Dubbed "Environmental Workshop and Capacity Building for POs and IOs" organised by Judiciary-led Sabah State Working Group on the Environment - the second of its kind since April, the two-day event signalled the advent of "Environmental Rule of Law" which is part of the Putrajaya Statement - an output of the First Asia & Pacific International Colloquim on Dec. 12, 2013, attended by Chief Justices from across the region, including Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak.
Key elements of the Putrajaya Statement include 'right to healthy environment, adequate and implementable laws, access to justice and information, public participation, accountability, transparency, liability for environmental damages, fair and just enforcement.
The Statement borders on mild judicial warning to the region that robust laws, integrated governance structure, better accountability and a co-ordinated sustainability approach are needed for the long term viability of this fastest growing region which faces serious challenges from unsustainable growth, burgeoning populations, unbridled consumption and urbanisation.
said the aim of the two-day workshop is to train POs and IOs so that they will know how to better handle cases.
"There were a lot of cases previously where those charged got acquitted not so much because there was no evidence, but because of mishandling of evidence or failure to prosecute properly," Malanjum
told Daily Express.
That's why so many turn up because they want to get exposure," Malanjum
referred to the packed High Court turnout.
"But the NGOs have to come to help the government agencies," he