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Title: Legal aspects of inland water pollution control in West Malaysia
Author: Mustapha, Maizatun.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3437 6231
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2002
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The thesis is a study of the effectiveness of legal instruments in controlling inland water pollution in West Malaysia. The significance of inland water in Malaysia, especially rivers, is immense. Presently, rivers are relied upon as the main source of wäter supply for domestic, agricultural and industrial consumption besides being used for transportation, hydro-power and recreation. However, the problem of water pollution in West Malaysia is serious and widespread with an increasing number of rivers being polluted, particularly due to activities such as the discharge of effluent from industries, untreated waste from animal farms, and siltation caused by land clearance. This situation is of great concern to the public and the government as when water is polluted, its quality deteriorates, causing problems such as health hazard and water shortage besides limiting its uses for various purposes. The thesis recognises legal instruments as important and effective tools in combatting water pollution, and in the light of such concerns, it is the aim of the thesis to examine how far the present legal structure has been successful in dealing with these issues. Malaysia's main effort in applying legal strategies to control pollution is through the enactment of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 (the EQA) and the establishment of the Department of Environment (the DOE) to enforce the Act. This study analyses the scope, objectives and strategies of the EQA and other relevant laws in dealing with water pollution, and examines the enforcement function of the DOE and related agencies. Factors considered to be major obstacles undermining the efficacy of the law, namely statutory and institutional limitations and weaknesses, are examined for the purpose of providing suggestions for improvement. As a whole, the thesis seeks to prove that, if these obstacles were overcome and new measures introduced, the present legal instruments can be applied more successfully in dealing with inland water pollution, and can contribute significantly towards the betterment of water resources for present and future benefit.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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