JASIN – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today launched the Malaysian Polytechnic POLYGreen Blueprint, an implementation plan and strategic direction for green technoogy practice in polytechnics nationwide.
Muhyiddin. who ia also Education Minister, said the plan would consolidate green development in teaching and learning in five aspects, namely green campus, green curriculum, green community, green research and green culture.
He said the move was important in creating a generation of workforce that was sensitive on environmental issues by implementing effective programmes based on scientific and local knowledge as well as cooperation with other knowlegeable stakeholders.
“We hoped all politeknik graduates will become agents of change who lead green technology in their future career,” he said when launching the blueprint at the Politeknik Merlimau here.
Also present were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Department of Polytechnic Education director-general Datuk Mohlis Jaafar and about 1,000 staff and students of polytechics from throughout Malaysia.
Muhyiddin said the move was also in line with the national mission to become a high income developed nation that achieved a low carbon level by 2020.
He said the blueprint could also save government expenditure in the long term besides responding to the government’s call to reduce national carbon dioxide release by 40 per cent.
It was hoped that politechnics could also benefit from the knowledge and skills to develop a sustainable system in the long term, thus addressing climatic change that was increasingly becoming a cause for concern.
“Mitigation adaptation measures on climatic change needed to be implemented in a comprehensive and integrated manner at all levels and sectors,” he said.
He said researches conducted by local universities revealed that the devastating floods that affected the country last year was caused by climatic change and global warming.
“Climate change and global warming also caused other occurences such as typhoons, landslides, droughts, forest fires, water catchment shortages and others that are increasingly rampant these days,” he added. – BERNAMA