From interviews with selected experts and secondary sources, this paper charts the actions that led to Malaysia having
its own green building rating tool. It began with the Institution of Architects Malaysia and the Institution of Engineers
Malaysia working together in 2008 to come up with the Green Building Index (GBI) specifically suited for the Malaysian
condition. The index was launched a year later, the same year that a new prime minister came into office. With greening
the economy in mind, he launched a few major initiatives, one of which was the creation of the Ministry of Energy,
Green Technology and Water to replace the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications and another was the
launching of the National Technology Policy. In December 2009, he made the commitment on Malaysia’s behalf to
reduce carbon dioxide emission at the Copenhagen Summit, thereby cementing his commitment to green issues at the
international level. Behind-the-scene lobbying by the private sector resulted in the government explicitly endorsing the
GBI by tying GBI certification of buildings to financial incentives. This paper makes the case that the strong cooperation
between the private sector and the government over the GBI represents a form of public-private partnership on
aspects of collaborative spirit, complementarity of resources, private sector leadership, wide-ranging ramifications over
other partnerships across time, timing and sustainability. Other countries intending to come up with their own rating tool
can take stock of the Malaysian experience.
Keywords: Green Building Index, Green Building Rating Tool, Malaysia, Private-Public Partnership.
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