MINISTER OF ENERGY, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE | MALAYSIA

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020

WHEN MEETING OTHER LEADERS, WHAT ONE QUESTION DO YOU LIKE TO ASK?

When engaging with industry players in Malaysia, the first thing we ask is how can government help them to succeed. It’s important that we as government listen to the challenges that people face, and think about how the implemented frameworks support people in doing their jobs better. 

When people’s work performance improves in aggregation, then government has an effective and robust industry, ultimately promoting investment and economic development. We always ask: “How can we have a framework to help business to be more competitive and offer better products?” 

When meeting with other global energy ministers and leaders, one of the things we always discuss is how Malaysia can partner with other countries.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER LEADERS WHO ARE LEADING BIG TEAMS TO HELP THEM KEEP THEIR TEAMS MOTIVATED? 

In many instances, what teams need are purpose and accountability, not necessarily monetary rewards. As a leader, one thing we need to do is to motivate them through the internal purpose of understanding what the greater purpose is of working toward a specific objective: the greater purpose of providing affordable electricity; what a greater purpose is in pushing for green energy.

I have only been minister for one year, but I think that this is something that’s very important, and people see an intrinsic value in what we do.

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