In his keynote address at the World Future Energy Summit which opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre two days ago, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed that the challenge was to act now before it was a case of "too little, too late".He said countries promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, like Malaysia , should increase the breadth and depth of the initiatives taken to reflect the urgency of the challenge confronting them.
I welcome Najib's statement as he has also correctly pointed out that ""Our planet can no longer withstand man's unsustainable consumption and wastage. It's our moral responsibility to bequeath to our children a more pristine and healthy planet".
Secretary general of the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry Datuk Dr Halim Man had , in an opinion piece in the Star newspaper dated December 25 last year mentioned the need to put in place the Renewable Energy Act.
Dr Halim revealed that in November last year, Dr Hermann Scheer, the German parliamentarian who pioneered the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) programme in Germany was invited to Kuala Lumpur to share his experiences in driving national policies on renewable energies.
This was a wise move by the Ministry as I share the view that the FIT is seen as the most effective mechanism to drive renewable energy development aggressively.
I have long been interested in FIT programme but I was not able to raise the issue in the last Parliament sitting because my oral question did not come up.
Nevertheless, I had recently emailed to Dr Halim to enquire as to how FIT can become a reality in Malaysia .
I had also asked him when will the Renewable Energy Bill be tabled in the Parliament and which country's relevant Act is being considered.