Date Published: 07 May 2010
As part of the Annual Exchange of Visits (AEV) between the Environment Ministries
of Malaysia and Singapore, H.E. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment
and Water Resources, visited Malaysia on 7-8 May 2010 at the invitation of
H.E. Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
2 Dato Sri
Douglas Uggah Embas led the Malaysian delegation which comprised Dato' Zoal
Yusof, Secretary-General (Natural Resources and Environment), and other senior
officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department
of Environment and other Government agencies.
Yaacob Ibrahim's visiting delegation comprised Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tan Yong Soon, Permanent
Secretary (Environment and Water Resources) and other senior officials from
the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, National Environment Agency,
PUB and other government agencies.
their meeting today, the two Ministers reviewed the progress of work carried
out by the Malaysia-Singapore
Joint Committee on the Environment (MSJCE). There were fruitful discussions and
exchanges of views on the following areas of cooperation:
(i) Control of Vehicular Emissions
Both countries had made
marked improvement in tackling vehicular pollution and would continue to
share experiences on controlling vehicular emissions,
as the tightening of vehicular emission standards and promoting the use of
(ii) Joint Monitoring of Water Quality in the Straits of Johor (SOJ)
Ministers reiterated the need to further improve the water quality in the
(iii) Progress Report on the Monitoring of Ecology and Morphology in and around the Straits of Johor
Researchers/scientists from Singapore and Malaysia agreed to continue the
exchange of information on the monitoring of ecology and morphology in and
SOJ in order to conserve the biodiversity of both countries.
(iv) Pollution in Skudai Water Catchment
Malaysia will continue
to exchange information with Singapore on water quality of Sungai Skudai and
actions taken to reduce the pollution.
(v) Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill at Malaysia-Singapore
The Ministers commended the MSJCE for having successfully
conducted the 7th Joint Emergency Chemical Spill Exercise at the Malaysia-Singapore
Crossing on 2 Dec 2009. The seventh exercise recorded the largest number
to-date. It provided a good opportunity for both countries to test and
improve their existing response plan.
The next emergency response exercise
will be organised by Singapore, tentatively in early 2011.
(vi) Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Chemical Spill In the East
A tabletop exercise would be conducted tentatively
in June 2010 by Singapore to prepare for the field exercise between Malaysia-Singapore
to chemical spill in East Johor Straits (EJS) in 2011.
(vii) Collaboration Between Malaysia and Singapore in the Area of
Oil Spill Prevention and Control in the Straits of Johor
had been working together to exchange information to prevent and control
oil pollution, including the discharge of oily wastes into the
SOJ and also update the existing procedures for Control of Tanker Desludging
Activities and Disposal of Tanker Sludge in Malaysia and Singapore. Both countries
will explore the possibilities including mechanism of working together to control
oil spill in the SOJ.
(viii) Collaboration in Training between Environment Institute of
Malaysia (EiMAS) and Singapore Environment Institute (SEI)
institutes had conducted several training exchange programmes and planned
to conduct more programmes and send officials to participate in each other's
(ix) Transboundary Haze Pollution
The Ministers reiterated
the importance of continuing to work closely through the Sub-regional Ministerial
Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution,
involving Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, in strengthening
cooperation in tackling transboundary haze pollution arising from land and
1979, the Annual Exchange of Visits has served to forge closer environmental
co-operation and ties between the two Ministries.
the two delegations will participate in the 23rd Annual MEWR-MNRE Friendly
next AEV will be held in Singapore in 2011.
JOINTLY ISSUED BY:
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT, MALAYSIA
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, SINGAPORE
DATE: 7 MAY 2010
MEWR engages our Malaysian counterpart, the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment (MNRE), primarily through the Annual Exchange of Visits (AEV)
mechanism. Started in 1979, the AEV was established with the aim to maintain
and cultivate better understanding and co-operation between officials of the
The AEV includes an informal exchange of information and views
between the Ministers on various issues and a review of the progress of work
by the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Committee on the Environment (MSJCE). Issues
discussed include the water quality of the Straits of Johor, control of vehicular
emissions, emergency response plans, environmental training, etc.
the AEV is the MSJCE, which was set up in 1991. Co-chaired by PS(EWR) and Secretary
General of the two Environment Ministries, the MSJCE serves as
a platform to exchange information and experience, and to explore bilateral
cooperation on environmental issues of mutual interest.
Over the years, the
AEV and MSJCE have strengthened the close working relationship between the
two ministries and sustained channels of communications at different
levels. The establishment of a MSJCE Working Group (MSJCE WG) in 2003, co-chaired
by CEO (NEA) and Director-General (Department Of Environment (DOE), Malaysia),
further strengthened the close working level contacts and engagements between
NEA and its DOE counterparts.
To date, 23 AEVs have been held, including
the latest 24th Meeting of the MSJCE, 23rd AEV Ministerial Meeting and Annual
Friendly Games that Malaysia hosted from
7 - 8 May 10 in Kuala Lumpur.