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7 Out Of 10 M’sians: Saving The Environment Is More Important, Even If It Hurts Economic Growth & Job Creation

7 Out Of 10 M’sians: Saving The Environment Is More Important, Even If It Hurts Economic Growth & Job Creation

More than half see climate change as a serious issue.

Hakim Hassan

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A recent survey has indicated that 7 out of 10 Malaysians want more priority given to environmental protection over economic growth and job creation.

Around 73% of Malaysians say that protecting the environment is more important in an International Science Survey 2019-2020 done by Pew Research Centre, while 27% of the respondents say creating jobs should be prioritised even if it harms the environment to an extent.

The survey asked 1,650 respondents to choose either “protecting the environment (even if it causes slower economic growth and some loss of jobs)” or “creating jobs (even if the environment suffers to some extent).

It also showed that more than half or 52% of Malaysians see climate change as a serious issue.

Among the environmental problems they see are:

  • Pollution of rivers, lakes and oceans (81%)
  • The amount of garbage, waste and landfills (78%)
  • Air pollution (76%)
  • Loss of forests (75%)
  • Extinction of plant and animal species (65%)

The data also revealed that Malaysians care about investments in research as 76% say that government investments in scientific research aimed at advancing knowledge are usually worthwhile for society over time.

But in terms of whether they think their government is doing a good job varies as 41% say the government is doing too little while 39% say it is doing the right amount now.


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