SIIA Chairman Simon Tay called on ASEAN and Asian leaders to focus on climate change and environment. Speaking at the Asia Pacific Roundtable, attended by some 300 experts and academics in the Asia Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, Tay emphasized the region’s vulnerabilities and risks were great if climate change changes are as profound as international scientists have predicted. As such, he argued, Asians must act not to help the West but their own peoples. Many Asians wish to avoid binding limits on emissions because of the impact such caps might have on their energy consumption and their economic growth. But Tay suggested that there could be significant benefits from energy efficiency, technology transfer, and by investments in new forms of energy. He also cautioned against countries in the region rushing towards nuclear power without greater transparency and the highest levels of nuclear safety. Tay argued that climate change is a long term security issue and that the path forward to address climate change must be careful to avoid missteps that could create other forms of insecurity.