PENANG exco Jagdeep Singh Deo is spot on in saying that it is time to stop developers from funding their own Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports as there is a clear conflict of interest.
I would suggest that the relevant ministry set up an agency such as a survey board. All EIA report fees should be paid up front to that board before the consultant undertakes his work. Perhaps a scale of fees should be introduced too.
Consultants doing the EIA reports can then do a proper job in the public interest without fear of their views compromising their fees!
Of course, the ministry concerned should also ensure that the consultants involved can be disciplined for biased reporting to weed out the bad apples.
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