Joint Statement: Malaysia’s Poor Resilience to Floods: No Excuses!

In light of the poor response to the intense floods currently ravaging several states in Peninsula Malaysia, Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia (GDIMY) demands that federal and state governments prioritise Climate Resilience to address the issue of the extreme climate events in our country IMMEDIATELY with CONCRETE PEOPLE-CENTRED AND NOT FALSE SOLUTIONS.

The latest IPCC report states that climate change is “widespread, rapid and intensifying” and this is exactly what we are seeing playing out in Malaysia today. However, we are hopelessly unprepared. Not properly protecting our people from the full impacts of disasters is a violation of their rights to life, health, food, water, shelter, a safe and healthy environment, and livelihood.

Besides the fall out from Typhoon Rai, other causes that have exacerbated the floods in the country are:

  • Continual loss of rainfall catchment areas due to deforestation by logging (both legal and illegal)
  • De-gazettement of forest reserves and conversion to plantation, mining or mixed development
  • Poorly planned development with no proper impact/risk assessments near forest reserves causing forest fragmentation
  • Cities that have been built with low permeability to absorb rainfall
  • Changes in river management systems from unchecked canalisation and loss of buffer zones and setback lines due to developmental pressure.

We remain deeply saddened and disappointed by the slow and ineffectual response, interagency blaming and lack of coordination across government agencies in dealing with the current flood crisis. We are also very discouraged that the government has not acknowledged the climate crisis as the EMERGENCY that it is. The rakyat is awake and ready for a just transition, but are our leaders?

  1. We DEMAND that the above activities be put to an immediate halt.
  2. We DEMAND that the Malaysian government declare this disaster as a “National Disaster” and authorise the formation of a Special Commission to formally investigate this disaster and the efficacy of the response actions and to recommend reparation/compensation to those negatively impacted by any negligence on the part of the government. The independent members of this Special Commission must comprise independent scientists and local experts on flood-related issues, representatives of the affected communities, NGOs, Disaster Risk Reduction Management experts, health professionals, and town planning and sustainability experts. The investigation findings must be read out and debated in Parliament as soon as possible in 2022, and the publication made accessible to the public.
  3. We DEMAND that federal and state governments expedite the development of a robust National Adaptation Plan (NAP) with a focus on Resilience with clear targets, future scenario planning, and an implementation roadmap that covers all possible (not only probable) climate impacts holistically. All consultation processes with local governments and non-state stakeholders must be transparent, meaningful and inclusive to ensure the building of community resilience components which include rural and urban settlement and landscape design, social capital, ecosystem capital, rural and urban technological capital, and adaptive capacity (which incorporates DRRM).
  4. We DEMAND that the federal government expedite a National Disaster Risk Reduction Plan which includes instituting nationwide cross-sectoral training in Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM).
  5. We DEMAND the setting up of an independent multi-stakeholder Community Resilience Unit to oversee a nationwide programme to build community resilience in all factors beyond just disaster risk management.

Endorsed by


  1. Greenpeace Malaysia
  2. Malaysian Progressives in Australia (MPOZ)
  3. Persatuan Kesedaran dan Keadilan Iklim Malaysia (Klima Action Malaysia – KAMY)
  4. Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam ( )
  5. Parti Sosialis Malaysia
  6. Agora Society Malaysia
  7. AJ Rimba Collective
  8. Aliran
  9. Alliance Of River Three
  10. Beach Cleanup
  11. Beach Cleanup Kedah
  12. Buku Jalanan Chow Kit
  13. CERAH – Anti Haze Action
  14. Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur
  15. Dear Asian Youth Kuala Lumpur
  16. Disaster Management Basilica of St Anne
  17. Enlight Malaysia
  18. Five Arts Centre
  19. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)
  20. Gibbon Conservation Society
  21. IMAN Research
  22. Jaringan EkologI dan Iklim (JEDI)
  23. KakaCaucau Eco Hub
  24. KotaKita
  25. Liga Rakyat Demokratik
  26. LLG Cultural Development Centre
  27. Malaysian Progressives in Australia
  28. MyHutan
  29. National Association of Apex Clubs of Malaysia
  30. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)
  31. Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam – KUASA
  32. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
  33. Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur
  34. ReformARTsi
  35. Save Malaysia Stop Lynas
  36. Say No To PJD Link
  37. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
  38. SIUMAN (Rangkaian Solidariti Demokratik Pesakit Mental)
  39. Tindak Malaysia
  40. Undi Sabah
  41. Waroeng Baru
  42. Youth Build Nation (YBN)
  43. Youths United for Earth (YUFE)


  1. Alia
  2. Alice Tan
  3. Alyaa ezzati binti muhammad hakim see
  4. Animah Kosai
  5. Anwar Fazal
  6. Beverly Joeman
  7. Billie Tan
  8. Chee Heng Leng
  9. Cheong Wai Quan
  10. Cherlanne Patrick
  11. Clare Westwood
  12. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
  13. Dominic Wong
  14. Fabian Dicom
  15. Firdaus nisha m faizal
  16. Francissca Peter
  17. Gomathi Sollamuthu
  18. Grace Ng Fei Fen
  19. Hon Yu Kang
  20. Ian Lim
  21. John Ku kean heng
  22. Joshua Arvind
  23. June Tan
  24. Kamalakannan
  25. Ken
  26. Kenn Lo
  27. Laili I
  28. Lee Ren Xin
  29. Liew Yoke Mooi
  30. Liyana Amira Salleh
  31. Mah Hui Lim
  32. Maisarah Firuz
  33. Malika a/p Ponniah
  34. Mark Teh
  35. Mary Bharathy
  36. Mathini Arveena Ravee
  37. Mazni Ibrahim
  38. Muhammad Ariff bin Mohammad Nizam
  39. Muhammad Ariff Mohamad Nizam
  40. Mullaishselvi
  41. Nicole Fong
  42. Nirvan ganapathy
  43. Nurjannah Ahmat
  44. Nurul Fitrah Marican
  45. Pireya Tharaseni Arulu
  46. Quah Gek Choo
  47. Reshminder Singh Jiganda Singh
  48. Sathiish Deivakumaran
  49. Serena Josrin
  50. Sharifah Sofia
  51. Shereen Ong
  52. Siti Rahayu Baharin
  53. Soh Lin Chai
  54. SriGanesh Sithantaran
  55. Theva Kughan
  56. Vernon Christopher Fernandez
  57. Wan Manan
  58. Yi Jin Toh
  59. Yong Yuen Zhao
  60. Zunar

Link Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia (GDIMY)

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