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PRESS STATEMENT 22 April 2019
Beyond Chemical pollution: Water Sustainability

The Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) wishes to mark this World Water Day by stating that Malaysia needs urgently to ensure the whole water cycle is sustainably managed, rather than being fixated with chemical water pollution problems in both Johore and Selangor [with the sudden realisation that penalties under the EQA 1974 have not been able to prevent pollution by irresponsible firms and individuals> since its enactment].

CETDEM think tank SUDI published in Dec. 2018 a report titled TOWARDS WATER SUSTAINABILTY that set out 22 Recommendations on how sustainability could be achieved. Copies of this Report have been sent to the National Water Council, KATS & MESTECC Ministers, all Chief Ministers & MBs as well as relevant agencies, asking them to act on relevant Recommendations. All news media have also been supplied copies of the Report.

CETDEM strongly believes that serious implementation of our Recommendations by all major stakeholders will enable the holistic and sustainable management of this important resource. Among the major problems indentified were poor coordination between agencies, inconsistent enforcement of regulations, lack of conservation efforts [except during water shortage spells] & treating rivers/waterways as convenient dumps. There are extensive recommendations on improving governance at all levels.

We urge that recipients of our Report ACT on the Recommendations [and advice us of these actions] so that Malaysia moves TOWARDS WATER SUSTAINABILITY rather than continuing to tackle problems in an ad hoc manner.

Gurmit Singh K.S.
Chairman

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