The Federal Cabinet has approved a proposal for the development of the Malaysian Environmental Performance Index (EPI) by next year, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah said today.
“For this purpose, data would be compiled for the whole country and published annually to provide a more comprehensive and clear picture of the state of the environment in Malaysia.
“Each State would also have its own EPI,” he said when officiating a Car Boot Sale and Sports Day organised by the Kuching Division Journalists Association here.
Speaking to reporters later, he said the EPI, to be implemented under the 10th Malaysia Plan, would be a joint effort between his ministry and Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia (UTM).
“Every state in the country is required to measure their own performance in relation to environmental management, and this proposal will be supported by the various agencies under the ministry,” Uggah said.
He said Malaysia is 54th among 163 countries under the EPI Global.