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BFM, Law & Behold No. 51: The Taman Rimba Kiara Case & The Right to a Sustainable Environment

Thursday, 11 May 2023

In the wake of the recent landmark ruling on public participation in development and town planning, BFM speaks with Abraham Au and Jia Yaw about opportunities moving forward on environmental human rights in Malaysia.

After 6 years of a long legal battle, The Federal Court has unanimously decided that the development order for the Taman Rimba Kiara project was null and void. It was particularly highlighted that the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 has embedded a mandatory process of public participation, ensuring that the public’s views on proposed plans are included. BFM’s Juliet Jacobs invites Abraham Au (Messrs G.S. Nijar), a constitutional lawyer who is part of the winning team of this case, and Jia Yaw to discuss the case outcome and its implications on future public interest litigation cases.

In this radio interview for Law & Behold, Jia Yaw speaks on:

  • Lessons learned from this constitutional case

  • The universal right to live in a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment

  • The recognition of environmental rights in Malaysian constitutional law

Listen to the conversation here.

For the previous discussion between Juliet Jacobs, Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi and Jia Yaw on the United Nations General Assembly’s historic recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, please click here:

For the Federal Court’s written judgment (which is an excellent read!), please click here:

Taman Rimba Federal Court Judgement 2023
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