Monday, July 26, 2010

Melaka Focusing On Becoming Green State By 2020
MELAKA, July 23 (Bernama) -- Melaka is focusing on becoming a "green state" by 2020 after its aim to be a developed state is achieved by this Oct 10.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state government would take full advantage of its green technology and become a state rich in flora and fauna within the next 10 years.

"We have embarked on several efforts such as the Solar Valley in Rembia for Melaka to become a 'green state'," he said after officiating at the Melaka-level Landscape Day celebration in Ayer Keroh, here Friday.

Mohd Ali said among the benefits to be derived would be the reduction of costs in the long term such as electricity-generation cost by 30 per cent if using renewable energy.

He said the people would also have cleaner and more comfortable surroundings with lots of greenery.

The chief minister stressed that green technology development and conservation of flora and fauna should go hand in hand. "For example, the construction of a hydro-electric dam should be carried out without destroying the flora and fauna in the area."

However, he said, such efforts had some difficulties, for example, the renewable energy technology could not fully meet the demand for power in the state and among the options thought about was using nuclear power.

Mohd Ali said the state government also targeted to plant 20,000 trees this year and up to June, 19,257 trees had been planted by four local authorities in the state.

He said the effort was part of the "city in a garden" concept and with the creation of more recreational parks, the people could engage in healthy activities, mingle and strengthen unity among themselves.


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