THE Regent of Pahang is supportive of the state government’s stern efforts in conducting environmental enforcement.
Citing an example, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah said the Operasi Lestari in Cameron Highlands had shown tremendous results.
“Sungai Ichat in Cameron Highlands, which was badly polluted and listed under Class 4, has been successfully cleaned up and is now under Class 1.
“Likewise, it was the same with several other enforcement operations to eradicate illegal land encroachment in this state.
“I am expressing my congratulations, especially on the consistent firmness shown by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail,” he said at the opening of the state assembly sitting at Wisma Sri Pahang in Kuantan recently.
The level of cleanliness of rivers is separated into five classes, with Class 1 being pristine and Class 5 being the most polluted.
Tengku Hassanal hoped that the efforts would be continued without fear or favour to ensure the conservation and preservation of forests and the environment in the state were maintained.
“I am confident that there are standard operating procedures (SOP) that are outlined in approving whichever form of development.
“However, I see that the monitoring and enforcement aspects of the SOP can still be improved.
“To the departments and agencies involved in enforcement, carry out well the duties entrusted to you.
“Do not be afraid and do not tremble before the challenges,” Tengku Hassanal said, urging the state government to give more focus on the needs and development of these enforcement departments and agencies so they could carry out their duties competently and efficiently.
Tengku Hassanal also reminded all parties to practise environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.
“I am calling once again on all parties including my government, corporations and private companies as well as individuals to take the implementation of these principles seriously,” he said.
He urged the state government to examine and review the rules and existing SOP.
“I welcome advanced and modern development.
“However, it is not an excuse to neglect the environment and carry out destruction at will.
“The ends do not justify the means. The development that we wish for must be done while maintaining environmental, flora and fauna sustainability.
“My government must be an example in practising the ESG principles,” he said.