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SUHAKAM Stakeholder Consultation on Human Rights & Plastic Waste Import in Malaysia

Friday, 19 November 2021

SUHAKAM, in collaboration with C4 Center, organised this event which shed a lot of light on the problems linked with imported plastic waste

The event was held physically at the Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur with a limited number of physical attendees and many others participating virtually.

Wong Pui Yi from C4 Center presented the gist of her research on Malaysia's imported plastic waste and its impacts on local communities. The stakeholder consultation was divided into two panels, with presentations from and discussions among public officers from the Department of Environment, National Solid Waste Management Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, a representative from the local plastic manufacturing industry and environmental lawyers.

The panel discussions were moderated skilfully by Dato' Mah Weng Kwai, Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, and Cynthia Gabriel, Founding Director of the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center).

Jia Yaw represented the Bar Council Environment & Climate Change Committee and spoke about the urgency of mainstreaming the human rights to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in the justice system. Theiva Lingam, legal advisor to Sahabat Alam Malaysia, discussed the far-reaching problems of plastic pollution and impacts on people and the environment.

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