Yeo Bee Yin
Former Minister Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Malaysia)
Yeo Bee Yin was appointed and sworn in as Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment on 2 July 2018, as part of Prime Minister Mahathir's 7th Cabinet. The ministry was later renamed as Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) on 2 August 2018 for acronym convenience purposes.
Amongst her early actions as minister was to announce an increase of renewable energy goals from 2% to 20% by 2030.She has also initiated a refurbishment of government buildings to lead on efficient energy consumption.
She has helped to set up a nationwide ban on the import of plastic waste and published a 12 year roadmap that includes a legal framework in eliminating the use of single use plastics in Malaysia by 2030. Within a few short months as minister, her work on the environment had already garnered recognition from the journal Nature.