Published on September 20th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Scania takes a Climate Change stand today
Climate Change Stand
Today, the 20thof September, inspired by a Swedish school girl, Greta Thunberg, young people around the world will be on ‘climate-striking’ walking out of school for a few hours to demand action against the global warming that darkens their future.
Even companies Like Scania Truck and Bus are taking part in this strike globally to show their support for the movement. Starting from 11 am (today) until 12 pm on 20 September 2019, employees at all twelve of Scania Malaysia branches nationwide as well as the Regional Product Centre in Port Klang, Scania employees in Scania Singapore and Asia Product Centre in Singapore will stop work and attend a Scania Climate Change Day training on sustainability at their respective premises.
Discussions, quiz session, reflection sessions, conference calls across the branches and the next steps will be part of the activities during the training. Scania Malaysia is also inviting its fans, and members of the media to attend the Scania Climate Day training.
You can find out what’s happening in your community at globalclimatestrike.net.
Malaysians now more than ever before should stand up and work towards a Climate Change as we suffer for weeks under a cloud of haze. This is test bed of worse to come if no change comes about.
In a recent article in www.freemalaysiatoday.com, primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok says the four companies implicated by the Indonesian government in the haze that has shrouded the region for weeks have yet to submit a full report on the situation.
However, she said based on the ministry’s records, all four companies practise sustainable palm oil cultivation methods. She also maintained that the companies are willing to cooperate in addressing Jakarta’s claims.
“These records are based on certification according to the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil standard, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification or a combination of internationally recognised certification systems,” she added.
She also said that plantation companies are not necessarily the culprits behind open burning as they carry certification.
She added that Kalimantan has a lot of peat land, which catches fire easily in hot weather. She said this could be another contributing factor to the haze.
Kok also said it was important for the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia to work together, adding that Putrajaya would not defend the companies if evidence of wrongdoing is found.
“The accusation against the four Malaysian companies named by the Indonesian government is very serious and affects the image of the companies, while indirectly affecting Malaysia’s image as a palm oil-producing country,” she said in a speech at a ministry event here today.
The four Malaysian plantation companies accused of deliberately carrying out open burning are Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Corporation, TDM Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Group.
The accusation comes amid raging fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan which have seen thousands of personnel dispatched to douse the flames.
Indonesia’s Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said last week that Indonesian authorities had sealed off land belonging to subsidiaries of the four companies: West Kalimantan-based Sime Indo Agro (a unit of Sime Darby Plantation), Sukses Karya Sawit (a unit of IOI Corporation), Rafi Kamajaya Abadi (a unit of TDM Bhd) and Riau-based Adei Plantation and Industry (a unit of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Group).
However, Sime Darby Plantation Bhd has denied that the plantation of PT Sime Indo Agro was sealed off.