Audit report shows environment not being taken seriously – Sahabat Alam Malaysia

The Auditor-General’s Report on Pahang state agencies responsible for environment has revealed the poor management of the natural resources of the state. Photo above shows a piece of forest land being used for settlement and agriculture development. Photo courtesy of Auditor-General Office.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 – The Auditor-General’s Report 2019 on the Pahang state agencies responsible for the protection of environment has revealed important information, says the President of Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Meena Raman.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia President Meena Raman.

“It clearly shows that the environment is not being taken serious. We are happy to note the call by the Pahang regent at the opening of the state assembly that more serious attention should be paid to the environment, including on stressing environmental and social governance.

“However, if existing laws are not followed, it is hard to expect voluntary Environmental, Social Governance (SGC) principles to be sufficient.

“The Pahang Audit must be taken most seriously, with actions taken against those responsible for violating existing laws. Otherwise, these reports will just remain in the shelf and business will go on as usual,” she said.

“Right now, the environment is being trampled on, with devastating consequences for the local communities affected and the general public. Let’s not wait for more environmental disasters before we act,” she said in an interview with Weekly Echo.