Malaysian Perspective on River Pollution, Sanitation and Sewerage Management – A Discussion on Policy and Operational Framework.
River System and Pollution
Malaysian Rivers at CPR Chanakyapur New Delhi:
|Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research|
Malaysia has developed an integrated approach to management and treatment of waste from sewered and non-sewered areas that is considered very successful. It is estimated that around 65% of the urban population of Malaysia is covered by network sewerage, while the rest rely on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) services which are provided by the same agency that provides network sewerage services. As with any other success story, the Malaysian experience has contextual details, and its own share of problems and challenges, but there have been significant achievements in terms of coverage, quality of services and environmental outcomes. These achievements make it possible to think of FSM not as a second-rate solution for poor cities, but a viable and first-rate alternative to network sewerage.
The talk was focus on two themes: (i) The causes and remedies of river pollution and the linkages with the sanitation sector; and (ii) Sanitation and sewerage management in Malaysia as a case study of reform and sector transformation.
Dorai Narayanan was the Head of Department of the Planning & Engineering Department in Indah Water Konsortium. He joined Indah Water Konsortium in March 1996 as the Regional Planning Manager (North). Before joining Indah Water Konsortium, he served as Senior Sewerage Engineer in Penang ULB. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Environmental Management) from Melbourne University. He is a registered professional engineer.