Essay about Maritime

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MARINE ENVIRONMENT LAWS IN
MALAYSIA

DEVELOPMENT AND
COMPLIANCE

Outline of Presentation
• Introduction
• Objectives of Study
• Methodology
• Development of Marine Environment Laws

in Malaysia
• Compliance with Marine Environment Laws in Malaysia
• Conclusions

Introduction – Environmental Law
• Body of international convention, domestic statutes







or laws, state or provincial ordinances and local government bylaws that govern human activities which impact the environment.
Established to:
- avoid tragedy of the commons
- eliminate free riders in environmental protection and control of pollution
And in response to:
- the growing development of environmental ethics - the changing requirement of
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• Has changed since then.
• Need to continuously adapt to changing conditions. Development of Marine Environment Laws in
Malaysia: Land-Based Pollution Laws

• Close correlation between economic focus and land-based pollution laws.
• 3 observable phases
- rubber and palm oil
- electronic and manufacturing
- development control
• Compliance level high.
• Innovative approaches used.

Pollution Control
• 3 main sources.
• Levels of regulation vary:
Industrial = High
Domestic/Municipal = Medium
Non-point (agriculture) = Low
Development control
• EIA based
• Pioneer in the region
• A few test cases
• Compliance an issue

Development of Marine Environment Laws in
Malaysia: Vessel-Based Pollution Laws

• Laws have been in force since 1974 (EQA) and
1984 (EEZ Act).
• Penalties increased in response to spate of pollution incidents in early 1990s.
• “Fine not exceeding five hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment nor exceeding five years or to both” under sections 27 and 29 of
EQA.
• Fine “not exceeding one million ringgit” under
EEZ Act.

• Includes provisions for detention of vessels and posting of bonds.
• Increased penalty and strict enforcement has reduced incidents.
• Prosecution of cases however low.
Prosecution of Vessels Caught Polluting Malaysian Waters under Section 27 of the EQA, 2001 - 2003
Year

Number of Illegal

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