A reader has alerted me to a creature known as the National Policy on the Environment.
It can be found on the Mida website. Just one question: do you think the PGCC complies with it – especially the bit about “ensuring the highest commitment to environmental protection and accountability by all decision-makers in the public and private sectors, resource users, non-governmental organisations and the general public in formulating, planning and implementing their activities”?
To promote environmentally sound and sustainable development, the Malaysian government has established the legal and institutional framework for environmental protection. Investors are encouraged to consider the environmental factors during the early stages of their project planning. Aspects of pollution control include possible modifications in the process line to minimise waste generation, seeing pollution prevention as part of the production process, and focusing on recycling options.
The National Policy on the Environment aims at the continued economic, social, and cultural progress of Malaysia and enhancement of the quality of life of its people, through environmentally sound and sustainable development.
The Policy aims at achieving:
* A clean, safe, healthy and productive environment for present and future generations
* The conservation of the country’s unique and diverse cultural and natural heritage with effective participation by all sectors of society
* A sustainable lifestyle and pattern of consumption and production
Malaysia’s national environmental policy emphasises:
* Exercising respect and care for the environment in accordance with the highest moral and ethical standards
* Conserving the natural ecosystem to ensure the integrity of biodiversity and life support systems
* Ensuring continuous improvement in the productivity and quality of the environment while pursuing economic growth and human development objectives
* Managing natural resource utilisation to sustain the resource base and prevent degradation of the environment
*Integrating environmental dimensions in the planning and implementation of the policies, objectives and mandates of all sectors to protect the environment
* Strengthening the role of the private sector in environmental protection and management
* Ensuring the highest commitment to environmental protection and accountability by all decision-makers in the public and private sectors, resource users, non-governmental organisations and the general public in formulating, planning and implementing their activities
* Participating actively and effectively in regional and global efforts towards environmental conservation and enhancement.