Deputy Ministry: Devolution of environmental autonomy still under discussion

Len Talif speaking to reporters on Jan 18, 2024 after the 7th Natural Resources Environment Board (NREB) and Sabah's Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Dialogue Session which is held at a local hotel here.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Jan 18: Matters involving Sarawak environmental autonomy is still under discussion with Federal government, says Deputy Minister Of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

He said the administration part has been finalised but there are some legal matters that need to be sort out.

“There are a lot of layers and levels of authorities that you need to look at because it is not only involved transfer of power, but at the same time, the budget has to be discussed as well.

“It is a dynamic process. Some of it has been achieved but there are few other things that we need to sort out before we really finalised it,” he told reporters after officiating the 7th Natural Resources Environment Board (NREB) and Sabah’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Dialogue Session held at local hotel here today.

Asked when the process was expected to be completed, Len Talif said there is no timeline set because the process involves complex issues especially the legal aspect.

“Although environmental matters will be under State jurisdiction, there are still certain matters that fall under Federal government responsibility, such as financing,” he said. – DayakDaily