Press Statement by Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon National President of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

The fight against global warming is on with a campaign to save energy from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on March 28. Gerakan is joining many Malaysians and the rest of the world to support this noble global effort.

The World-Wide Fund for Nature is taking the lead, asking the people to turn off their lights for one hour for Earth Hour.

In a statement, Gerakan President, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the lights at its headquarters building in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang would be shut off during the campaign period.

“Our effort may be small, compared with other major users of energy. However, we believe a small effort can make a big difference in the fight against global warming which is harming our environment,” said Dr Koh.

“In fact, everyone should make it a habit to turn off lights, fans, televisions, computers, etc when not in use, to save energy and help to ensure that energy usage will be sustainable for this and future generations.”

He said Gerakan has been committed to environmental conservation. The Penang State Government previously led by Gerakan was amongst the first to formulate a state-wide environment conservation strategy and to gazette a national park.

In 2006, the party had set up the Central Environmental Bureau chaired by the current party secretary-general, Teng Chang Yeow. Since then, the bureau had organised several activities, including seminars to create greater environmental awareness amongst the people.

In 2008, the bureau’s name was changed to Central Bureau on Environment, Safety and Quality of Life, and is now headed by Dr Cheah Soon Hai, who is also Kedah Gerakan Chief and the State Assemblyman for Derga.

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