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Question 10 : Is the impact on the environment well within acceptable standards ?

 

All major capital projects have various parameters to meet. Apart from financial and economic benchmarks, another stringent requirement is compliance with environmental standards. In Malaysia, for developments exceeding 500 acres, an environmental impact assessment ( EIA ) study is required. More so, if Port Klang Free Trade Zone ( PKFTZ ) involves transhipment of toxic substances or its temporary storage.

Port Klang with international ships on stopovers naturally require stringent health and environmental standards. With a water frontage and nearby wetlands, floral and fauna both on land and aquatic need protection. Mitigation measures are required to show how expected negative impact are minimised.

It is imperative that being a modern facility, PKFTZ, needs to be up to international standards rather than mere compliance with minimal standards. Are its buildings or storage facilities “smart” and energy efficient ? Are the usage of transport systems and equipment environmentally friendly or carbon emission neutral ? If, for the sake of speedy implementation, this has been left out, then PKFTZ would have missed the opportunity to make a statement of intent to be among the best in the region and in the world.

 

 

Leow Kok Yuan

Mr Leow is our Managing Partner. He has worked as a consultant in multi-disciplinary development projects financed by the Malaysian Government and international development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

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