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Asian Green Growth Committee (AGGC) has elected Malacca’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron as its advisory panel chairman.

AGGC was set up with the aim to generate development based on green technology and create a conducive living environment for the future generations.

Key members of AGGC include International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) vice-president Emani Kumar, adviser to vice-president of Asian Development Bank (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development) Sonia Chand Sandhu, CEO of WWF-Malaysia Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma and Director of Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation, Dr Prasad Modak.

Idris was voted unanimously by AGGC committee on Sunday after their meeting at Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines.

AGGC’s spokesperson Sonia Chand said the Malacca Chief Minister has shown commitment in preserving the environment and green initiatives through various programmes held in Malacca.

She noted that Idris has represented Malacca to more than 20 local and international forums to share his knowledge and experience.

Sonia said the AGGC relentlessly finds innovations that provide green solutions and in the technical areas, the committee has received good cooperation from the Malacca government.

“Now we require a leader with the right capacity and know-how to realise our mission.

“Our members believe the chief minister has all the criteria as a professional in the engineering field, with his technical and management skills to lead the committee,” she said in a statement from Manila.

The state government’s move to ban polystyrene plastic bags in Malacca in 2016 has been emulated by other state governments.

Idris in his statement thanked AGGC for entrusting a Malaysian to steward the committee.

“I will do my best to ensure our green lungs are conserved for future generations.

“I am wiling to take constructive criticism from any parties and listen to their views on saving our environment,” he added