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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has an opportunity to be a major player in the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), says Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said this was due to the abundance of fuel-making feedstock in Malaysia, such as used cooking oil (UCO) and other forms of biomass.

“In Malaysia, cooking oil is widely used, but then it is exported to other places to be processed as SAF.

“At the same time, both Malaysia and Indonesia are pushing to include palm oil as part of the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia) Eligible Fuel Criteria, as we are their largest producers globally. ”, he said at a press conference. after yesterday visiting Neste’s renewable diesel refinery in Tuas, Singapore.

He added that during his visit to the refinery he saw up to 10 types of raw materials that are used for the manufacture of SAF, ranging from animal fats to UCO.

“Looking at this, I could see how much potential Malaysia has to also produce raw material supplies for SAF, given that we also have a lot of such resources.

“However, a major problem is logistics costs, so the raw material has to be sourced from all over the world.

“If we can produce such a raw material in Malaysia, it will surely benefit all parties,” he said, adding that aviation accounted for 2-3% of global carbon emissions, and this could rise to more than 20%. by 2050.

“The use of SAF will in turn be a way to reduce these emissions,” he said.

Dr. Wee noted that the SAF must be developed and deployed in an economically viable as well as socially and environmentally acceptable manner, in accordance with the intent of resolution A40-18 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly.

“SAF is a key lever to achieve net-zero ambitions in the long term, but it also requires a holistic approach with further research and development initiatives coupled with large investments to improve technology.

“A change in the regulatory environment is also needed to ensure a broader and deeper adoption of SAF in the aviation industry,” he said.

He also said that since SAF would be one of the main contributors to emission reductions for international flights by 2050, it was appropriate that more efforts be devoted to this initiative.

“Malaysia, through the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, under its newly formed National Aviation Industry Coordination Organization (Naico), has also established a task force to make the SAF initiative a reality,” he said at the event. which was also attended by Neste representatives. Singapore Expansion Project Director Petri Jokinen, Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Dr. Azhar Mohamad Mustafar, and Firefly CEO Philip See.

Yesterday also marked Firefly’s second passenger flight and Malaysia Aviation Group’s fourth SAF-powered flight.

“I hope that these airlines can keep the momentum going while other (airlines) may also consider using SAF for their operations,” Dr Wee added.


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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama


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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1

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PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.

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I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he was at a country club in Petaling Jaya for a farewell party for former employees of the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday (November 25).

The former prime minister strongly denied that it was said he was at the club for a closed-door meeting between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders, Sinar Harian reported.

Ismail, Umno’s vice president, said he would only meet friends for a farewell ceremony.

READ ALSO: Dr Wee refutes claims that he attended a discussion with Umno and PAS leaders

“These (rumors) are malicious slander meant to tarnish my name. Nowadays, I can’t even meet my friends,” he told the Malaysiakini online news portal.

Talk about a meeting at the club had gone viral on social media after photos of various politicians arriving at the club were posted online.

Ismail added that it was unfair for certain quarters to label him a “traitor” for meeting with PAS leaders, however BN leaders who met with their Pakatan Harapan counterparts earlier this week were branded as “heroes”. .

The viral post lists Ismail, former Umno General Secretary Tan Sri Annuar Musa, PAS General Secretary Takiyuddin Hassan, MCA President Datuk Dr. Seri Wee Ka Siong and former Putrajaya Umno Deputy Director Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, among those who attended the meeting. .

Earlier, Dr. Wee said in a Facebook post that he had been to the club after receiving an invitation from two businessmen.

“It was to have dim sum for brunch at a restaurant located in the country club.

“When I arrived, I met former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was in the cafeteria next to the restaurant.

“I greeted him before my friends arrived. When they (my friends) arrived, I went directly to the aforementioned restaurant for lunch,” he said, adding that he was hurt by the slanderous accusations.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also denied that Barisan General Treasurer Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was present at the farewell ceremony.

Sinar Harian reported that Ismail Sabri also said that other Umno leaders such as Khairy Jamaluddin were also slandered for going against party chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Right now, because they want to support other people to form a government and appoint someone to be prime minister, the Umno leaders are slandering each other and dividing the party,” he said.


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