As I was reading the article written by Wong Sai Wan, Stuck with Dirty Diesel, my first thoughts were – it’s high time to migrate to a country that has stricter emission laws so that our children can breathe in fresh air everyday and enjoy a better quality of life – it makes a BIG difference.
With so many campaigns to save our earth, how about starting with the biggest contribution of air pollution – emission from vehicles —> solution: promote usage of a less harmful fuel. It’s is sad to learn that our country is still lagging way back in terms of selling a more-environmental-friendly diesel in the LOCAL market. We refine and export Euro 4 diesel (which has lower sulphur content – which emits way lesser pollutants) to other countries but our own. As the author put it: “While people as far away as California – which has the world’s most stringent emission laws – get to enjoy Euro 4 fuel made here in Malaysia, we Malaysians are stuck with our dirty diesel”.
What is the reason? —–> it all points to inefficient government policies. By bowing down to pressure from foreign oil companies (which operate the majority of petrol stations in the country) —–> in the name of profit, of course; we have to pay a huge price living in a polluted environment. So much for the development of a ‘green civilization’.