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Emphasising the role of Environmental Law in pollution control toward public health protections

Mustafa, Maizatun and Fauzi, Husna (2022) Emphasising the role of Environmental Law in pollution control toward public health protections. IIUM Law Journal, 30 (2). pp. 102-129. ISSN 0128-2530 E-ISSN 2289-7852

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The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) which has globally impacted the social ecosystem is a combination of public health and environmental crises. Amidst the challenges faced in dealing with the consequences of the crises, the pandemic has unintendedly revealed the significance of the current environmental law system to protect human health from pollution. The pandemic has also heightened the realisation that environmental threats are driven by human activities. Consequently, COVID-19 has underscored the need of securing safe and clean surroundings and has emphasised the importance of having measures to protect human health. For Malaysia, strategies aiming at environmental protection could be found within the provisions of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 (EQA). Using the library-based research methodology on primary and secondary sources of law, this paper seeks to examine the scope of the EQA on public health protection and pollution control. Against the backdrop of sustainability, the research concludes that the interlinkages of environmental conservation and public health protection mean that the EQA is the most relevant law to attain these two interrelated objectives. It is submitted that COVID-19 has re-emphasised the importance of environmental law within the realm of health protection, which is in turn essential for the sustainable development agenda.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Subjects: K Law > K3581 Environmental Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Islamic Law
Depositing User: Dr. Husna Fauzi
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2023 12:10
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 12:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/106470

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