I.THE ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES AND TRENDS IN DEVELOPMENT
F. Institutional arrangements for decision-making and development planning, including
2. Contributions by private organizations
The environmental NGOs in Malaysia are very active by international standards. For example, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Malaysia is very active in working with government agencies on developing environmental education in public schools and higher level institutions. The Malaysian Nature Society is dedicated to the study, conservation and enjoyment of Malaysian natural heritage. The Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia has been very vocal in publicizing environmental problems and increasing environmental awareness issues among the Malaysian public. The Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia was also invited by City Hall to review the current environmental situation and contribute suggestions with respect to environmental considerations in the 1980s (Singh, 1995).
The Malaysian mass media has been quite cooperative in voicing and presenting various articles and columns aimed at increasing the awareness level of the public on environment.
The International Standards Organization provides an effective instrument for gaining cooperation from the local industries and factories in adhering to environmental regulations, in the form of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. That approach is effective as it gives the industries and factories an incentive to comply.