PUTRAJAYA: Guidelines on beachfront development will be enforced, according to a joint statement issued by the Natural Resources and Environment and Energy, Green Technology and Water ministries.
The statement said this decision was taken at the 8th National Water Resources Council meeting in Putrajaya, 8th October.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Also present were Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel and Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
According to the statement, rapid beachfront development in the country had affected beach hydrodynamics so much so 30 per cent of beachfronts had eroded leading to losses of public and private property.
"The guidelines spell out in detail on the do's and dont's on beachfront development. They must be followed by all local authorities, movers of projects, consultants and private companies," the statement said.
In the meantime, the meeting also discussed flood proofing guide for buildings in flood prone areas, implementation of the interceptor system at river reserves to overcome the problem of river pollution, using guidelines on the extraction of river sand.
Other matters discussed included proving geospatial information on sources of pollution at river basins, impact study on the rise of sea levels in Sandakan, Sabah, use of underground water to prevent fires on peat soil, delegation of powers of the Director-General of Environmental Quality to officers of the Malaysian Drainage and Irrigation Department under the Environmental Quality Order (Delegation of Power) (Investigation on Erosion Control and Siltation) 2012 and usage and management of water for oil palm.
In addition, the statement said all state governments had agreed to the proposal to establish the State Water Resources Council (MSANg) to ensure decisions made in MSAN can be coordinated and monitored at the state level more effectively.
The meeting agreed to study the need to set up a coordinating mechanism like MSAN in the Federal Territory.