KOTA KINABALU, 11 January 2020 (SabahNewsToday) - Director of Sabah Parks Dr Jamili Nais, 54, has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment.
He succeeds Datuk William Baya who has retired after a 37-year career in the civil Service.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Christina Liew at the Ministry’s office in Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens, here, on Friday.
“Welcome to the Ministry. I have full confidence in the new Permanent Secretary. His vast knowledge and passion for ecology will stand him in good stead,” she said as she introduced Dr Jamili to the staff of the Ministry and its six agencies.
The agencies under Christina’s ministry are Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Cultural Board, Sabah Parks, Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Museum Department and Environmental Protection Department.
Meanwhile, Dr Jamili admitted that it is a challenge to fill the shoes of the Permanent Secretary, given the three portfolios of tourism, culture and environment, “more so because we have a very dynamic
minister at the helm.”
“I will strive to discharge my duties with honesty and integrity. That I can promise you,” he assured the Minister.
Born in Ranau, Dr Jamili obtained his BSc (Honours) in Botany from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He joined Sabah Parks in 1988 where he started as the Parks Ecologist and was based at Kinabalu Park for 11 years.
Subsequently, he became the Assistant Director of Sabah Parks, heading its Research and Education Division prior to his appointment as Deputy Director.
He was promoted to Director of Sabah Parks in 2014.
Dr Jamili has been a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) World Commission on Protected Areas since 1996.
Most notably, he is a member of the prestigious IUCN’s World Heritage Panel for the 2017-2020 term, being the only
representative from Asia on this 12-member panel.-SabahNewsToday
Kota Kinabalu, 26 Oct (Daily Express): Local authorities have a pertinent role in ensuring development projects are being controlled at its initial stage where it complies with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) said Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
“I strongly urge all of you to liaise regularly with Environment Protection Department (EPD) or Department of Environment (DOE) for technical advice to ensure development activities in this State are being implemented in a proper manner according to the existing legislation.”
She said this at the “Awareness on the Implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) In Sabah Seminar” at Hilton KK, here, Wednesday.
Christina also emphasised the importance of the environmental consultant’s role especially in mega development projects. She added that some projects will have a team comprising prime consultants, architects, electrical engineers and specialists, among others, but not environment consultants.
“It is time that I think we should look into the requirement of having an environmental consultant to be part of the team planning because from the beginning, if the environment consultant too is included, that solves a lot of problems.
“They would be able to advise the prime consultants of the architecture team on what needs to be done, and what is to be complied with before the project should proceed.
“I propose we look into that one and we’ll be bringing this up to the Housing and Local Government Minister (Datuk Jaujan Sambakong) and discuss with him about this,” she said.
In another development, when asked whether an EIA report has been made regarding the State Government’s project in setting up a silica factory, Christina said the report is still under way.
“He (Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) announced it (silica factory project) and I’m very sure that their consultant will be working on it (the EIA report). I believe the government, before they launch any projects, will submit their proposals to the department for assessment first,” she said.
When asked on whether an EIA report has been made regarding the proposed Papar Dam project, Christina said that it has yet to be received. Christina added that any project will strictly be assessed based on orders and rules as the environmental department has its procedures in place.
“We take it seriously because only when all terms are complied with that the project will take off from the ground,” she said.
On the event, Christina said that the seminar is important as it serves as a refresher course to remind government officers and non-government organisations (NGOs) the importance of having their projects assessed in complying with all the terms and orders under the EIA.
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 24 (Malaymail) — The Sabah government is looking at making environmental consultants part of the planning for projects to avoid environmental problems cropping up later, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew today.
Liew, who is also tourism, culture and environment minister, said that the state was moving towards more environmentally friendly housing and commercial projects and it was appropriate that an environmental consultant be part of the planning process.
“I know many times projects are set up by a team of special consultants — prime, architect, electrical and civil — but they don’t have environmental consultants.
“I think it is time to look at having an environmental consultant as part of the planning for projects. If they are included from the beginning, it will solve a lot of problems,” she said when speaking to reporters after attending the launch of a seminar on the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
She said that the role of the environmental consultant would be to advise the other consultants on various areas of compliance before the project can commence.
“I will propose this and I will bring this matter to the Local Government and Housing Ministry,” she said.