Lima-de-Oliveira, R., 2018. “Powering the future: Malaysia’s energy policy challenges” Policy Ideas, n. 55, 11/2018. Kuala Lumpur: IDEAS.

Renato Lima de Oliveira | ASB Faculty | Research Paper


Discipline: Political Science; Public Policy


The energy industry is changing fast and in multiple directions with important consequences for energy-rich countries. Malaysia is also experiencing unprecedented political changes with the election of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in May 9 of 2018, the first alternation of power since the country independence. Some of the key promises made by the PH’s manifesto are related to the energy sector, including a fast growth of renewable generation and the promotion of green technologies. However, unlike the rest of the world, Malaysia’s energy matrix is becoming more carbon-heavy and dependent on coal. This paper discusses the global energy scenario, Malaysia’s energy policy challenges and explains why it is important to put energy innovation at the forefront of the national development strategy.