Environmental policy in Malaysia: biomedical waste, strategies and issues / Abdul Raufu Ambali, Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar and Farah Murni Merican

Ambali, Abdul Raufu and Bakar, Ahmad Naqiyuddin and Merican, Farah Murni (2013) Environmental policy in Malaysia: biomedical waste, strategies and issues / Abdul Raufu Ambali, Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar and Farah Murni Merican. Journal of Administrative Science, 10 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1675-1302


Management of waste is a general acute problem around the globe. Waste management is of
great concern as urbanization and economic development increase leading to generation of
larger quantity of waste materials. The management of waste materials requires immediate
attention of the newly emerging economy country such as Malaysia. To be more specific,
biomedical wastes are becoming a topic of one cannot deny the important roles play by
biomedical science and its activities on human life and fitness. However, these activities can
generate some wastes that pose severe effects on human health and environment at large,
especially if there is no proper management policy in place. Although some may argue that
waste is generally unavoidable by-product of most human activities but the provision of
expanded healthcare facilities today have added substantial quantities of biomedical waste
into waste stream with severe environmental and human health consequences. This paper
examines the level of biomedical waste in Malaysia. It also addresses the impacts of these
biomedical wastes and the strategic measures taken by Malaysian government. Finally, it
identifies some potential issues associated with policy measures and put forward some policy
recommendations for precautionary measures in the future.


Item Type: Article
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Ambali, Abdul Raufu
Bakar, Ahmad Naqiyuddin
Merican, Farah Murni
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > Environmental policy and economic development. Sustainable development. Environmental management
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Administrative Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Administrative Science (JAS)
ISSN: 1675-1302
Volume: 10
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-17
Keywords: Biomedical activities, biomedical waste, Management, Policies, Strategies and Issues
Date: June 2013
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/8435
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