Environmental pollution is a global concern. From global warming to green house effect and to submergence of coastal areas, pollution of mother earth ensuing from centuries-old human activities is evident from these alarming phenomena. Nations across the world are now fighting a “new” war; combating environmental pollution. In Malaysia, the Environmental Quality Act, 1974 (EQA) was passed with the main object of preventing, abating and controlling pollution as well as enhancing the environment. However, despite the existence of EQA, the question remains whether the provisions contained therein are sufficient to combat environmental pollution in Malaysia. This paper aims, specifically, to look into the provisions of the EQA in order to determine the presence of any loophole. Through the examinations on the loopholes, the insufficiency of the existing provisions of the EQA in combating environmental pollution in Malaysia will be discussed and ensuing from that, proposals for reforms to the Act, or any other relevant laws, may consequently be put forth.
|Keywords:||Environmental Quality Act, 1974 – Pollution, Powers and Duties of Director General, Locus Standi, Constitutional Constraints|
Associate Professor of Law, Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
Professor of Law, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
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