Environment Services

The environmental services has developed significantly, primarily due to growing environmental awareness and increasingly stringent environmental standards and regulations.

The WTO classification for this sector covers:

  • Sewage services
  • Refuse disposal services
  • Sanitation and similar services
  • Other services

In Malaysia, waste water treatment, refuse collection and disposal, or street cleaning are infrastructure services typically provided by public authorities.

 

What a service provider needs to know

As a service provider of this sector, you may be interested in the following :

  • The relevant Acts that govern these services;
  • The Regulatory agency/agencies;
  • The liberalisation initiatives and specific service sector commitments that Malaysia has entered into.

The Acts

The National Environment Policy, Climate Change Policy and National Environmental Quality Act 1974  form  the basis for environmental management in Malaysia.

The Department of Environment (DOE) is the agency that enforces the Environmental Quality Act while the Division of Environmental Management and Climate Change (BPASPI), NRE is responsible for the policies relating to environmental and climate changes reflected in the National Environmental Policy and the National Climate Change Policy.

 

Regulatory agencies

  • Department of Director General of Lands and Mines;
  • Department of Survey & Mapping Malaysia ; and
  • The National Institute of Land and Survey ;
  • The Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia;
  • The Forest Research Institute Malaysia; and
  • The Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia
  •  Department of Environment; and
  • Department of Wildlife & National Parks Peninsular Malaysia.
  •  Department of Irrigation and Drainage; and
  • The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia.

Liberalisation Initiatives

Since 1 January 2012, 100% foreign equity is allowed for incineration services under autonomous liberalisation initiative.

 

Specific service commitments

Under AFAS, Malaysia has made commitments in environmental services in the following sub - sectors in with foreign equity not exceeding 51 per cent :

  • Waste water management services ;
  • Protection of ambient air ;
  • Noise and vibration abatement ;
  • Nature and landscape protection;
  • Solid waste disposal services; and
  • Private industrial waste management services.

 

Malaysia has made commitments in environmental services in bilateral FTAs with New Zealand and India for the following sub – sectors, with foreign equity not exceeding 30 per cent :

  • Waste water management services ;
  • Protection of ambient air ;
  • Noise and vibration abatement ; and
  • Nature and landscape protection.

 

For further information, please contact:

  • Ms. Jeswant Kaur Mastan Singh
    Environmental Services
    Phone No : 03-8886 1717
    Fax No: 03-8888 0291
    Email : jeswant@nre.gov.my
  •  
  • Ms. Fenny Wong Yuk Yin
    Environmental Services
    Phone No : 03-8871 2124
    Fax No: 03-8888 6120
    Email : fenny@doe.gov.my
  •  
  • Mr. Al-Razi Kamarudin
    Environmental Services
    Phone No : 03-8886 1603
    Fax No: 03-8889 2672
    Email : ark@nre.gov.my