Analysis: Malaysia’s election ignores climate crisis as economy dominates

  • Issue of climate change largely absent in campaigning
  • Worsening floods, more extreme weather fail to sway voters
  • Climate change a key issue for 75% of Malaysian youths

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As campaigning gathers pace in the final days leading up to Malaysia’s general election, so too is the destruction caused by a wave of flash flooding around the country, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

But despite some campaigners suspending events with voters due to rising floodwaters ahead of the Nov. 19 poll, being held during monsoon season, the issues of climate change and the environment have been largely absent in the campaigns and speeches of leading candidates.

“Given the impacts of COVID-19 and how small (businesses) were quite badly affected in the past couple of years, people are looking at better social welfare protection systems as a key issue,” said Renard Siew, a climate change advisor at the Centre for…

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