Established in 1975, the Department of Environment (DOE) of Malaysia is responsible for the prevention, control and abatement of pollution in the country through the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act of 1974 and its subsidiary legislation.
The agency is guided by the vision to conserve the uniqueness, diversity and quality of the environment with the objective of maintaining health, prosperity, security and well-being for present and future generations. It defines its mission as promoting, ensuring and sustaining sound environmental management in the process of nation building.
The DOE is the federal authority in Malaysia that also monitors air and water quality and noise, manages toxic and hazardous wastes based on the “cradle-to-grave” principle and implements the Environmental Impact Assessment system.
To ensure that staff, related government agencies and industry representatives have the opportunity to better understand policies, tools and developments in environmental management, the Department established and operates the Environment Institute of Malaysia (EiMAS), with full training facilities within the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia campus in Selangor. In addition, the agency operates a complaint hotline, and maintains a control room in Putrajaya that operates around the clock for immediate response.
Presently, the Department has 1,571staff (on full operation) and operates through 15 State Offices and 25 Branch Offices in Malaysia.
The Malaysia DOE joined AECEN in February 2009.