Malaysia spent RM2.7b on environment protection in 2018

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE country’s total environmental protection expenditure for 2018 has increased by 4% from the year before to RM2.7 billion, with the highest expenditure by the Selangor state government.

According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s Environmental Protection Expenditure Survey 2019, Selangor spent the highest amount on environmental protection expenditure of RM500.6 million or 18.6% from the total national spending.

Johor and Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur (KL) came next with RM326.5 million (12.1%) and RM325.2 million (12.1%) respectively, and Negri Sembilan RM292.3 million (10.8%).

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said these four states contribute 53.6% from the overall expenditure.

In a statement yesterday, Mohd Uzir said the findings obtained from the survey for the reference year 2018 showed that expenditure for pollution management was the largest contributor with RM1.84 million or 68.1%.

“Meanwhile, waste management was valued at RM726.1 million (26.9%) and environmental assessment and charges of RM91.6 million (3.4%),” he added.

Overall, he noted that operating expenditure remained the highest contributor at 73%, whereas 27% was spent on capital.

“The manufacturing sector dominated the expenditure on environmental protection in 2018 at RM1.82 billion or 67.5% in contribution, followed by mining and quarrying at RM305.5 million (11.3%) and services at RM293.9 million (10.9%),” Mohd Uzir said.

The construction sector contributed 2.7% or RM230 million, while agriculture, forestry and fishing spent RM45.5 million.

However, expenditure on protection and conservation of wildlife and habitat, as well as waste management was reduced to RM5.6 million and RM726.1 million.