warming and its impact on the Antarctic continent, Malaysia is stepping up its commitment to polar research and climate change mitigation efforts.

Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, emphasized that despite Malaysia not having its own research station in Antarctica, the nation’s global ranking of 36 out of 200 countries in the publication of scientific papers stands as a testament to its achievement and contribution towards understanding the Earth.

He added that for research to thrive in the Antarctic, we must have a policy framework which includes an annual allocation to continuously support our Antarctic research endeavours.

“With the rising interest of research in climate change related to Polar Regions, sustainable research fund is crucial to strengthen our Polar Research Programme.

“The data and evidence produced by the Malaysian Pola Researchers will support policy makers to make informed decision in drafting policy in adapting and mitigating the threat of climate change.

“Increase of support by the Government will give clear message to the private sectors on the importance of Polar Regions and encourage them to contribute to our mission,” he said in his opening speech when officiating the 10th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA).

In December 2023, the United Nation has published a report which highlighted that the past decade has been confirmed as the warmest ever recorded, continuing an alarming 30-year trend of global warming.

Addressing this issue, the Sultan, who also serves as the patron of the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation (YPASM), emphasized that it is no longer a matter of choice but an imperative for every nation to prioritize the preservation of the icy Antarctic continent and address the potential climatic changes it faces.

“Our mission in combating climate change and protecting Polar Regions will fail without buy-in from the public and all stakeholders.

“Thus, awareness and education on the climate change related to Polar Regions are important to draw support from the corporate sectors, youth, school children and public which without a doubt will turn into climate action,” he added.

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