Weed out corruption in plastic dumping, urges TI-M

Malaysia is returning back to source countries any dirty plastic sent here.

PETALING JAYA: Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) says it is appalled by the extent of foreign waste dumping in the country.

In a statement today, it said it fully supported the swift action by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin in cracking down on illegal dumping sites and welcomes the government’s stance on sending back over 3,000 tonnes of waste to their countries of origin.

“It is clear that 3,000 tonnes of waste did not slip in through our borders overnight.

“Such a monstrous amount of waste had to be sanctioned to pass through Customs and as Yeo has said, the plastic waste was falsely declared.

“Could this happen without the knowledge of the relevant authorities in charge of guarding our borders?”

TI-M said the waste had to be transported to a location which was registered under the respective local councils as waste disposal or storage facilities.

It questioned whether these sites had been verified and approved by local council officers.

“What has become clear recently are reports of influential individuals with titles hindering enforcement action and protecting these illegal operations.

“TI-M notes that lack of political will, lack of support and other challenges may hinder law enforcement authorities from carrying out their job.”