Malaysia - Environmental Quality Act

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    Malaysia - Environmental Quality Act

    The Malaysian Environmental Quality Act 1974 (Act 127) (‘the Act’) regulates the enhancement of the environment through the prevention, abatement and control of pollution. 

    Last Updated: July 22, 2019


  • Requirements

    In particular, the Act establishes that the occupier of any premises and/or any vehicle or ship for the movement, transfer, placement or deposit of waste must: 

    • ensure that it has obtained a licence of its premises of premises based on the volume, type, constituents and effects of wastes, discharges, emissions, deposits or other sources of emissions and substances which are of danger or a potential danger to the quality of the environment;  
    • ensure that it has obtained prior permission in respect from the Director General for any application to carry out work, building, erection or alteration or its premises etc.;  
    • not emit or discharge environmentally hazardous substances, pollutants or waste into the atmosphere in contravention with the conditions under Section 21;  
    • not emit or cause noise pollution in contravention of conditions under Section 21; 
    • not pollute the soil in contravention of conditions under Section 21;  
    • not spill any oil or any mixture containing oil into the Malaysian waters in contravention of conditions under Section 21;  
    • not cause or allow the open burning on any premises; and 
    • must maintain and operate equipment in an proper and efficient manner, among other things.  

    Violations for the failure to obtain a license include financial penalties, as well as criminal sanctions. 

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